2012 MPCC Day 1a: Level 1-2 (blinds 100-200)

MacauPokerCup_thn_promo.jpg5:15pm: First Break of the Day

The players have been sent on their first 10-minute break of the day. Registration will be closed at the end of this break and the official numbers for Day 1a will be revealed.

5.00pm: Wang On The Move; Player of the Year Looming

Jacky Wang has had a great year of poker in Asia, finishing at the final table of APPT Cebu and currently sitting 16th on the Asia Player of the Year leader board. Wang is also currently tied for the most final tables in the region. A big finish here in the MPCC Main Event would see him sky rocket up the leader board and leave him as a real threat to take out the Asia Player of the Year title.

We recently arrived at Wang's table with a 5♦Q♠8♦ flop out on the felt and with four players involved in the growing pot. The first two players to act, from the blinds, both checked and Wang then led for 1,075. The player directly to Wang's left opted to make the call, while the blinds got out of the way. A 4♣ on the turn would see Wang lead for 2,000 and his opponent tank. Eventually the player would let go of his hand and Wang would rake in the pot.

4.45pm: Steicke the Leader

Hong Kong based Australian David Steicke has already had a great week, managing to take down the HK$8,800 MPCC opening event. Steicke is in the MPCC Main Event field today and has already accumulated the largest stack in the room, sitting behind roughly 45,000 in chips.

We didn't catch all the action, but apparently Steicke recently eliminated a player when he got all the chips in with top-pair on a flop featuring the A♦ and the T♦. Steicke's opponent had a royal flush draw, but couldn't manage to find the right cards and was sent to the rail.

David Steicke in action at the 2012 MPCC Main Event

4.30pm: Toma and Juicy Rumble

There was recently a big all-in battle over on Table 2, with Tsuganari Toma and Juicy Li clashing heads in a huge pot. We arrived at the table on the flop showing 7♦4♣5♣ and with Toma having a bet of 7,000 already out in front of him. Li then shoved all in for 16,025 and Toma made the call.

Toma tabled his 4♥5♥, showing two pair, while Li would turn over her J♣9♣ for a flush draw. The 4♠ on the turn was safe for Toma and so was the 2♦ on the river as Toma took the big double up, leaving Li with a tiny stack of around 2,000 in chips.

4.15pm: Level Up, Blinds 100-200

4.05pm: More in the House, Including Johnny Chan
We have noticed more notable players taking their seats during this level, with none other than 10-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Johnny Chan among those players. Chan, who has just shy of $9 million in tournament winnings on his poker resume, is perhaps considered poker royalty anywhere in the world, but nowhere more so than here in Macau.

Also taking their seats are the likes of Victor Chen, Alvin Cheam, Justin Chan, Jacky Wang, Akira Ohyama and Windfred Yu. Expected in the room, but not quite arrived yet are Ryan Hong, David Zhao and Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu.

3.50pm: How Many Around

With late registration open for the duration of two levels, we can tell you that there are currently 85 players registered here on Day 1a of the MPCC Main Event. There are expected to be plenty of late registrants and we will be sure to let you know any new notable faces who join the tournament.

3.40pm: One Already Home

We have already received word that a player has been eliminated during this first level of the MPCC Main Event. As you can imagine, it was in unfortunate circumstances, with pocket kings running into dreaded pocket aces.

The player's in question were Yifan Zheng and Tony Chang and apparently it was a big preflop raising war that saw both players commit 8,000 in chips before the dealer turned over a 7♣J♠Q♠ flop. Zhang was the lucky player with pocket rockets and shoved up front for 12,000 on the flop. Chang called it off with his cowboys and with a 2♣ on the turn and a 7♥ on the river, it was all over for Chang.

3.25pm: Who's In The House

There are currently 10 tables set up here in the PokerStars Macau poker room in the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. At those tables we have already noticed plenty of recognisable faces from all around the world.

Firstly, we have one player who is very familiar with poker in Macau and that is the 2011 Asia Player of the Year, Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin. Also scattered throughout the room are the likes of Michael Marvenek, Andrew Scott, Sparrow Cheung, Craig Cockburn, 2012 APPT Seoul runner-up Vincent Rubianes, 2012 APPT Cebu 5th-place finisher Amit Varma, Juicy Li, Tsuganari Toma and recent MPCC Event 1: HKD $8,800 NLH winner, David Steicke.

2011 Asia Player of the Year Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin

3.20pm: The Plan of the Day

The players each start with 20,000 in chips and the blinds are commencing at 50-100. The plan is to play seven 60-minute levels, which has the players bagging and tagging at around 11:00pm. Of course, they will have to survive the night first! Let's go see which notable players have made the trek to partake in the 2012 MPCC Main Event.

3.15pm: The Cards Are Flying

The players in the PokerStars Macau poker room here at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex have taken their seats and PokerStars Country Manager Macau Fred Leung has given the call to shuffle up and deal! With that, the cards are in the air at the 2012 MPCC Main Event!

MPCC Main Event Set to Begin!

Poker and Macau; The two words are becoming synonymous with each other, as the recent growth of poker in Macau has seen all the poker world's attention fixed firmly upon the bright lights of this booming land of casinos. There is arguably no better place in the world for poker right now and that can certainly be felt all throughout Macau.

The Macau Poker Cup Championship (MPCC) has certainly played a role in the already rich history of poker in Macau and will continue to do so as the 2012 MPCC Main Event is set to begin in just a short while. The atmosphere is buzzing and the players are itching to get in their seats here at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. It is the first time the MPCC has been held at this venue and all the chatter around the room is that it is a very welcomed setting for the tournament. The cards are set to be in the air at 3:10 PM, with somewhere around 100 players expected to pony up the HK$20,000 entry-fee and begin making their way towards becoming the 2012 MPCC Main Event Champion. Stay tuned!


What all the players will be looking to get their hands on!

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau