2012 MPCC Day 2: Level 8-9 (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)
5.15pm: Break Number One
Approximately 97 players have been sent on their first 10-minute break of the day.
5.10pm: Kenny Wong Might Be Going Back to Hong Kong
It is arguable that Kenny Wong ("From Hong Kong") could be the most aggressive player in the PokerStars Macau poker room right now. He used that aggression to make his way to the runner-up spot in the 2012 Aussie Millions, collecting a huge AUD$1,000,000. However, it is seeming like that aggression is back firing today, with Wong now sitting behind a stack of just around 50,000 in chips. We recently watched Wong four-bet an opponent and then fold to five-bet not once but twice. That sort of play can get quite expensive and here is now, sitting with less than half of what he started the day with. Wong's stack is still healthy, but he will need to do a lot of work to start rebuilding.
4.55pm: No Stopping Edmund
Edmund Lee continues to see his stack sky rocket to dizzying heights, now sitting square on around 140,000 with fellow chip leader Sunny Jung. We recently caught up with Lee partaking in a hand against one opponent. We arrived at the table on the turn of a J♥6♥3♠2♦ board, with Lee check-calling a bet of 3,500 from his one opponent. When the dealer flipped over a 9♣ on the river, Lee would this time lead, firing out a bet of 7,500. Lee's opponent eventually opted to make the call and then mucked a J♠ face up when Lee turned over his 9♠6♠ for two pair on the river.
4.40pm: How Go Those Big Stacks
At the start of the day there were a few players who started the day with the most chips. The player with the chip lead was Edmund Lee and after a good start to the day, Lee has seen his stack increase to around 125,000. However, no player has had a better start to the day than Sunny Jung, who now has a stack of 140,000. Some of the other chip leaders who still have big stacks include Sebastian Benz (100,000) and Kenny Wong (98,000). The Day 1b chip leader, Yanqin Huang hasn't had such a good start to the day, seeing his stack fall to around 75,000.
4.30pm: Huang and Wu Staying Active
The two Team PokerStars Pros in the field are staying active today as we recently caught both of them partaking in a hand over on their respective tables. First it was Wu against two opponents on the turn of a J♣Q♣T♥5♣7♠ board. At this point there was already around 8,000 in the pot and Wu was betting 4,000. The player directly on his left made the call, while the other opponent let his hand slide into the muck. On the river, both players checked and Wu tabled T♠4♦, while his opponent scooped up the pot holding 5♠5♥ for a turned set.
Over on Huang's table, we would again catch the action from the turn, this time on a Q♥8♠J♠T♣Q♠ board. Huang was going up against Aimin Zhang and check-called a bet of 4,500. On the river both players checked and Zhang turned over J♦T♥ for a two pair gone wrong. Huang's K♦J♥ was good enough to rake in the pot and that was that.
4.15pm: Level Up, Blinds 500-1000, Ante 100
4.10pm: Elimination Rate
The players have been falling to the rail at a solid pace during this first level, with just 108 players remaining. However, the eliminations are starting to slow down now, with the average stack of around 50,000 being more than 50 big blinds.
4.00pm: Lucky Chop Up
Michael Marvenek is a regular in Macau poker and will be looking to make a deep run here in the MPCC Main Event to see himself rise up the Asian poker rankings. We recently watched Marvenek and one opponent play out a hand on a K♦J♥3♠8♥8♣ board. It was a blind versus blind situation, with Marvenek in the small blind. Marvenek check-called bets on the flop and turn and both players checked the river. At showdown, Marvenek tabled his K♣6♣, which luckily for him was a good for a chop against his opponent's flopped two pair holding K♠3♥.
3.45pm: It's Up to You Players
"We either play seven levels today," announced Danny McDonagh to the PokerStars poker room. "Or we make it to the money, It's up to you players!"
Doing some rough calculations and we believe that the money bubble could be burst during the sixth level, so setting the line at around seven levels seems about right. Only time will tell!
3.35pm: Go, Go Team Pro
Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang has just raked in a nice little pot in hand against Aimin Zhang and Jill Maley. It all started when the action was folded to Maley in the hi-jack seat. The Western Australia Poker League player opted to open up the pot to 1,600 and Huang called directly on her left. Zhang decided to come along for the ride in the big blind and the dealer turned over a J♥2♣9♥ flop. Zhang checked here and Maley bet 1,600. Huang flicked out a call and Zhang got out of the way as a dealer turned over a T♠ on the turn. This time both players checked and a T♣ completed the board on the river. Another couple of checks and Maley would table A♥K♣. Huang's 3♥3♣ hit the felt and the chips were sent in his direction early here on Day 1b of the 2012 MPCC Main Event.
3.15pm: The Day 2 Plan
The plan for Day 2 is a little vague at this stage, with an as yet unknown amount of levels set to take place. One thing we do know is that if we make the money, then Day 2 will be over and we will return tomorrow to play down to a final table. The levels still run for 60 minutes and commence today at 400-800 with a 100-chip ante.
3.10pm: In Their Seats and Ready to Play
The 123 players have scrambled into their seats and the cards are flying in the air!
Time for Day 2 of the 2012 MPCC Main Event
Here we are once again in the PokerStars Macau poker room in the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. Today will see Day 2 commence, with 123 players returning to the felt with the hopes of making their way to a final table. However, before any player can manage to survive to the final nine, they will have to burst the money bubble and that is expected to happen at some stage today. It is Edmund Lee who begins the day as the chip leader, but he has plenty of players hot on his tail including Sunny Jung and Kenny Wong. Also still in contention are Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang and Raymond Wu. While Huang and Wu might not have as many chips as Lee, they have proven records in tournaments in Macau and will both be looking to add an MPCC Main Event title to their resumes. Of course, there can only be one winner and the continued road to crowning a champion recommences at 3:10pm today. Don't miss it, poker fans!