Patrick Kar Keng Lee crowned Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event Champion!
The final day of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event saw twenty-six players return to the PokerStars Macau Room inside the Grand Lisboa to battle it out until one just remained. Not only would this player be Asia's newest poker champion, but a deserving one after navigating their way to one of the toughest fields ever assembled in Macau.
With Japan (92 players), Hong Kong (81), Chinese Taipei (44) and China (42) supplying the greatest number of players to this event, it was no surprise to see them dominating play over the past three days. However with players from Poland, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Denmark, Iran and the United States all still alive on this final day, any country could be going home with the spectacular Red Dragon trophy.
For the poker purist out there that wants to see this game develop, Macau has been a leader in growing and the increasing the popularity of the beautiful game in the Asia-Pacific region. Hong Kong, China, Chinese Taipei and Japan had all tasted Macau Poker Cup glory, but today Patrick Kar Keng Lee would lead Singapore into the winner's circle when he claimed victory just a few short hours ago.
This tournament had progressed at an extremely fast pace over the previous few days, and the players had no obligations in continuing this speed as nine players were sent crashing to the rail in the first level as overnight chip leader Xiaobo Zhou furthered his lead into the seven-figure club before fellow China-native Jun Chen joined him.
Two-and-a-bit levels would follow before the final table of nine was formed with Zhao continuing his domination to hold the lead over a table that consisted of four Chinese and a player from Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore and the United States.
Zhou pushed his lead before China would take the first hit with Wenlong Jin unable to hold onto his big stack as Polish player Pawel Chmiel pushed one-time too many to fall in eighth. With Chen doubling up players on several occasions, his run would end next as Daniel Tarnopol was unable to gather any momentum after being crippled to just several big blinds. China would take another blow with Chen Lu feeling the wrath of Zhou when he spiked a Broadway straight on the river to head to dinner break four-handed.
From the railbirds watching on, to the poker media in attendance, everybody knew that it would be only Zhou's tournament to lose as he possessed over half the chips in play combined with the courage, confidence and aggression needing to close out the tournament.
The highly aggressive Jun Wah Yap was bounced out in fourth in a hand that raised some eyebrows due to the play of Zhou who called the four-bet shove with A♥2♠ to crack Yap's A♦Q♣ to hold all but thirty-percent of the chips on the table.
Singaporeans tend to be a quiet folk, and not only was Lee select with words, he was also selective with the hands he was playing as he had seen his stack slide down to just under 8-big blinds. But he was done with playing the waiting game. Lee doubled, then doubled again, then accumulated some more all while long-time chip leader slowly leaked chips before gifting Lee the chip lead when he check-shoved the turn with a gutshot straight draw and Lee made the call holding top two-pair. Zhou would last too much longer as he was flushed out by Japanese player Tetsuya Tsuchikawa to leave Singapore and Japan heads-up for the title.
Holding a two-to-one advantage, Lee took down pot-after-pot to surge his lead forward before a quick break would only delay the carnage of this heads-up battle. As Tsuchikawa tried to play the patient game of waiting for a hand, he and his 9-big blind stack eventually entered the pot in the lead with [10s][10d] to be in a race against Lee's A♠J♣. The A♦Q♠4♠K♠6♥ board would put Tsuchikawa on the rail in second as Singapore had its first Macau Poker Cup Champion!
Patrick Kar Keng Lee was cheered loudly by his Singapore-bias rail as he was awarded the magnificent Red Dragon trophy. With a bankroll boosting HK$1,039,700 in his pocket, skills that consist of patience, aggression and composure, there is no doubt that Lee will be a regular on the Asia-Pacific tour.
Final Table Results
1st -- Patrick Kar Keng Lee (Singapore) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- HK$1,039,700
2nd -- Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- HK$717,000
3rd -- Xiaobo Zhou (China) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- HK$425,400
4th -- Jun Wah Yap (Malaysia) -- HK$329,800
5th -- Chen Lu (China) -- HK$251,000
6th -- Daniel Tarnopol (United States) (PokerStars Qualifier) -- HK$203,200
7th -- Jun Chen (China) -- HK$160,100
8th -- Pawel Chmiel (Poland) -- HK$119,500
9th -- Wenlong Jin (China) -- HK$95,800
Our time here in Macau has come to an end, and as always it has been another fantastic few days. We have witnessed some great action, an impressive array of players and a well-deserving champion. Firmly stamped on the Asia-Pacific poker calendar, it won't be too long now until people from outside of our region stand up and notice that this once little tournament isn't too small anymore!
The PokerStars Blog team would like to thank Danny McDonagh, Fred Leung and all of the PokerStars Macau staff for their wonderful hospitality and assistance throughout the event, and if you have yet to pay a visit to the PokerStars Macau Poker Room at the Grand Lisboa then you are truly missing a world-class experience with exceptional service and management.
For Macau, the Macau Poker Cup Championship from the 7th - 16th of October is the next major series followed by the Asia Pacific Poker Tour from the 17th - 27th of November. However for the broader Asia-Pacific region, then you will only have to wait a week where the APPT will be heading to Queenstown, New Zealand for Snowfest from the 23rd - 28th of August.
Alongside the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event as a marquee event of the championship, the HK$30,000 High Rollers event came to a conclusion tonight just prior to the Main Event.
Fifty-three players began the event last night forming a HK$1,447,572 prizepool as Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Celina Lin and Vivian Im leading the field that consisted of PokerStars Macau regulars Haifeng Xue, Kim Gap Young, Wally Sombrero, Andrew Scott, David Steicke, Neil Arce, Michael Marvanek, David Ewing, Daren Yoon and Daoxing Chen. Twenty countries were represented, but at most seven would be seeing some money pass through immigration as the final results were as follows:
1st -- Bjorn Li (Hong Kong) -- HK$477,872
2nd -- Takuya Suzuki (Japan) -- HK$304,100
3rd -- Haifeng Xue (China) -- HK$202,700
4th -- Alexandre Chieng (China) -- HK$159,300
5th -- Neil Arce (Philippines) -- HK$115,300
6th -- Conrad Coetzer (South Africa) -- HK$101,400
7th -- Charles Chua (Australia) -- HK$86,900