2012 MPCC Day 2: Level 12-13 (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300)
9.35pm: Final Break of the Night
Approximately 49 players have been sent on their final 10-minute break of the night. At this point it is looking very unlikely that we will burst the money bubble this evening, but anything could happen! Join us soon for the final level of the night.
9.25pm: One Year in the Past
Glancing around the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex and there is a huge range of players from all around the Asian region and the world. Players have certainly embraced Macau has a hotspot for tournament poker and that owes many thanks to PokerStars Macau. In 2011, PokerStars Macau hosted the largest MPCC Main Event in history, with 308 players creating a prize pool of HK$5,553,865. The reigning champion and a player who has already busted from this year's event is Raiden Kan. A big win for Kan sent him home with HK$1,250,000 as he defeated a talented final table that included appearances from Victor Chong, Charles Lam, Shaq Lin and Richard Hu.
Of the 2011 MPCC Main Event final table finished, Lin is still among the remaining 50 players in this year's event and has a healthy stack of around 170,000 in chips. Let's see who will become the next MPCC Main Event champion!
9.05pm: Wilson Walks On Home
Sean Wilson was one of the early chip leaders here on Day 2 of the 2012 MPCC Main Event, but has now found the rail just a couple of tables short of the money bubble. Wilson's final hand saw him all in preflop holding K♣7♦ and having to come up against A♥J♦. A hurtful T♣6♠A♦2♠Q♠ board meant that Wilson had no hope of survival and with that was heading to the rail.
8.50pm: No More Team Pros
Raymond Wu was the last Team PokerStars Pro remaining in the field, but unfortunately has now been eliminated late into Day 2 of the 2012 MPCC Main Event.
Wu was down to his last 7,400 when the action folded around to him on the button. Wu shoved holding J♠2♦ and received a call from Jessica Ngu in the big blind, who held K♠9♥. The 3♥2♣K♣7♣5♠ board wasn't friendly for Wu and it was all over.
8.35pm: Level Up, Blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300
8.30pm: Double for Sparrow
We are told that Sparrow Cheung once led the Asian Player of the Year (APOY) for a short period in 2011 when he won the first event on the whole calendar. While winning the 2012 MPCC Main Event wouldn't see him have enough points to lead the APOY this year, it would certainly give him a chance to make a run at the title in the upcoming Asia Championship of Poker in November. We recently watched Cheung double up holding 9♣9♦ against an opponent's A♥T♥. The Q♣7♦2♦7♥5♣ board was safe for Cheung and he took the double to sit with around an average stack.
8.20pm: Yea Struggling
Steve Yea was having a great day just a short while, but now his day is becoming just short of a disaster. We recently wandered past Yea's table and noticed he was now sitting behind a stack of just around 10,000. That was a pittance compared to the almost 100,000 he once had and so we found out what happened. Apparently Yea got an opponent to commit all his chips holding A♥J♥ on an eight-nine-jack flop. Yea held pocket queens and was looking good to add a huge amount of chips to his stack, but when an ace landed on the river, Yea was left crippled.
8.10pm: Marvenek No More
The end of Michael Marvenek's tournament began when a player from under the gun opened it up to 4,000. Yifan Zheng was directly on this player's left and flicked out a call. Marvenek opted to come along for the ride out of the small blind and so too did the player in the big blind.
When the dealer flipped over a 5♠4♦K♦ flop, Marvenek bet 11,000 - which was around half his stack. With the rest of the table out of the way, Zheng shipped his stack in and Marvenek snapped off the remainder of his chips.
Marvenek was in need of some help holding 7♣6♣ against Q♥K♠ and it was help that would never come as a 4♣ on the turn and the Q♦ on the river were the last two cards Marvenek would see in the 2012 MPCC Main Event.
7.50pm: One With the Leaders
It may not be surprising to know that Sunny Jung and Edmund Lee are two of the most active players in the tournament right now. That may simply be because they have so many chips to play with. Jung and Lee are on different tables, but we recently managed to catch some action from both of these players.
First we caught Jung check-calling a bet of 4,000 on the turn of a A♦T♥J♣5♣ board. There was around 10,000 already in the pot on the turn and on the 6♦ river, Jung opted to again check. This time Jung's opponent bet 6,500 and Jung decided to fold. Despite losing that hand, Jung still has around 220,000 in chips.
Over on Lee's table, the dealer was busy flipping over a 2♦4♥7♦ flop after Lee and one opponent made it three bets to go preflop. On the flop, Lee simply shoved out a bet big enough to put his opponent all in. The player tanked before deciding to let Lee take down that pot. With that, Lee has around 190,000 in chips - easily the second largest stack in the room.
7.35pm: Back For Two
The players are back from their break and ready to keep playing poker in the 2012 MPCC Main Event. For your information, we still need to lose around half of the field to make it the money! At this point it is Sunny Jung who holds a dominating chip lead.