MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 22 & 23 (blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 3,000)
7:50pm: Dinner break
We'll be back in 45 minutes. Here are the approximate chip counts at the break:
Haifeng Xue - 3.17 million
Kwan Mah - 1.9 million
Conrad Coetzer - 1.55 million
7:45pm: Double up for Coetzer
Haifeng Xue opened with a raise to 85,000 from the button before Conrad Coetzer three-bet another 140,000 on top. Xue called and the flop landed 6♣7♥T♥. Coetzer checked to Xue who bet 300,000 but Coetzer check-raised all in for another 235,000. Xue was priced into call, and he did, tabling 6♦8♠ for a pair and straight draw as Coetzer's J♠J♥ were out in front.
Xue would need a six, eight or nine, but it wasn't to be on the 3♣ turn and 3♠ river. A double up for the South African as he heads to dinner with 1.55 million. Xue is still our chip leader with 3.17 million.
7:35pm: Tim Luk eliminated in 4th place
Tim Luk's newly-found chips didn't serve him for too long as another failed bluff has led to the elimination of one of our players here on the Red Dragon final table.
Haifeng Xue opened with a button raise before Luk three-bet from the big blind. Xue made the call and they saw a flop of K♦6♦8♣.
Luk followed up with a continuation bet of 300,000 and Xue called to see the 9♠ hit the turn. Luk announced himself all in and Xue insta-called!
We assumed that Xue had the mortal nuts as he stood from his chair and slammed A♠K♥ down on the table. Top pair was enough as Luk showed A♥Q♠ to find himself drawing dead! The river was the J♣ and Luk heads home in 4th place for HK$317,300 in prize money as Xue now has a massive chip advantage.
7:25pm: Matthew Chan eliminated in 5th place
It was a quick fall from grace for Matthew Chan. On the button the next hand he moved all in for 508,000 following the cutoff raise to 120,000 from Kwan Mah.
Mah took a long time and looked likely to fold but he eventually made the call. Mah opened A♦T♦ and was in great shape against Chan's A♣4♣.
Mah hit the flop of T♣3♦5♦ although Chan still had three outs with an inside straight draw. The turn was the 3♥ and river the A♠ to leave Chan heading to the rail in 5th place for HK$250,300 in prize money.
7:20pm: Another Luk-y double up
Tim Luk has indeed ridden his luck to land yet another double up. This time it was a big one with Matthew Chan the one taking the massive hit.
Luk opened to 60,000 from the cutoff before Chan put in his second three-bet in two hands, as he made it 160,000 from the small blind. Luk thought for a moment before moving all in with Chan quick to call.
Luk caught very good as the board ran out 9♠5♦3♠9♣A♥ to make a full house for a huge double up to 1.6 million, leaving Chan on 500,000.
7:15pm: Coetzer takes it with four-bet
Conrad Coetzer is starting to ramp up the aggression as he put the pressure on Matthew Chan. Coetzer opened to 65,000 before Chan three-bet another 111,000 from the big blind. Coetzer responded with a rare four-bet of an additional 205,000 which was enough to force a fold. Coetzer is up to 1.4 million and looking very solid.
7:05pm: A much-needed double for Luk
Not much had been happening for our short stack, Tim Luk, who was getting himself blinded out without playing a hand. But he just made a stand when he shoved all in over the opening raise from Kwan Mah.
Mah quickly called with 4♥4♦ and I guess Luk was probably happy enough to be racing with his T♦8♦.
The flop landed T♣6♣K♦ and Luk gave a fist pump at pairing his ten to take the lead. The turn A♠ and river 7♦ completed the board to see Luk double up to around 800,000. Mah is back to 1.3 million.
6:50pm: Level up, blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 3,000
6:30pm: Kwan chips up
Conrad Coetzer opened with a raise to 52,000 from the button and Kwan Mah made the call in the big blind to see a flop of A♠9♦A♣. Mah checked to Coetzer who bet a small 57,000, but Mah came back over the top with a check-raise to 200,000. That was enough to take it down as Coetzer gave it up.
Two hands later and Kwan collected another nice pot. He opened from the button before Matthew Chan three-bet to 150,000 from the small blind. Kwan made the call and saw a flop of 4♥J♦T♥.
Chan fired out 175,000 and Kwan called as the 9♦ hit the turn. Chan slowed down and checked it over to Kwan who fired a hefty 400,000. The price was too much for Chan as he gave it up to slip to 1.2 million with Kwan now our chip leader with 1.9 million.
6:15pm: Double for Luk
Tim Luk had been sitting pretty quiet for most of this final table but he just made some noise after doubling through chip leader Matthew Chan.
Luk shoved for around 320,000 from the button A♠J♣ and Chan made a gambling call with K♣8♣ in the big blind.
The board ran out 4♦3♦4♠J♠6♦ to give Luk two pair for a double to 700,000. Chan is still our chip leader with around 1.6 milion.
6:10pm: Justin Chan eliminated in 6th place
Very next hand and Justin Chan moved all in from the small blind for around 350,000 but Conrad Coetzer made the call in the big blind.
The board fell T♠5♣Q♠8♣A♠ as Chan's quest for a second major Macau title falls just short, but he should be happy to take home HK$201,100 for another fine tournament performance.
6:05pm: Jessica Ngu eliminated in 7th place
Jessica Ngu was able to triple up the next hand to get herself to 70,000 but that was as far as the comeback went. She moved all in once again with J♦5♣ but ran into the K♣K♦ of Conrad Coetzer.
The board ran out 2♥6♦3♥K♥8♥ to see Ngu eliminated in 7th place for HK$156,400 in prize money.
6:00pm: Failed bluff leaves Ngu on the ropes
Jessica Ngu has provided some of the more memorable moments of this final table, and she's just given us another, with a failed triple-barrel bluff against Matthew Chan to leave herself on the verge of elimination.
It was a battle of the blinds with Ngu completing from the small blind and then calling the raise to 75,000 from Chan in the big blind. The flop landed A♠5♦4♦ and Ngu led out for 100,000. Chan flat called and the turn brought the 6♠. Ngu released again for another 200,000. Chan took a moment and made the call as a mountain of chips were already in the middle before the T♦ river.
With three diamonds now on board, Ngu decided to move all in. She narrowly covered Chan who held 613,000 chips and after a minute of though and a couple of sips of water, he made a courageous call.
Ngu sheepishly showed Q♠7♥ for queen-high as Chan took down the monstrous pot with A♣Q♣ for top pair. Ngu is now crippled with barely one big blind as Chan is up to nearly two million in chips and our chip leader.
5:50pm: Play resumes
The final seven players are back on the felt of the Grand Lisboa Casino as play continues on the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon final table. Haifeng Xue is our chip leader, but it's still anyone's game!
It's just been pointed out to us that this series of the Macau Poker Cup has broken all previous records. There were a record 1,632 competitors who entered events throughout the series, beating the previous record of 1,579, creating a total prize pool of HK$9,482,270 (US$1,223,500) which smashes the previous record of HK$7,780,280 (US$1,000,000).
Congratulations to everyone involved at PokerStars Macau for making this the biggest Macau Poker Cup ever!