Charles Wong wins Event 1 at Macau Poker Cup

PokerStars Macau had a successful launch at the 17th edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) over the weekend.

Headlining the first three days of the 10-day schedule was Hong Kong's Charles Wong who won the opening HKD $5,500 NLH side event after defeating the 212-player field. Wong was awarded the top prize of HKD $246,800 for his victory and takes the early lead in the 2013 Asia Player of the Year race.

In total, 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $1,028,200 prize pool which began Friday and ended Sunday night. Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu and Celina Lin were active on Sunday but Wu failed to cash while Lin finished in 12th place.

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Charles Wong

Japan's Kosei Ichinose dominated most of the final table but was knocked out in third place by Taiwan's Chieh Yin Cheng. In the final hand, Cheng moved his short stack with K♣9♦ and was called by Wong who held K♠J♠. The board of 4♥Q♣3♦4♦T♣ didn't improve either player and Wong's jack kicker would be enough to win the title.

Event 1: $5,500 NLH - Final Table Results
1. Charles Wong (Hong Kong) -- $246,800
2. Chieh Yin Cheng (Chinese Taipei) -- $169,700
3. Kosei Ichinose (Japan) -- $102,800
4. Witold Krawczyk (Poland) -- $77,100
5. Hao Kai Wu (Chinese Taipei) -- $61,700
6. Albert Lau (Hong Kong) -- $51,400
7. Kyungsik Jung (Korea) -- $41,100
8. Yunye Lu (Hong Kong) -- $30,800
9. Richard Hu (China) -- $25,700
10. Chi-hsiang Lee (Chinese Taipei) -- $20,400

The Macau Poker Cup runs from January 11 to 20, with the HKD $11,000 Red Dragon main event begins on January 17. Players can qualify to the Red Dragon at PokerStars Macau where live satellites are running daily.