Pipi Huang wins Event 1 at Macau Poker Cup
'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' had a hugely successful opening weekend as it set several new marks while hosting the 18th installment of the popular Macau Poker Cup (MPC) series.
The first two tournaments drew back-to-back 300-player fields -- the first time ever for poker in Asia.
Headlining the first three days was Taiwanese Pipi Huang who beat the Event 1's 334-player field -- a new side event record in Asia for players in a single day -- and won a top prize of HK $131,000 in the Deepstack Event that only cost him HK $2,000 to enter.
The 27-year old engineer was one of 38 players to cash for a piece of the HK $583,164 overall prize pool.
Huang's victory moves him into No. 5 on the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) rankings.
"I've played online poker for 3-4 years at PokerStars...this is my first live tournament trophy." said Huang through a translator. He had a runner-up finish in the same event last year. "The win is very encouraging for me and I'll try playing more live events to gain more APOY points."
Event 1: $2,000 Deepstack - Final Table Results
1. Pipi Huang (Chinese Taipei) -- $131,000
2. Kai Yang (Chinese Taipei) -- $90,000
3. Koon Hung Kwok (Hong Kong) -- $53,500
4. Yeow Chung Chong (Singapore) -- $42,200
5. Wai Tung Lo (Hong Kong) -- $33,500
6. Ashok Kailash (India) -- $27,600
7. Yen Fang Liu (Chinese Taipei) -- $21,900
8. Udaysinh Patil (India) -- $16,100
9. Rene Kodlin (Germany) -- $13,200
10. Derek Yu (Canada) -- $10,264
Event 2: $5,500 NLH drew 310 players and after two Day 1 flights, 31 remain who are guaranteed a minimum cash of HK $11,300 from the HK $1.5M in prize money.
Leading the survivors is American Noah Kelly with 284,500 chips followed closely by Singapore's Jingjie Xu (279,400). Taiwan's Yun-hsiang Fan (230,500) and India's Dhaval Mudgal (203,300) round out the Top 4 stacks.
Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu, Celina Lin and Vivian Im were amongst the starting field but didn't advance to the next round.
Day 2 takes place on Monday at 4pm local time where the eventual winner will take home HK $346,000.
"We're ecstatic about our start, but no doubt the record we want to break is the 635 unique players for the Red Dragon." said Robin Lim, PokerStars Senior Events Manager.
The HKD $11,000 Red Dragon Main Event takes place from April 24-28 and comes with a HK $5,000,000 guarantee.
Players can qualify to the Red Dragon at 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' where satellites are running daily until April 26.