MPCC Day 3: Levels 19-20 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)
Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: Seijiro Machi (Japan) - 616,000
Seat 2: "Chester" Seng Yong Lee (Malaysia) (PokerStars Player) - 598,000
Seat 3: Hau Huang Chang (United States) - 466,000
Seat 4: Richard Renyong Hu (China) - 566,000
Seat 5: Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin (Chinese Taipei) (PokerStars Player) - 614,000
Seat 6: Charles Lam (Hong Kong) - 360,000
Seat 7: Raiden Kan (Malaysia) (PokerStars Player) - 1,237,000
Seat 8: "Sunny" Hyungsun Jung (Korea) - 669,000
Seat 9: Victor Chong (Malaysia) (PokerStars Player) - 981,000
6:20pm: Simultaneous eliminations to end the day
Once again we've ended the day with a bang as simultaneous eliminations on both tables has seen us reach the final table in a matter of minutes.
First to go was Scot Calcagno. He moved all in preflop with A♦5♣ and was called by Victor Chong and his A♠T♠. The crowd was three deep around the table as we tried to grab a peek of the board and the roar told the story as the flop arrived A♣T♣5♥ giving both players two pair! Calcagno was still left looking for a five but the 7♥ turn and J♥ river left him empty-handed.
The crowd then surged about three metres to the left as Hung-sheng Lin had called the all-in shove from the short-stacked Michael Ye. Lin held A♦3♣ as Ye was on the steal with T♣6♣. The board bricked out 7♠2♠5♦2♣5♣ to eliminate Ye and just like that our final table was set!
Raiden Kan will most likely still be our chip leader, but we'll have the official chip counts of the final nine and a wrap of today's action for you shortly.
6:10pm: Chan chopped
Ping San Chan is next to head to the cashier after he tangled with Sunny Jung preflop. Chan was all the button and moved all in with A♣T♥ as Jung made the call in the small blind with A♥Q♣.
The flop landed 2♦3♥Q♦ and Chan extended a hand to shake in resignation but the hand was far from over. The turn was the J♣ and Chan picked up outs to a straight. However it wasn't to be as the 9♦ completed the board on the river.
Chan is out as Jung moves up to 660,000 chips.
6:00pm: Shaq on the attack
Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin has just roared back into contention with a big double up through Charles Lam. Shaq had been waiting patiently for his moment to strike and it came with all the chips in on a board of 3♥T♥J♦6♦.
Lam held 6♠3♠ for two pair but Shaq had a better two pair with J♣T♦.
The river landed the Q♠ and Shaq doubles to 500,000 with Lam back down to 340,000.
5:50pm: Kan flushes Lee's rockets
Jung Chou Lee let himself get blinded down to his last 15,000 in chips before he stuck them into the middle. Charles Lam was the preflop aggressor, raising to 27,000 as Chester Lee and Raiden Kan both came along.
Lee stood from his chair and couldn't watch as the crowd circled in to watch the action unfold in the side pot.
The flop was 4♣T♦3♣ and action checked to Lam who bet 40,000. Both Lee and Kan made the call as the 6♣ hit the turn. Lee looked for helped from his rail before checking to Kan who exchanged some inaudible words with Lam before betting 80,000. Both Lam and Lee folded as Kan won the side pot.
Kan showed K♣T♣ for the flush as Jung Chou Lee shook his head in resignation before opening A♠A♥. Sometimes waiting until your last one big blind and getting pocket aces is just not enough, as the river bricked the 9♣ to send Lee to the rail. Kan is now up to a commanding 1.4 million chips.
5:45pm: Lee slows the pace
The pace of play has slowed down considerably recently, mostly thanks to the lovably annoying Jung Chou Lee who is taking forever to act on every decision. Lee has blinded himself down to just a few big blinds, and despite entertaining the crowd with his antics, Danny McDonagh has stepped in to give Lee just one minute to act on every decision.
5:30pm: Level up, blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000
5:20pm: Sunny wheels in a double
Sunny Jung is back up to 500,000 chips after a big double up through Ping San Chan.
We caught the action on a flop of 3♣T♦5♥. Richard Hu checked to Chan who bet 45,000. Jung called as Hu got out of the way before the 9♠ hit the turn. Both players checked and the river brought the 2♦.
Chan led out for 75,000 but Jung declared himself all in for around 150,000 more. Chan made the call and showed A♣4♣ for the rivered straight as Chan flashed pocket aces and mucked.
Jung is now up to 500,000. Chan was down to 42,000 but managed to double up with his J♠6♠ flopping a pair against Scot Calcagno's A♥7♣ to double up to 90,000.
5:00pm: Farrington falls
After doubling up his short stack twice to get to 90,000, Jung Chou Lee tanked for ages from under the gun and the clock was even called before he decided his best play was to limp in for 10,000. It turned out to be a genius play, as Fred Farrington and Chester Lee both went all in behind him. Play folded back to Jung Chou who folded 8♠8♦ face up as Farrington found his A♠K♦ racing with Chester's Q♦Q♥.
The board ran out 3♥Q♠6♦6♥7♥ to give "Nemo" even more chips as he's now up to 900,000 as Farrington heads to the cashier in 15th place.
4:45pm: Finding Nemo
Chester Lee opened with a raise to 25,000 from late position before Masato Shimizu moved all in for around 35,000 more from the blinds. Lee was priced in to call with A♣6♣ but he'd need some help against the A♠T♥ of Shimizu.
The flop was a dry 5♦J♥3♣ but Lee caught good on the 6♦ turn. The river landed the 9♥ to send Shimizu to the rail as Lee, or "Nemo" as he likes to be called according to his friends, climbs to a healthy 700,000 chips.
4:30pm: Play resumes
The final 18 players are back in their seats as we work our way towards the MPCC Main Event final table. Raiden Kan is still well out in front with over 900,000 chips but his lead has narrowed a little with the rise of Richard Hu, Victor Chong and Charles Lam.
While the Main Event continues the PokerStars Macau Poker Room is pumping right now with the HK$6,000 Event kicking off and the HK$10,000 Six-Handed Event recently reaching the final table. Also tonight is the HK$1,000 Ladies Event and the HK$50,000 High Rollers Event to keep both staff and players very busy!