Tetsuya Tsuchikawa wins Event 3 at Macau Poker Cup
The action is heating up at PokerStars Macau as 202 players came for Event 3: Deepstack of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon which nearly matched the 208 players from the first 2 events combined.
"It's really great to see the players support our events no matter where we are." said Kaka Lam, PokerStars Macau's Marketing Manager. "We expect the player numbers to continually grow as we get closer to the Red Dragon main event on Thursday."
The host venue, the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex, has been the place of second chances during the early Side Events schedule. After a runner-up finish for Andrew Scott in the 2008 APPT Macau Main Event, the Aussie claimed Event 2 on Sunday.
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa also found some redemption on Tuesday night. Best known for his runner-up finish in the Red Dragon last August, the Japanese player outlasted the 202-player field on his way to capturing Event 3.
Tsuchikawa entered heads up play against Macau's Howard Stribbell who had dominated the final table all evening. Stribbell looked well in control with a 3-to-1 chip lead when the final two players started but that quickly changed.
Tsuchikawa doubled up in the first hand to take the chip advantage and then the very next hand saw Stribbell move all-in pre-flop with Ks-Tc only to be snap-called by his opponent who held As-7h.
The Macau local missed on the board of 8♣J♣5♠A♦9♠ and Tsuchikawa's pair of aces won him the event along with the HKD $63,500 first prize. In total, 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $179,008 prize pool.
Tsuchikawa's first Macau win moves him into 31st place on the Asia Player of the Year rankings (APOY) where the eventual winner will receive a 1-year sponsorship via PokerStars Macau.
Event 3: Deepstack Final Table Results
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- $63,500
Howard Stribbell (Macau) -- $43,600
Weiqiang Feng (China) -- $26,500
Chi Hou Fan (Macau) -- $19,800
Dan Sing (New Zealand) -- $15,900
Katsuhiro Muto (Japan) -- $13,200
Jurg Niederberger (Hong Kong) -- $10,600
Jacky Wang (Singapore) -- $7,900
Pei Ti Tu (Chinese Taipei) -- $6,600
Song Qing Wang (China) -- $5,619
Players can still qualify to the Red Dragon at PokerStars Macau where live satellites are running daily.
The next tournament is Event 5: $5,000 KO Bounty on Wednesday at 8:10 PM HKT. The two-day event comes with a HKD $500,000 guarantee.