MPCC Day 3: Levels 17-18 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)
4:20pm: Ten-minute break
4:00pm: Wang washed
Victor Chong opened with a raise to 16,000 before Zuo Wang moved all in for a little over 100,000. The table folded back to Chong who quickly called with 9♣9♠ for the best hand against Wang's A♠9♥.
With Chong calling out for his hand to hold the board was spread 4♦Q♣6♦6♥4♠. Chong collects as Wang take HK$55,500 for his 19th place. With that elimination the players are now forming the final two tables of play.
3:45pm: Jones falls
It's been struggle today for overnight chip leader Will Jones and his tournament is now over. Following an open-raise from Seng Yong Lee in the cutoff, Jones moved all in from the button or 137,000 with K♠Q♦ but Lee made the call with a dominating A♠Q♠.
Jones was needing a king but the board ran out T♥4♦Q♥5♠6♦ to leave Jones to head to the cashier as Lee is up to 420,000 chips.
3:35pm: Shaq flops straight to sink Chan
Action folded around to Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin who moved all in from the small blind to put Justin Chan to a decision for his last 70,000 or so chips. Chan made the call with A♠6♦ and found himself in great shape to double up through Lin's dominated 8♥6♥.
That was until the flop came down 7♣5♠4♦ to the roars from the rail as Shaq flopped a straight to leave Chan in deep trouble. The turn was the T♠ and river the K♠ to eliminate an unlucky Chan and jump Shaq up to 250,000.
3:20pm: Level up, blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500
3:10pm: Clock called on Shaq
Charles Lam opened with a raise and Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin called in middle position as the two saw a flop of 7♥2♦7♦. Lam led out for 27,000 and Lin made the call as the 2♣ hit the turn.
It wasn't the most impressive board but it was enough for Lam to announce himself all in. Lin had about 190,000 behind and Lam had his opponent covered.
"Shaq" then went deep into the tank with a clearly difficult decision for his tournament. He looked back at the clock and also to his hole cards on several occasions as the minutes ticked by. Eventually TD Danny McDonagh had seen enough and called the clock. Lin waited for the clock to tick down to the final seconds before he released his hand.
Lin saves his last 190,000 with Lam now up to 520,000.
3:00pm: Kan's empire grows as Tsang falls
Raiden Kan has extended his chip lead even further as Elton Tsang was the victim on this occasion.
We picked up the action on the turn with the board reading A♦7♥5♦5♥. From the small blind Tsang checked to Kan who bet 50,000. Tsang committed to the call, leaving himself just 80,000 behind as the Q♠ hit the river.
Again Tsang tapped the table as Kan splashed a bet of 70,000 into the middle. Tsang called relatively quickly but couldn't better Kan's A♥K♦ for top pair. Tsang was left with just 10,000 and was eliminated moments later as Kan climbs over one million in chips.
2:40pm: Hu has it
Tam Truong and Richard Hu have gone to war with Hu landing a massive double up. Hu raised preflop from early position and Truong defended his big blind with a call as the action flop of 8♠6♥Q♠ came down.
Truong led out for 13,500 and the two exchanged some banter before Hu tossed out a raise of 30,000 on top. Action was back with Truong who added another 100,000 on top before Hu moved all in. Truong was committed by that point and he made the call with Q♥8♥ for top two pair but Hu showed 6♣6♠ for a flopped set.
The turn was the K♥ which game Truong some life as he added a flush draw but the river bricked the J♦.
Truong was left with just 20,000 and eliminated shortly after as Hu doubled up to 600,000.
2:20pm: Play resumes
The players are back after a much-needed break. It was utter carnage in the first two levels with 18 players dropping away with just 25 now remaining. Raiden Kan is our runaway chip leader with Frenchman Sebastien Clot likely to be next best. Hung-sheng Lin and Justin Chan are also both still in contention.