MPCC Day 2: Levels 10-11 (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)
4:20pm: Ten-minute break
4:05pm: Raiden straightens them out
After being down to just 30,000 in chips a short time ago, Raiden Kan is now one of the tournament chip leaders after a massive three-way all in pot.
Kan had the worst of it with pocket tens up against the pocket kings of Marcus Lau and Ying Kit Chan's pocket aces with all the chips in preflop.
The flop of 9♠Q♠J♥ was an interesting one as Lau was now needing to hit a ten, while Kan added to his outs with any king or eight with his open-ender as Chan remained in the lead.
The 9♦ turn changed things around again as Lau now wanted his king to make a full house, while Kan was back to his lucky tens or and eight to make a straight.
The dealer burned and the rail roared as the 8♠ rolled off to give Kan a miraculous straight! He scooped a massive pot worth around 180,000 while Chan hit the rail. The kings were cruel to Lau yesterday and again he's met disaster as he drops to 50,000.
3:45pm: A tale of two Taswegians
Ok, so I'm a little biased when it comes to two Tasmanians we have in the field, but seated on nearby tables, we couldn't help but notice both Chris Edgar and Will Jones find simultaneous double ups.
Edgar's was the bigger of the two as he opened with a raise to 3,800 from under the gun and found two callers. The flop was 6♥6♠5♦ and action checked to a middle position player who bet 8,900. Haifeng Xue folded his big blind but Edgar made the call as the 7♦ hit the turn.
Edgar slowly checked and his opponent took the bait as he moved all in, but Edgar snap-called with 5♥5♠ for a flopped boat to leave his opponent's Q♥Q♠ in trouble. The paint on the river left Edgar's heart to skip a beat but the K♣ was safe enough. Edgar eliminates his opponent to move up to 115,000.
Moments later and Will Jones, who finished 4th in the recent ANZPT Melbourne event, three-bet shoved for an additional 11,600 with K♦9♦ and was looked up by an opponent's 6♠6♣. The board of 8♠9♣3♠A♠7♦ paired up Jones for the double up to 45,000.
3:30pm: Hirotoshi silenced
Our favourite Japanese player has been eliminated as Hirotoshi Nakabo's tournament has come to an end.
We heard the yelling and then the "ohhhh nooooo" from Nakabo after his pocket fives lost the race against an opponent's ace-jack when an ace landed on board.
3:20pm: Level up, blinds 800-1,600, ante 200
3:10pm: Raiden Kan't
Raiden Kan has just taken a hefty blow with a river that perhaps looked good, but ended up rather bad.
It was a battle of the blinds with Kan raising to 3,600 from the small blind and his opponent in the big blind defending with a call to see a flop of 5♠6♥7♥.
Kan followed up with a flop bet of 4,000 and his opponent called as the 6♣ hit the turn. Both players checked and the river was the 8♥ to complete possible straights and flushes. Kan must've liked the river as he bet out for 7,000 but his opponent appeared to like it more as he raised to 17,500. Kan tossed the chips reluctantly into the air to make the call and mucked his cards in disgust when his opponent showed 8♠8♦ for a rivered full house. Kan slips to 30,000.
3:00pm: Vivian vanishes
It appears we've lost team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im. It seems that not long after her table broke she was eliminated from her new home.
As recalled to us, Im tried to bluff an opponent on a board of [q] holding total air but she couldn't get her opponent to fold his queen. That leaves Raymond Wu as our last Team PokerStars Pro remaining.
2:40pm: Tech keeps it cheap
Yue Qing Zhou had worked his way to a stack of well over 200,000 before his empire was brought down to Earth with a thud in a big clash with John Tech.
We picked up the action on the flop of 5♦J♥5♣. From the blinds, Tech checked it to Zhou who bet 4,500. Tech made the call as the A♠ hit the turn. Tech checked again and Zhou released a second barrel worth 13,000. Tech again matched the bet.
The river was an innocent looking 2♥ as Tech decided to try and keep it cheap with a bet of just 10,000. Zhou was having none of it as he cut out chips and slid 44,600 into the middle. Tech asked for a count and postured for a few moments before making the call.
Zhou showed 5♥6♥ for trip fives, which he thought were good, but Tech surprisingly tabled 5♠A♣ for a full house!
"How come you didn't raise? Are you really afraid of jacks?" asked one player at the table, as Tech just shrugged and raked in the chips.
Tech is up to 160,000 with Zhou slipping to 170,000. Victor Chong is also now on this table with a stack of 170,000, so we could see some more big pots emerge!
2:20pm: Play resumes
The players are back following the break with 113 still alive in the MPCC Main Event. Victor Chong and Sunny Jung are among the chip leaders, while Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu and Vivian Im are cruising along comfortably.