2012 MPCC Day 1b: Level 5-6 (blinds 250-500, ante 50)

MacauPokerCup_thn_promo.jpg9.35pm: Final Break of the Night

Approximately 100 players have been sent on their final 10-minute break of the night.

9.25pm: A Few of the Stacks

It's coming to that time of the night when some chip leaders are moving away from the pack. Right now there are two players who have six-figure stacks, with Yanqin Huang having around 110,000 in chips and Sunny Jung having a stack of around 105,000. There are plenty of players with stacks of around 70,000 and they will all be looking to catch Huang and Jung during the upcoming last level of the night. A few of the players who are currently healthy include Kenny Wong (80,000), Raymond Wu (70,000), Bjorn Li (60,000) and Bryan Huang (55,000).

9.10pm: APPT Melbourne Champion Gone

Sam Razavi recently had almost 330,000 reasons to be happy about poker after taking down the massive $3326,125 first-place prize at the 2012 PokerStars.net APPT Melbourne Main Event. However, he has very little reason to be happy here in the MPCC Main Event, with his tournament life recently coming to an end.

It took two hands to eliminate Razavi, with the first one seeing him holding pocket jacks and getting all the chips in against an at-risk opponent who held A♠K♠. The 4♠5♠Q♠ flop of the hand in question wasn't good for Razavi and while a spade wouldn't hit on the turn or river, a K♦ on the river would send the pot away from Razavi. After that hand, Razavi had just a small amount of chips and wasn't able to recover. Razavi's eventual last hand saw him all in preflop holding A♥7♠ against an opponent's J♥8♥. When the board ran out Q♠J♣7♣8♠4♦, it was home time for the Brit.

9.00pm: What Nations Are Represented

You might be interested to know that a huge 30 countries are being represented in the 2012 Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event. The country with the most entrants was China with 50, while Hong Kong, Japan and Chinese Taipei are close behind.

8.50: Two Down at Once; Reigning Champ Gone

Rui Bao has just dealt a huge double knock out to see both Michael Mariakis and the reigning champ Raiden Kan sent to the rail. The hand in question began with Bao opening the pot to 1,025 from the hi-jack seat. Kan was in the cutoff and decided to three-bet to 3,100. Mariakis was on the button and went with a four-bet, to 6,000. Back on Bao and he casually five-bet shoved for 27,000 - which was more than both his opponents had remaining. Kan called his short stack off and so too did Mariakis.

Bao was in great shape to pick up a huge pot, with his Q♠Q♣ going up against Mariakis' A♦Q♦ and Kan's A♥3♥. When the 3♣8♦2♥J♠7♣ board ran out, Mariakis and Kan were sent packing, while Bao raked in a massive amount of chips. With that, Bao is one of the chip leaders and the 2011 MPCC Main Event champ has been eliminated!

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Raiden Kan will not be winning back-to-back MPCC titles

8.35pm: Level Up, Blinds 250-500 (Ante 50)

8.30pm: Ducks Good For Li

Hong Kong's Bjorn Li is no stranger to poker tournaments, having just shy of US$500,000 in tournament winnings on his poker resume. Some of those results come from all around the world, but plenty were found right here in Macau. Li even took down a HK$30,000 high rollers tournament at the 2011 Macau Poker Cup August Special. Li is in today's field and we have just witnessed him double up. By the time we arrived at the table, Li was saying, "I'm gonna need some help," as he had the majority of his chips in preflop, rolling over 2♣2♥. His opponent, who had slightly less chips than Li, tabled A♥Q♥ and would be looking for a helpful board to survive. The dealer spread out a 7♥2♠J♦Q♠6♣ board, with the set of two on the flop good enough for Li to just about double up.


8.15pm: A Sense of Déjà vu

When we wandered past Table 10 we noticed that a familiar face was sitting behind a huge stack of around 90,000 in chips. The player in question was Sunny Jung and he was familiar to us because on Day 1a of this event last year, Jung finished up with a monstrous stack of 159,125 - good enough for the Day 1a chip lead. Could Jung end up finishing as the chip leader on Day 1b in the 2012 MPCC Main Event? Only time will tell, but with the amount of chips he currently has, he's certainly in with a good chance.

8.05pm: Wu and Huang Both Crushing

Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang and Raymond Wu are both sitting behind a couple of the larger stacks in the room. We recently watched Wu take part in a hand against one of the few ladies in the tournament, Australia's Jill Maley. We arrived at the action with a J♦Q♦8♥ flop out on the felt and with Maley check-jamming after Wu bet 2,050. Wu opted to let go of his hand and despite sending some chips away from his stack, he still sits behind around 60,000. We asked Huang how he managed to also have a stack of around 60,000 and he said he has barely had a showdown. Not bad at all.

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Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu (left) is on cruise control

7.50pm: Asia Player of the Year Blown Wide Open

Nicky Tao Jin has been spotted on the rail, meaning the Asia Player of the Year race has been blown wide open. It is now perhaps Jay Tan who has the best chance of overtaking Jin, with Tan currently sitting in fifth place on the leader board, while also having a very large chip stack here in the MPCC Main Event.

7.45pm: The Numbers Are In

The official numbers and prize pool is now in. With 89 players on Day 1a and 181 players partaking in today's action, a 270 player field has created a HK$4,818,960 prize pool. All the players are fighting it out for a HK$1,108,500 first-place prize, while it is the top 31 players who are guaranteed a HK$36,100 min-cash. The final table payouts can be seen below.

2010 MPCC Main Event Final Table Payouts
1st - HK$1,108,500
2nd - HK$759,000
3rd - HK$458,000
4th - HK$361,500
5th - HK$289,160
6th - HK$241,000
7th - HK$193,000
8th - HK$144,500
9th - HK$120,500

7.35pm: Back to action

Following a 10-minute break, the players are back in their seats and ready to keep playing here at the 2012 MPCC Main Event. It is still Yanqin Huang who holds a dominating chip lead.

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The PokerStars Macau Poker Room

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau