2012 MPCC Day 1b: Level 1-2 (blinds 100-200)
5.15pm: Time for the First Break
The players have been sent on their first 10-minute break of the day. At the end of this break, registration will be closed and shortly thereafter, the prize pool will be announced.
5.00pm: The Original Champ is Here
Back in 20009, 158 players partook in the inaugural Macau Poker Cup Championship, create a prize pool of HK$2,970,400 - around half of what is expected for this year's event. The first-ever champion ended up being Devan Tang and he took home HK$727,600. With just 15 minutes left before registration is closed, Tang has just taken his seat. Tang, who has been seen all around the Macau poker circuit since his victory, will be looking to become the first MPCC repeat champion!
4.40pm: Team PokerStars Update
With four Team PokerStars Pros in the field today, we thought we would take a look at how they are doing during the early stages of Day 1b here at the 2012 MPCC Main Event. Just to give you a feel for where they are sitting, we can tell you that Raymond Wu, Vivian Im and Celina Lin are all seated within a table of each other. Bryan Huang on the other hand, is far away and all on his lonesome. However, he seems to be making his own fun, currently watching what looks like a documentary on his iPhone. Of the Team PokerStars Pros, Im has got off to the best start, currently sitting behind a stack of around 25,000. Wu has also managed to see his stack sit with more than the start of the day, while Huang is just under that amount. It is Lin who has struggled, currently sitting with around 14,500 in chips. No pressure though, the afternoon is still young!
4:25pm: When the Running is Good, Get Running
Sometimes when you run good, you simply run good. That's how today has started off for Hirotoshi Nakabo. We recently wandered past Nakabo's table and noticed that he was already sitting behind a stack of over 60,000. That's three times what he started the day with and more than double that of his nearest competitor. We decided to hunt down some information and found out that Nakabo was lucky enough to again find a set, this time holding pocket tens. Even better? Nakabo was up against two opponents, one with two-pair and one who hit a set holding pocket nines. Nakabo didn't eliminate either of these players, but did pick up a huge amount of chips to see himself sitting behind the monster stack that he now has.
4.15pm: Level Up, Blinds 100-200
4.10pm: Was There Ever Any Doubt?
It is very rare for a PokerStars event to not simply smash a guarantee and that is what has happened today. With just 89 players partaking in yesterday's Day 1a, there did seem to be a sweat as to whether or not we would make the guarantee. However, that sweat has been soaked up by the approximately 170 players who have already taken their seats today. That brings the total number of entrants to around 260 and the prize pool to somewhere in the region of HK$5,000,000 - far more than the HK$4,500,000 guarantee.
4.00pm: Nakabo the Hero
Of all players on the Macau poker circuit perhaps the most noticeable is Japan's Hirotoshi Nakabo. Just to quickly explain what we mean, the media desk for us humble bloggers is at least 50 meters away from the nearest poker table. Nakabo is even further away than that, having his table on the furthest side of the PokerStars Macau poker room. Let us tell you, we just heard Nakabo shouting in joy as if he was sitting directly next to us.
We decided to find out what all the fuss was about and apparently Nakabo got all his chips in holding 9♥9♦ against an opponent's K♣K♦. Even better, Nakabo got all those chips in on a flop showing 9♣3♠5♣ and with no king on the turn or river, it was a huge double up for the jovial player from Japan.
3.45pm: Early One for the Reigning Champ
Raiden Kan knows what it takes to win an MPCC Main Event. He did exactly that around 12 months ago. Kan is in today's field and is already flexing his muscles and showing his table what it takes to be a champ. We recently watched Kan open up the pot to 300 from middle position. Only the player in the big blind would call and the dealer would flip over a J♣9♥4♠ flop. The player in the big blind checked here and so too did Kan, ushering in a 2♦ on the turn. This time Kan's opponent would led for 450 and without hesitation, the champ would raise it up to 1,550. That bet was too strong and with that, Kan raked in the nice little pot early here on Day 1b.
3.30pm: Who's In the House
It's not hard to spot plenty of familiar faces today, with a who's who of poker in Macau taking their seats in Day 1b of the MPCC Main Event. Some of the players at the felt include two former MPCC champs in the 2010 victor Julian Hasse and the reigning champ Raiden Kan. Also at the tables are the likes of Michael Mariakis, Darren Judges, High-Stakes specialist Nick Wong, Charles Chua, Kenny Shih, 2012 Aussie Millions runner-up Kenny Wong, the ever-affable Hirotoshi Nakabo and the current leader of the Asia Player of the Year race, Nicky Tao Jin.
Also in attendance just as expected are the four members of Team PokerStars Asia in Bryan Huang, Raymond Wu, Vivian Im and Celina Lin. Huang has made a MPCC Main Event final table in the past and Lin has taken down two MPCC: Red Dragon titles. All four of these players are going to be a force to be reckoned with today and we will be sure to keep a close eye on them.
3.15pm: The Plan of the Day
Just as was the case yesterday, Day 1b will play out seven 60-minute levels before the surviving players bag up their chips for the night. Let's make the trek across the PokerStars Macau poker room and see who is in the field. We've already spotted the majority of Team PokerStars Asia and plenty of other familiar faces!
3.10pm: Let the Cards Fly
Another pleasing introduction from PokerStars Macau Country Manager Fred Leung and the dealers have been given the call to "Shuffle up and Deal!"
At this point, there are currently well over 100 players scrambling into their seats and late registration is open for the first two hours of play. With a HK$4,500,000 guaranteed prize pool in place, we will be sure to keep you updated on the numbers as the day progresses.
Here Comes Day 1b of the MPCC Main Event
Welcome back to the PokerStars Macau poker room at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. We are just a short while away from commencing Day 1b action of the 2012 Macau Poker Cup Championship (MPCC) Main Event. Last night saw 89 hopefuls pile onto the tables of this gigantic poker room and by the end of the night, just 40 had survived. By all accounts, today's action is going to blow last night's out of the water, with more than 150 players expected to take to the felt. Only time will tell just how many players partake in some poker fun today, but what we do know is that they will all be looking to make it through the night and perhaps with as many chips as the Day 1a chip leader, Hoi-Ting "Edmund" Lee. After a big day yesterday, Lee bagged up a huge 119,125-chip stack and will be the one to catch here on Day 1b. Some of the players who are expected to be in the mix include Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Raymond Wu and Celina Lin, along with recent APPT Melbourne champion Sam Razavi. It all begins at 3:10pm local time, so don't miss it!