MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 25-26 (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 10,000)
7:10pm: Ten-minute break
7:00pm: More for Martirosyan
David Martirosyan raised it up an additional 100,000 from the small blind and Nicky Tao Jin made the call to see a flop of 2♥7♦T♣. Martirosyan continued for 135,000 and Jin made the call before both players checked the 5♦ turn.
On the Q♠ river, Martirosyan bet out 255,000 and it was enough to take it down. Martirosyan has made a nice comeback to get to 2.4 million with Jin down under 3 million.
6:50pm: Martirosyan straightens Eichmeier
David Martirosyan oped-shipped it all in for 1.1 million with J♥T♥ and looked in deep trouble when Craig Eichmeier made the call in the small blind with a dominant A♣J♦.
Eichmeier was looking for an ace to seal the deal, and he found it, but the 8♣9♦A♥ actually gave Martirosyan outs to a straight to stay alive. And that's exactly what happened as the Q♥ appeared on the turn. The river was the 8♠ to see Martirosyan double up to 2.3 million with Eichmeier slipping to 1.725 million.
6:30pm: Jay Tan out in 5th
After running hot yesterday, Jay Tan was icy cold today as she just couldn't find any spots or cards to get much going on this final table.
Tan eventually made a move as she pushed all in for 925,000 with A♥4♥ but Abhishek Goindi made the call with J♦J♠.
Tan, and all of her railbirds, were calling for an ace but the board bricked out T♠K♦8♣T♦6♠. Tan wasn't disappointed, but rather thrilled to have come this far with her great run ending in 5th place.
6:15pm: Wang out as Jin soars!
The noise level in the poker room has shot through the roof as big action on our final has seen yet another elimination.
Zuo Wang is the man to go as Nicky Tao Jin continues his giant-killing run. It was a battle of the blinds with all the chips in the middle preflop as Jin pushed with 6♥6♦ and Wang made the call with A♥T♥.
The board was spread Q♥9♦2♥6♠K♥ to give Jin a set for the knockout blow as Wang adds another final table to his resume with a 6th place finish.
Nicky Tao Jin is now up to 4.2 million and has two-thirds of the chips in play five-handed!
6:10pm: Level up, blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 10,000
6:05pm: Ke Chen crippled and eliminated
Nicky Tao Jin opened with a raise to 120,000 from under the gun before Ke Chen three-bet to 285,000. Action folded back to Jin who declared himself all in with Chen making the call.
Jin showed 5♥5♦ and the race was on against Chen's A♣Q♣.
Chen caught an ace on the A♥4♠3♠ flop, but roars went up around the poker room when the 6♣ turn and 7♦ river completed the board to give Jin a running straight!
Chen was left with just 100,000 in change as Jin doubled into the chip lead with around 2.5 million.
Chen's last 100,000 was all in moments later with K♦4♣ and he was called by both blinds who checked down the board of 2♠6♥8♥2♥Q♦. Nicky Tao Jin opened Q♥J♦ for a rivered pair to take it down and eliminate Chen in 7th place.
5:50pm: Playing back at Ke
Play has again tightened up with not a lot of action to report.
Ke Chen has lost a few chips after having to surrender to the aggression of his opponents. First Chen folded to the three-bet of Abhishek Goindi, before trying a three-bet of his own against Zuo Wang.
Wang opened to 120,000, Chen popped it up another 155,000 but Wang responded by moving all in. It was another 695,000 to Chen to call but he let it go. Chen is down to 1.35 million with Wang up to the same amount.
5:30pm: Chen breaks the deadlock, Ho on the rail
Finally, we've lost a player as Po En Ho has become our 8th place finisher. Something had to give eventually! Ho was down to his last 350,000 which he moved all in from the button. Ke Chen re-shoved from the small blind to isolate and the cards were on their backs.
Ho tabled K♣6♦ but surprisingly held the best hand as Chen couldn't fold his pretty J♦T♦. The call turned good when the board was spread A♣T♥T♠5♣7♦ to give Chen trips to take it down. Ho picks up HK$157,000 for a fine tournament.
5:10pm: Play resumes
The eight players are back and ready to break this deadlock!
Approximate chip counts:
Abhishek Goindi (India) - 1,850,000
David Martirosyan (Thailand) - 1,500,000
Craig Eichmeier (UK) (PokerStars Player) - 1,500,000
Jennette "Jay" Tan (Hong Kong) - 975,000
Ke Chen (China) - 950,000
Nicky Tao Jin (UK) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 880,000
Zuo Wang (China) - 830,000
Po En Ho (China) - 750,000