MPCC Day 1b: Levels 5-6 (blinds 250-500, ante 50)

8:30pm: Ten-minute break

8:25pm: One-outer river for Te

Just prior to the break William Te Jr has landed a huge pot but not before sweating a dramatic river card. With the chips in preflop Te held the best hand with his [k][k] up against a short stack's [j][j] and Yongseok Choi with [a][k].

Te watched the safe 5♥7♥4♣ flop fall, but the A♦ turn was not what Te wanted to see as Choi took the lead. However the river was a one-outer K♠ for Te, as he rivered a set to collect the pot. The short stack was sent to the rail, Choi still has a few chips left while Te leaps up to 70,000 chips.

8:15pm: Tsang on song

The details are a little sketchy but it's been reported to us that Elton Tsang is now up to a stack of 100,000 in chips.

After a preflop raising war, Tsang made a move on a Q♠J♠A♠ flop but ran into an opponent's set of queens. Tsang showed 2♠[2] and somehow managed to spike the 7♠ to turn his lowly ducks into a flush to take the lead. The river was the 9♥ to see Tsang shoot up towards the top of our chip count leaderboard.

8:00pm: Raiding chips

Raiden Kan is a dangerous man with chips in hand, so his table had better be on alert right now as the Malaysian is up to 65,000 after a crafty hand.

In the big blind, Kan called a preflop raise from Kenny Shih, and then check-called bets of 1,800 on the flop and 3,800 on the turn, before leading for 10,000 on the river on a board of J♣3♥A♦9♥K♥. Shih made a reluctant call with A♠J♦ for two pair but Kan showed J♥2♥ for a deceptive backdoor flush to take it down.

7:45pm: Huang tames Benasa

Sammy Huang is motoring along in the MPCC Main Event after the elimination of February's Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon winner Mark Benasa.

As recalled to us, Benasa opened with a raise to 1,000 from under the gun and Huang made the call on the button. They saw a flop of [2][5][8] and Benasa checked to Huang who bet 3,000. Benasa check-raised all in for around 14,000 and Huang made the call with [a][8] to leave Benasa in trouble with his pocket sixes.

The turn was a [4] to give Benasa a straight draw but the river was an unhelpful [q]. Benasa is out as Huang, who was this year's ANZPT Canberra champion, is up to a healthy 55,000 chips.

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Sammy Huang is motoring along nicely in the MPCC Main Event

7:30pm: Level up, blinds 250-500, ante 50

7:20pm: No repeat for Lee

We've just lost the most recent Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon champion in Singaporean Patrick Lee.

Lee's last chips went into the middle with A♦Q♠ to find himself racing with the 9♥9♦ of Raymond Wong.

The flop landed A♥6♦T♣ and Lee was eyeing off a double up after pairing his ace. The turn was the 8♥ and Wong picked up a straight draw but the river 9♠ was the dagger through the heart of Lee as he experienced the rare taste of defeat.

7:10pm: Sparrow has flown

Sparrow Cheung has been eliminated after he got his chips in on a flop of A♥K♦2♠. Cheung held a respectable A♦Q♣ for top pair but he ran into Tomohito Nakayama's A♣K♥ to leave Cheung needing a miracle.

It didn't arrive as the 5♣ and 5♦ completed the board. Cheung is on the rail as Nakayama is up to 65,000 chips.

6:50pm: Celina flushed

Celina Lin has been bundled out of the MPCC Main Event in very unfortunate fashion.

Four players, including Lin holding T♣9♣ paid 1,000 apiece to see a A♣Q♣3♣ flop. Bingo, bango, bongo for Lin as she flopped a flush and was looking to double up.

The chips went flying and Lin got her stack into the middle against John Tech who held Q♦Q♠ for a set. Lin was looking to avoid a pair on board, but the Q♥ didn't waste any time in appearing as Tech turned quads to leave the poker starlet drawing dead. The river was the 7♣ as Lin exited the main event and jumped straight into the side event.

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Celina Lin departs the Main Event at the MPCC

6:40pm: Picking the right spot

We always talk about the Macau poker players loving to gamble but we've just seen a couple of very disciplined folds.

With a raise to 1,800 in front, Hirotoshi Nakabo thought for a moment before flat calling. The action as then with a late position player and he moved all in for an additional 13,125. The original raiser folded as Nakabo went deep into the tank. He soaked up a good five minutes of air time and on several occasions indicated that he held ace-king.
He stood from his chair and eventually folded to hang onto his stack of 35,000.

"You have pocket tens?" Nakabo asked the other player who folded.

"Better," he replied. "But I can't call him unless I have pocket queens," he added, indicating that he had folded pocket jacks.

6:30pm: Play resumes

The players are back with 140 still in contention from today's field. Finding a chip leader is tough work at the moment with a few players including Choon Siang Tan and Marcus Lau hovering around the 70,000-chip mark.

The ladies are left standing for Team PokerStars but both Celina Lin and Vivian Im have some work ahead of them with both below their starting stacks.