MPC Red Dragon Day 1A updates
3.50am: Over. Day of Westmorland
We are done for the day and Jordan Westmorland is a massive chip leader here. He finished with 269,000, which is more than twice his closest challenger. A full wrap is imminent.
3.30am: Last level
Righto, we're now into level 11, of which we will be playing 20 minutes before finishing for the night. There are 33 still with us and Jordan Westmorland is still the boss. He now has close to 200,000 and is seemingly unstoppable.
Full counts will be with you at the end of play.
BLINDS UP. PLAYING 800-1,600-200 IN LEVEL 11
2.50am: One hour left
Tournament officials have announced that we'll play one more hour - a level and a half - before calling it quits for the night. There are 36 players remaining and we have just entered level 10.
Hand updates will be (even more) sporadic over the next little while as we attempt to determine the big stacks for the end of night wrap and data dump.
2.40am: Gupta gotten by Ohyama
Akira Ohyama just doubled up, profiting from a gutsy play by Madhav "Maddy" Gupta that so very nearly succeeded. Maddy opened from early position and Nicky Jin flat called in the cut off. That prompted a three bet from Ohyama, making it 7,600 from the button. It was folded through the blinds to Maddy, who then four bet, making it 16,300.
Jin folded, but Ohyama went deep into the tank. He asked Maddy for a count of his remaining stack - it was slightly more than 18,000 extra, which just about covered Ohyama. But Ohyama made a pained move all in, which in turn forced Maddy to ask for a count.
"I was so sure he had aces," said Ohyama to Nicky Jin, also at the table. Ohyama was clearly delighted that this all in move hadn't been snapped off.
In a matter of minutes, the room will also be flooded with poker players, joining day 1A of the HKD $3,000,000 guaranteed main event. That equates to about USD$385,000, which is startling given the US $1,400 equivalent buy in.
This is the 16th renewal of this event, which first appeared in 2008. This time last year there were 447 players, topped by Kwan Pao Mah of Canada, and we are expecting even more runners this time.
The form player is China's Nicky Jin. He won the last Red Dragon main event in February and yesterday also took down a side event here. That earned Jin HKD $97,500, and took his year's total earnings beyond HK$ 1.2 million. With two titles from two final tables so far, Jin is clearly a favourite.
I'm not totally sure yet what day Jin will be playing - we have three day ones, the first of which starts at 8.10pm local time. Yep, things are so precise over here in Macau that tournaments start at ten past the hour. And every indication is that we will be starting right on the button.
So strap yourself in and prepare for all the fun of the Red Dragon series.