MPCC Final Table: Levels 20-21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)
3:40pm: Ten-minute break
3:35pm: Seijiro Machi eliminated in 9th place
After going for almost two hours, with very few big hands to report, we've just witnessed an absolute corker as Seijiro Machi's aggression has come back to bite him.
The hand started with Raiden Kan opening to 35,000 from early position. Machi called in the hijack before Hau Huang Chang pushed his short stack all in from the button. It was a total of 143,000 and action folded back to Kan. He wasn't content to just call as he raised again and added another 112,000 to the bet. That's when all hell broke loose. Machi decided to move all in for around one million in chips to attempt to isolate the short stack, but it backfired when Kan made a quick call!
With almost 2.5 million chips in the middle preflop, Kan was standing with his hands clenched tightly together, praying to the poker Gods for his hand to hold. The 4♠9♠Q♣ flop was safe enough but the A♥ hit the turn to give Chang the lead. Kan nodded his head as the side pot was worth so much more. The river fell the 5♣ as Chang tripled up to 480,000, Kan won the side pot to side with around two million, as Machi self destructs and becomes our first elimination of the day. He'll be disappointed with his 9th place finish for HK$125,056 in prize money.
3:20pm: Jung and Kan chop
The biggest pot of this final table has ended in rather anti-climactic fashion with a chopped pot between Raiden Kan and Sunny Jung.
Kan opened with a raise to 35,000 with Jung calling in position and Chester Lee coming along from the big blind. The flop landed Q♥K♦8♣ and action checked to Kan who bet 70,000. Jung made a quick call as Lee got out of the way.
The turn brought the 3♠ and Kan checked it to Jung who bet 104,000. Kan deliberated before matching the bet as the 2♦ bricked the river. Kan checked and Jung thought about betting but ended up checking behind.
Kan tabled J♠T♠ for a busted straight draw as Jung shook his head as he tabled the same hand - J♦T♥. Chop it up!
3:00: Seijiro looking strong
Japan's Seijiro Machi is cutting an impressive figure on this final table. He's brought his A-game that's for sure, and combined with a mysterious image underneath sunglasses and hoodie, he's got the other players jumping.
Machi just collected a recent pot to move up towards our chip leaders. Sunny Jung opened to 40,000 and Machi called from the small blind before Chester Lee three-bet to 90,000 from the big blind. The price was right for both Jung and Machi to come along to see a 5♥5♦3♣ flop.
Machi and Lee both tapped the table as Jung bet out 85,000. Machi then grabbed a double handful of yellow T5,000 chips and slid 220,000 into the middle. Lee escaped as Jung deliberated for some time before also conceding the hand. Machi is now up to 1.1 million and looking very strong.
2:45pm: Small ball
It's been slow going so far on this final table, with Raiden Kan and Victor Chong the loosest players at the table, while Seijiro Machi seems to be picking his spots after he recently put in a nice squeeze re-raise to take down a pot preflop without contest.
Victor Chong did win a small pot recently from Raiden Kan after raising preflop to 35,000 and Kan defended his big blind.
The flop was Q♣2♦A♠ and Kan check-called for 30,000, before both players checked the 8♣ turn. On the 3♦ river, Kan again checked and Chong quickly checked behind. Kan showed Q♠9♠ for second pair but he was outkicked by Chong's Q♥J♥.
2:40pm: Level up, blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000
2:20pm: First blood to Kan
Richard Hu opened with a raise to 25,000 from the cutoff and Raiden Kan defended his big blind to see a flop of A♦9♠A♠. Kan check-called for 35,000 before both players checked the 2♣ turn. On the 9♣ river, Kan led out for 60,000 and Hu thought for a moment before making the call.
Kan tabled 9♦6♦ for a rivered full house to take it down. Kan extends his lead to 1.4 million with Hu slipping to 450,000.
2:10pm: The final frontier!
Welcome back to the PokerStars Macau Poker Room for the conclusion of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event. Our field of 308 has been whittled down to just nine, but only one can be crowned champion and take home the HK$1.25 million first place prize.
Raiden Kan leads the way but there's some dangerous opposition lurking in the wings with the experienced Richard Hu and Sunny Jun, and the number one ranked player in the Asia Player of the Year, Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin.
Can "Shaq" confirm his place as one of Asia'a brightest poker stars or will a new face take home the title? It will all unfold before us as the MPCC Main Event final table is now underway!
We'll be playing another 30 minutes of Level 20 with the blinds at 6,000-12,000 with a 1,000 ante.