Ted Wang wins Event 2 at Macau Poker Cup
Monday's action at the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) saw one event finish while another tournament got started at thePokerStars Macau tournament room.
The challenging Event 2: $4,000 Mixed Max was won by China's Ted Wang who beat the field of 58 players and collected HKD $66,800 for his victory. The top seven players made the money for a piece of the HKD $202,536 prize pool.
Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang made the final table in the event that tested the competitors' all-around game. The tournament began in standard full-ring format before switching to six-handed play when only 36 players remained. The final four would finish the event in a series of heads-up play.
Huang just missed the heads-up round and finished in 5th place. In Final Four play, Taiwan's Yi Po Lee quickly dispensed of Iranian Mansour Khorramshahi 2-0 in the best-of-three match-up.
Ted Wang took a much longer path as he fell behind 0-1 to Russian Goergy Belyanin before making a big comeback several hours later to win the series 2-1. Khorramshahi and Belyanin decided to split the prize money for 3rd and 4th place instead of playing the consolation match. They each received HKD $25,350.
Wang drew first blood in the Final Match by winning the first game but Lee tied the heads-up battle after claiming the second to force a tie-breaker.
After more than six grueling hours of heads-up play between them, Wang got all-his chips in with QQ vs. Lee's AJ and the pocket queens held to cripple the Taiwanese player to only 600 chips -- less than the small blind.
Wang would finish things off holding an unlikely final hand of 6♣3♥ that beat Lee's Q♣9♣.
The board ran 6♥3♣K♥A♥T♥ giving the Chinese player the flush along with the much deserved title.
Meanwhile, reigning Asia Player of the Year Yosuke Sekiya made his first appearance of the year in Event 3: $2,000 Deepstack and was amongst the 199 players that turned up Monday evening.
The field builds a prize pool of HKD $347,454 and the top 22 players will be in the money.
Once those 22 players are determined, they will return on Tuesday afternoon to play for the first prize of HKD $85,100.