MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1b: Levels 1-3 (blinds 100-200)

10:10pm: Ten-minute break

10:05pm: Team PokerStars loses two

Just prior to the break we've lost two of our Team PokerStars Pros as Bryan Huang and Raymond Wu have both been eliminated.

Wu was down to under 10,000 in chips when he was all in with pocket nines, but they failed to hold against an opponent's ace-king.

Bryan Huang was in better shape with close to 20,000 in chips when he raised it up to 700 holding A♠7♣ following a limper. The small blind and the limper both called to see a flop of A♣5♣7♦. Action checked to Huang who bet 2,100 with the small blind calling before the third player check-raised to 7,100. Huang moved all in with his two pair, but both opponents called. One with a T♣8♣ flush draw and the other with a set of fives. There was no miracle for Huang and he was sent to the rail.

9:55pm: Mohan on the move

Indian Sangeeth Mohan is motoring on his table as he looks to continue his hot form from the end of 2011. Mohan recently flopped a set of tens and rivered a full house, getting full value to get himself up to 30,000 chips.

9:50pm: Johnny arrives, but for how long?

We've been waiting patiently for the arrival of the legendary Johnny Chan into tonight's tournament and finally our wish was granted as the ten-time WSOP champion recently took his seat.

However his stay may be short-lived after it was recalled to us that he lost most of his chips with an overpair against an opponent's turned straight. Chan was down to 600 but quadrupled up moments later to now sit with 2,400.

9:35pm: Percy power

Percy Yung is back above her starting stack after moving her stack all in on the river. Yung had check-raised the turn, making it 3,650 to go after her opponent bet 1,500 on the board of K♦7♠4♠4♦. Her opponent called before the K♠ on the river double-paired the board. Yung didn't hesitate in moving all in, but her opponent instantly tossed his cards straight into the muck. Yung is up to 16,000.

9:30pm: Level up, blinds 100-200

9:20pm: Let off for Lim

Aaron Lim is fortunate to still be alive after his opponent let him off the hook with a big fold. We caught the action on the flop of K♥9♠3♥. The player on the button bet out 1,500 before Lim moved all in for his last 6,200.

The button player was pained by the decision and despite it being relatively cheap, he decided to fold his A♦A♠ face up, clearly putting Lim on a big hand. That might've been a mistake as Lim raised his eyebrows and flashed the T♥. Lim gets back to 9,000.

9:10pm: Victor collects

With two limper in front, Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu bumped it up to 500 to go. Next to act was Victor Chen who flat called in position, which brought in the two limpers as they saw a multi-way flop of 2♠9♥K♥.

With two checks to Wu, he tossed out a continuation bet of 1,150. Chen called as did Sammy Huang as the three of them went to the 9♣ turn. Action checked around before the A♥ river also slowed the action down. With no more chips committed, Huang opened Q♣T♣ for an ambitious draw. Wu showed 6♣6♠ for a pair but Chen held the best hand with his K♦J♦ taking it down.

After the hand, Wu and Chen were warned about chatting during a multi-way hand, but that didn't bother Chen as he chipped up to 30,000. Wu is down to 10,000 with Huang struggling on 8,500.


Raymond Wu and Victor Chen seated side-by-side

9:00pm: Unofficial numbers

We've just received word from Danny McDonagh that the current number of registrations for the MPC Red Dragon Main Event stands at a massive 625 which is an enormous achievement and a record field. However we've only had one elimination so far today, which means that there are a lot of alternates hanging around waiting for their opportunity.

Some alternates may be allowed to take a refund on their entry should they prefer not to wait around, so this may have a bearing on the overall numbers.

8:50pm: Level up, blinds 50-100

8:45pm: Small slip for Lin

We picked up the action on the flop of 3♠T♠4♦ with Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin tossing out a bet of 550 on the button. Her lone opponent was in the big blind and made the call as the 3♣ fell on the turn.

It was checked to Lin who bet 800 but her opponent again quickly called before the 8♣ completed the board. The big blind checked and Lin also tapped the table. The big blind showed Q♣T♥ for top pair which was enough as Lin mucked and slipped to 13,500.


Celina Lin in action on Day 1b

8:35pm: Early action for Hirotoshi

One of our favourite poker personalities in Macau is Japan's Hirotoshi Nakabo as his hands always come with a little excitement and a little drama and this one was no exception.

We arrived to see 1,200 in front of Nakabo's opponent and it was later recalled to us that it was a five-bet preflop. Nakabo was deep in the tank and thought long and hard before making the call to see a flop of J♣5♦5♥.

Both players checked and the turn brought the 9♠. Nakabo quickly flicked out a small probing bet worth 525, which his opponent called as the J♥ river double-paired the board. Nakabo bet again, this time for 1,575 and his opponent looked him up.

Nakabo opened Q♥Q♣ and was relieved to see it was good. He stood from the table and muttered in broken English that his opponent was also Japanese but he was unsure of how he played. Nakabo moves up to 20,000 in the early goings.

8:25pm: Who's here?

It's a massive field today. So large in fact that Danny McDonagh has resorted to warning any late registrations that they face a two hour wait as an alternate.

In our first lap of the PokerStars Macau Poker Room we've spotted Dan Sing, Jeff Rossiter, Jay Tan, Michael Marvanek, Hirotoshi Nakabo, Sangeeth Mohan, Percy Yung, Melvin Matibag, Victor Chong, Patrick Lee, Darren Judges, Will Cheong, Roberto Wong, Jacky Wang, Victor Chen, Sammy Huang, Kitty Kuo and October MPC champ Raiden Kan.

Team PokerStars is also well represented this evening with Bryan Huang, Raymond Wu, Celina Lin and Vivian Im all in action this evening.

Once again we'll be playing ten and a half levels today which will see play wrap up just before 4am tonight.

8:10pm: Cards are in the air

Welcome back in the PokerStars Macau Poker Rom at the Grand Lisboa Casino for Day 1b of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event. It's been a bit of a madhouse here for the past 30 minutes as a capacity field have taken their seats as we expect well over 300 players this evening to take our total number of entrants for the Main Event to around 600.

PokerStars Country Manager Fred Leung has welcomed the players to Macau before handing the microphone to PokerStars Director of Live Operations in Asia-Pacific Danny McDonagh to utter the immortal words to "shuffle up and deal!" The cards are now in the air!