MPCC Final Table: Levels 22-23 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)
5:55pm: Ten-minute break
5:45pm: Charles Lam eliminated in 5th place
Charles Lam was down to his last 400,000 chips which he moved all in preflop with Q♠J♦ following an open from Victor Chong. Only problem for Lam was that Chong made the call with a dominant K♦Q♥.
The Lam picked up straight outs on the 9♥8♠5♣ flop, but the 7♥ turn and 9♦ river completed the board. Lam collects HK$319,300 for a fine tournament.
5:35pm: Lee mixes it up
Chester Lee raised the small blind to 55,000 and Robert Chang defended his big blind with a call to see a flop of 2♦7♥3♠. Lee checked to Chang who bet 77,000. Lee made the call before deciding to lead out for 85,000 on the T♦ turn.
It was an interesting line and it was enough to confused Chang who folded as Lee flashed the 7♣. Lee again collects a handy pot to move up to 1.1 million. Chang is at about 420,000.
5:25pm: Chips for Chester
Charles Lam opened with a raise to 60,000 before Victor Chong three-bet to 160,000 from the small blind. Action was then with Chester Lee in the big blind, who had been relatively quiet on this final table, but he found voice with a cold four-bet to 374,000.
Lam folded and Chong thought for a few moments before also making a reluctant fold.
A nice preflop pot for Lee without contest as he chips up to 980,000.
5:15pm: Hung-sheng Lin eliminated in 6th place
Asia POTY leader Hung-sheng Lin couldn't really get anything going this afternoon as he was disadvantaged by his table position with the aggressive Raiden Kan and Sunny Jung seated behind him. With play getting short-handed Lin opened up on a couple of occasions to steal the blinds and antes, so when he looked down at A♥K♣ on the button it seemed like a good opportunity to move all in once again. Charles Lam folded his big blind but Raiden Kan woke up with a big pair once again as he made the call with Q♠Q♦.
The flop landed T♥K♠Q♣ to give Kan another set but Lin had outs to a straight. The turn bricked the 8♥ and Shaq was left screaming for a jack to stay alive. It didn't arrive as the 8♣ landed on the river to leave Lin to head to the cashier to collect HK$263,800 for his 6th place finish. Meanwhile Kan is now up to 3.2 million and almost half the chips in play!
5:05pm: Richard Hu eliminated in 7th place
Action folded around to Robert Chang who moved all in for around 240,000 from the button. Richard Hu decided to stick in his last 200,000 from the small blind as Hung-sheng Lin folded his big.
The danger of calling big bets with small pairs was realised as Hu was left needing to spike a three to stay alive. It wasn't to be as the Q♥7♦9♦9♥J♦ board left Chang's bigger pair to take the pot and eliminate Hu in 7th place for HK$208,300 in prize money.
4:55pm: Level up, blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000
4:50pm: Sunny Jung eliminated in 8th place
The ride is over for Sunny Jung as his nemesis was once again Raiden Kan.
The action folded to Kan in the small blind who announced himself all in. Jung looked down at 2♣2♠ and couldn't resist taking the gamble as he made the call for around 500,000. Kan tabled K♥7♠.
The flop was Q♠Q♠J♣ which was good for Kan as he picked up counterfeit outs. The turn was the 3♠ and now Jung had to fade a king, jack, seven or three to stay alive. It wasn't to be as the 3♣ fell on the river to land Kan another knockout blow. Jung collects HK$152,700 for his efforts.
4:45pm: Easy come, easy go
Sunny Jung might need to have his heart tested after the palpitations he suffers during a poker tournament. After doubling up in dramatic fashion moments earlier, Jung has given back most of those chips to Raiden Kan.
We picked up the action with three players at the turn on a Q♥9♦J♣3♠ board. Richard Hu checked to Kan who bet 95,000. Jung called as Hu got out of the way as the 7♥ appeared on the river. Kan fired another 200,000 and this time Jung made a pretty quick call, but he didn't like what he saw. Kan opened 7♠7♦ for a rivered set to take it down.
Kan is back up to 2.2 million with Jung sitting at 530,000.
4:35pm: Sunny flops quads to stay alive!
Raiden Kan opened with a raise to 55,000 from the button before Sunny Jung raised to 190,000 from the small blind. Kan moved all in and Jung made the call.
Kan showed K♥K♣ as Jung threw his head back as he opened Q♦Q♥. The Sunny rail were chanting for a queen and their request was answered as a huge roar went up in the PokerStars Macau Poker Room as the flop landed Q♠A♦Q♣ to give Jung quads! Kan was left needing perfect-perfect but it wasn't to be as the 8♦ turn and J♥ river completed the board.
The Jung juggernaut continues as he doubles to 850,000 with Kan back down to 1.8 million.
4:20pm: Kan fires three barrels
We've had some slow hands with players taking a long time to act over their decisions. Granted, it was a big pot that saw Sunny Jung take his time before laying down a big hand against the irresistible force of Raiden Kan.
Preflop, Kan opened for 50,000 with Jung calling once again in position to see a A♦4♥T♥ flop. Kan bet out 90,000 and Jung called before the 8♦ hit the turn.
Kan fired again for 150,000 and once again Jung made the call. When the river fell the 2♠ Kan glanced at Jung's last 430,000 chips before betting 300,000. Jung took a long time before reluctantly folding. Kan is now up to 2.2 million.
4:05pm: Double for Lam
Charles Lam has found a much-needed double up to get himself back into contention. Lam open-shoved for 314,000 from the cutoff with A♠8♦ and Sunny Jung made a gambling call in the small blind with 3♠3♦.
The rail were calling for a three but the 6♠A♣K♥K♦5♠ board paired up Lam for the double up. He's up to 650,000 with Jung back down to 600,000.
3:55pm: Play resumes
Oh boy did everyone need a break after that last hand! Raiden Kan now has a massive chip lead over the field with close to two million chips. Victor Chong is next best with around 1.2 million with Sunny Jung at 900,000. The others will be looking for a double up pretty soon!
The players are back with the blinds up to 10,000-20,000 with a 2,000 ante.