2012 MPCC Day 1a: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)
10.50pm: Bagged and Tagged
The approximately 40 surviving players have bagged and tagged their chips and are making their way out of the PokerStars Macau poker room here at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. Just as we expected, it was Hoi-Ting "Edmund" Lee who finished up as the chip leader with a stack of 119,175. Some of the other big stacks in the field were Aimin Zhang with 101,500, Lei Zhang with 76,350 and Sparrow Cheung with 73,925. The likes of Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin, Vincent Rubianes, Minh Nguyen, Ryan Hong and Justin Chan also survived the night.
Stay tuned for a full list of end-of-day survivors and their chip counts, along with a full wrap of Day 1a here at the 2012 MPCC Main Event.
10.40pm: Just Three More
The tournament clock has been paused and the call for just three more hands has been made. Within a few minutes, the surviving players will be bagging up their chips. At this point it is looking very likely that Hoi-Ting "Edmund" Lee will be the end-of-day chip leader.
10.20pm: Zhang Rising Up the Counts
Aimin Zhang is the latest player to move his stack over 100,000 in chips, courtesy of a recent hand that he played against Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin and one other player. The hand began with Zhang limping in from middle position, at which point a player in the hi-jack seat three-bet to 1,600. Folded around to Lin in the small blind, he would cold four-bet to 4,700. Both of Lin's opponent's called and the dealer flipped over a 4♣5♠Q♠ flop. All three players opted to check here and the dealer turned over a 3♣ turn. This time when Lin checked, Zhang would bet 15,000 and the player on his left would call. Lin decided to get out of the way here and a 6♣ would complete the board.
On the river, Zhang and his opponent checked, prompting Zhang to table his 9♣9♥. Zhang's opponent gave a slight nod and mucked his hand. At this point, Lin let out a sigh, leaned back in his chair and shouted, "Ah!". With that, Zhang now has a stack of around 105,000.
10.05pm: Hoi Leads the Way
Hoi-Ting "Edmund" Lee is the first player to crack a stack of over 100,000 in chips. Lee, who is currently sitting directly on the right of fellow big-stack Sparrow Cheung, has plenty of tournament results all throughout Asia and was recently seen taking down a side event at the 2012 PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne. Let's see if Lee can hold onto the lead for another half an hour.
9.55pm: Wang Left For Dead; Then Doubles; Then Eliminated
Jacky Wang has had a roller coaster last level, first seeing himself left with just a couple of big blinds, then doubling, before being sent to the rail. We arrived at Wang's table with him all in against two players. Wang was all in preflop and watched on as his two opponents checked down a J♣J♠3♥2♥Q♦ board. Wang held Q♥5♥ and shouted, "Ship it!" as his opponent's cards went into the muck.
The very next hand saw Wang all in holding 9♣6♥ and he had to come up against Michael Marvenek's K♦K♣. The K♦A♦2♣T♣4♥ board brought no help for Wang, with the king on the flop the nail in the young Singaporean's tournament life.
9.45pm: Last Level Begins
The final 60-minute level of the night has just begun. The blinds are at 300-600 with a 50-chip ante. Currently it is looking like Sparrow Cheung is the chip leader, and it is sure to be interesting to see if he can hang on to the lead!