MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Level 27 (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 5,000)
Congratulations to Patrick Kar Keng Lee; winner of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event (HK$1,039,700)!
The PokerStars Blog would like to congratulate Patrick Kar Keng Lee on defeating the 478-player field to be crowned the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event Champion, recipient of the stunning Red Dragon trophy and a massive HK$1,0397,000 in prize money.
Not only does this mark Lee's first major tournament victory, but also the first Red Dragon win for a Singaporean -- with Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang finishing in second place in July 2010 being the closest until now.
Without doubt Lee was the quiet achiever of the final table as he entered four-handed play as one of the short stacks before mounting a serious comeback -- mainly through the chip leader at the time Xiaobo Zhou -- before maintaining an aggressive and constant approach before eventually winning a race to claim the title.
That wraps up our live updates from the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event, but we'll be back with a full wrap of today's action for you shortly.
12:00 a.m: Tetsuya Tsuchikawa eliminated in 2nd place (HK$717,000); Patrick Kar Keng Lee wins!
Ever since this heads-up battle started, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa has slowing been seeing his chips passed over to opponent Patrick Kar Keng Lee. Down to 13-big blinds and then 10-big blinds, Tsuchikawa was going to need to take a stand at some point if he wasn't able to catch a hand.
Facing yet another 250,000-chip button raise from Lee, Tsuchikawa paused for roughly thirty seconds before moving his 961,000-chip stack into the pot. Lee grimaced but announced a call to put the Japanese player at risk.
Tsuchikawa had finally found a hand. But Lee found one strong enough to put the patient player at risk.
With photographers, media members and PokerStars Macau staff all pressing one side of the final table as a collection of onlookers pushed hard against the rail, the dealer slowly spread a A♦Q♠4♠ flop to give Lee the lead.
With both Singaporean and Japanese supporters screaming for cards, the dealer would peel the K♠ on the turn to keep Tsuchikawa drawing to two outs -- albeit from a ten to make a set to the now needed jack for Broadway.
More shooting echoed throughout the room, but unfortunately for Tsuchikawa it would be the Singaporean rail cheering excessively as the 6♥ graced itself on the river to force Tsuchikawa to the rail in 2nd place for a HK$717,000 payday as Lee was crowned the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event Champion for August!
11:50 p.m: Chop it up
Patrick Kar Keng Lee made it 250,000 to go from the button and Tetsuya Tsuchikawa defended his big blind before the 9♠3♦J♥A♠J♦ board was checked through.
Tsuchikawa tabled his [10c]9♦ and Lee his 9♥8♥ to see the pot chopped up.
11:45 p.m: Lee edging further out
Since the resumption of play, Patrick Kar Keng Lee has been furthering his lead over Tetsuya Tsuchikawa.
With Tsuchikawa now slipping down to 1,355,000, Lee has extended his chip stack to 5,815,000 to hold a better four-to-one lead over Tsuchikawa and his 13-big blind stack.
11:35 p.m: Play resumes
The cards are now back in the air with the final two players still fighting it out to see who will be crowned Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event Champion!
With over HK$322,000 the difference between first and second, it is now crucial that players don't make a single mistake if they want to be the winner, and consequently here are the updated chip counts:
Patrick Kar Keng Lee (Singapore) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- 5,115,000
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- 2,055,000