China's Nicky Jin wins Event 4 on the eve of his Red Dragon
Nicky Jin's background as a professional online poker player has clearly made the successful jump to the live poker arena.
After winning the Red Dragon main event earlier this year in February he won the first Macau Poker Cup event he entered and looks good heading into Thursday's "Slay Day"Day 1A of the Red Dragon main event which begins at 8:10 PM local time.
Jin arrived in the new PokerStars Macau tournament area at theGrand Waldo Entertainment Complex and dominated the 152-player field in Event 4: $3,000 NLH on his way to capturing his second title of the year. The win adds another HKD $97,500 to his season's earnings which already total more than HKD 1.2 million.
Jin was in cruise control with a monster stack of chips throughout shorthanded play on the final table.
In the final hand, Germany's Jan Zeuschner and Jin saw a flop of 9♠J♠3♥. The two opponents got all their chips into the middle and Zeuschner's top pair with 5♥J♥ was badly trailing Jin as the defending Red Dragon champion turned over J♣3♣ for two pair.
There was no miracle for Zeuschner as the turn and river ran K♠4♦ respectively to make it a perfect two titles in two final tables this year.
The victory now gives Jin a 960 point lead over India's Abhishek Goindi for the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) race.
Since his Red Dragon win, Jin has become an official poker coach for DZPK.com and the confident pro declared, "I think I pretty much locked up the APOY after this win."
As he rushed off to take his seat in Event 5: $5,000 KO Bounty he added, "I'm playing tomorrow in Day 1A. I hope to defend my Red Dragon title and even think I can final table this (Event 5) event."
Amazingly, Jin is amongst the chip leaders with 50 remaining in the 142-player field of Event 5.
The Red Dragon main event takes place from June 14-18
Event 4: $3,000 NLH Final Table Results
1. Nicky Jin (China) -- $97,500
2. Jan Zeuschner (Germany) -- $65,700
3. Xing Jin (China) -- $41,800
4. Longchu Lu (China) -- $33,800
5. Jia Juen Tse (Hong Kong) -- $26,900
6. Akira Ohyama (Japan) -- $21,900
7. Eng Hwee Soh (Singapore) -- $17,900
8. Hossein Shabannezhad (Malaysia) -- $13,900
9. Jeonyeob Song (Korea) -- $11,900
10. Roy Wan (Hong Kong) -- $9,788
Players can still qualify to the Red Dragon at PokerStars Macau where live satellites are running daily.
The Red Dragon --Day 1A begins Thursday at 8:10 PM HKT. The main event comes with a HKD $3.000,000 guarantee.