MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 24 - 26 (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000)
Congratulations Kwan Mah - Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Champion!
A big congratulations to Kwan Mah who has defeated a field of 447 players to capture the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon trophy and a massive HK$983,400 in prize money. Not a bad effort for someone who qualified for this tournament from a local Phase 1 satellite for just HK$1,200.
Mah was an irresistible force throughout the day and displayed a very solid heads-up game. Even when he lost a coinflip and the chip lead, Mah remained slow and steady, and ultimately came out on top. Well done Kwan Mah!
That wraps up our live updates from the Red Dragon Main Event but we'll be back with a full wrap of today's action for you shortly.
11:25pm: Haifeng Xue eliminated in 2nd place; Kwan Mah wins!
In a world record for longest ever winning hand in a poker tournament, Kwan Mah has been crowned the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon champion!
And we're serious about the world record. This final hand went for close to 13 minutes. We were timing it. It's gotta be a record right?
It all started with Kwan Mah taking several minutes to decide to raise to 215,000 preflop. Haifeng Xue made the call and the flop came down Q♠K♥8♥.
Xue checked it over to Mah who fired a continuation bet of 300,000. Xue made the call and the turn was the 8♦. This is where we thought both players might have stopped breathing. Xue checked to Mah who took forever to bet just 250,000. It was a suspiciously small bet amount and it perplexed Xue who had to think for five minutes before matching the bet.
Finally we were up to the river 7♣. As slow as the turn action was, the river chaos was supercharged! Xue immediately declared himself all in and before the dealer could flick across the "ALL IN" disc, Mah had made the call!
"You win," conceded Xue and Mah turned over Q♥8♣ for a full house! Xue mucked his cards, but the floorstaff ruled that they must be shown, so we saw his J♦T♦ for a busted draw.
After a great tournament and a dramatic heads-up battle, Haifeng Xue picks up HK$679,400 for his 2nd place finish. Congratulations!
11:00pm: Mah back in front!
This is turning into an epic heads-up battle as the lead has swapped back over once again as Kwan Mah has landed a big double up through Haifeng Xue.
Mah opened to 175,000 on the button and Xue called to see a 4♥A♦5♦ flop. Xue check-called for 250,000 and the 7♦ hit the turn. Xue checked and again called, this time for 600,000 as a massive pot had already developed before the Q♠ hit the river.
Xue checked, Mah instantly moved all in and Xue snap-called as if he had the stone-cold nuts! It wasn't quite that way however as Mah tabled 7♣5♣ for two pair which was good against Xue's A♣8♥ top pair.
Mah is back to 4.2 million with Xue now down to 2.4 million.
10:50pm: Level up, blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000
10:45pm: Slow and steady wins the race
It's slow going once again. Not only because both players have returned to their limping ways, but each player is taking a lot of time over every decision. Kwan Mah especially. They are playing for big money here, so no one can blame them for taking their time to make the right decisions.
We did get to a river in a recent hand. Mah raised to 160,000 on the button and Haifeng Xue called to see a A♦J♦3♣ flop. Xue led out for 200,000 and Mah called before both players checked the J♠ turn. On the 9♣ river, Xue bet what was already in his hand - it worked out to be 290,000. That was enough to take it down.
Xue is at 4.6 million with Mah at 2 million.
10:25pm: Huge double up for Xue
After some early aggression play slowed to a bit of a crawl as our two players started to get into a limping routine. Not overly exciting when the players are so deep.
However finally we saw a little preflop aggression and an all in to give Haifeng Xue a big double up.
Kwan Mah opened to 180,000 before Xue made it 430,000. Mah was in the tank...for a long time. So long in fact that Mah genuinely asked if he could use the bathroom while he was waiting. That idea was nixed. The clock was then called on Mah and he declared himself all in. Xue stood and declared a call!
It was your classic coinflip with the title on the line. Mah gave the Red Dragon trophy a hug and some luck must've rubbed off as the board fell 5♠A♣5♦2♣K♦.
"Now you can goto the bathroom while we count down the chips!" said the floor staff and as Xue scurried off, his stack was doubled to 4.7 million with Mah now down to 1.9 million.
10:00pm: A little value
In a rare showdown, Kwan Mah has taken another small pot with a nice value bet against Haifeng Xue.
Xue had limped the button and Mah checked to see a J♦J♠K♣ flop. Both players checked and the 2♠ hit the turn. Mah fired 100,000 and Xue called as the 5♣ completed the board.
Again Mah tossed out 100,000 and Xue looked him up. Mah opened a lowly 2♣4♥ for jacks and deuces which was enough to take it down as Xue mucked.
9:50pm: Level up, blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000
9:45pm: More Mah
More chips and momentum for Kwan Mah as Haifeng Xue is looking a little frustrated.
Xue opened to 120,000 on the button before Mah three-bet an additional 345,000 from the big blind. Xue called and they saw a flop of J♣Q♠7♣.
Mah led out for 600,000 and Xue looked interested but he eventually let it go. Mah now has a 2-to-1 chip lead with 4.4 million to 2.2 million.
9:30pm: Mah moves them all in
After Haifeng Xue got the early advantage in this heads-up match, Kwan Mah has struck back with our first all in.
Xue opened to 120,000 on the button and Mah called to see a 9♠7♦9♣ flop. Mah decided to lead out for 150,000 but Xue responded with a raise to 380,000. Mah called and the turn was the 3♦. Mah checked it over to Xue who bet 325,000 but Mah check-raised all in! It was around 2.3 million more and Xue sat in the tank for several minutes before making a reluctant fold.
Neither of these players likes to be pushed around but it's Mah who moves ahead with 4.1 million to Xue's 2.5 million.
9:20pm: We're heads up for the title!
After a quick pause for photos, the players are back and ready to play for the title. Here are the chip counts:
Kwan Mah: 3,352,000
Haifeng Xue: 3,212,000
It's neck and neck! The players are really deep but these two have shown plenty of aggression throughout the tournament so it may not be a long contest (famous last words!)
9:00pm: Conrad Coetzer eliminated in 3rd place
Conrad Coetzer looked in control in this three-way battle but when he needed a little luck he just couldn't find it as he becomes our 3rd place finisher.
Coetzer opened with a raise to 90,000 from the button before Kwan Mah three-bet another 180,000 from the small blind. Coetzer called and they saw a flop of 3♥K♥8♣.
Mah led out for 400,000 before Coetzer moved all in. Mah made the call and we had ourselves one hell of a big pot!
Coetzer had a flush draw and overcard, but he couldn't shake Mah's top pair. The turn J♣ improved Mah to two pair and the river K♦ was the nail in the coffin for the South Africa. Coetzer is out in 3rd place for HK$402,300 and suddenly we are heads up!
The players are taking a quick break to setup for heads-up play.
8:45pm: Xue straight back to work
The dinner break hasn't put a stop to the momentum of our chip leader Haifeng Xue. Kwan Mah started things off with a raise to 95,000 from the small blind and Xue defended his big blind to see a flop of T♦J♠J♦.
Both players checked and the turn brought the Q♠. Mah led out for 150,000 but Xue doubled the price to 300,000. A frustrated Mah let it go and our chip leader showed K♣9♠ for the straight. He's up to 3.5 million chips.
8:35pm: Play resumes
The three remaining players are back in action following the dinner break and the cards are in the air!
The PokerStars Macau Poker Room is actually pumping this event with four events running simultaneously. The Bounty side event has just made the money, an APPT Melbourne satellite has just kicked off and the High Rollers event is down to the final table, with Nick Wong and Neil Arce still in contention. It's all happening here in Macau!