MPC22: Largest Day 1 flight sets field at 987 unique entrants

Poker tournaments around the world seem to follow the trend that the final Day 1 flight is always the largest. That is certainly true at PokerStars LIVE Macau and it was definitely the case on Day 1d of the MPC22 Red Dragon Main Event.

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Packed PokerStars LIVE Macau

The day started with around 350 players at the tables which put the poker room at maximum capacity. That didn't stop dozens of players from filtering in and ponying up HK$12,000 (~US$1,550), however, and so the tournament had to resort to alternates - a method whereby players wait in the wings for seats to free up.

In the end, once everyone was seated, there were a massive 444 entrants. When added with the first three Day 1 flight, the total field was set at 987 unique players. That's just eight less than the record of 995 who played MPC20 in January last year.

That field created a prize pool of HK$10,339,812 (~US$1,330,000) and it's the top 117 players who will share in a piece of that cash. Making the money will guarantee players HK$24,600 (~US$3,100), while a spot at the final table is worth HK$174,000 (~US23,200).

The eventual champion will pocket a massive HK$2,199,000 (~US$293,000).

MPC22 - Final Table Payouts (HKD)
1st - $2,199,000 (~US$ 293,200)
2nd - $1,295,000 (~US$ 172,666)
3rd - $783,000 (~US$ 104,400)
4th - $563,000 (~US$ 75,066)
5th - $384,000 (~US$ 51,200)
6th - $281,612 (~US$ 37,548)
7th - $235,000 (~US$ 31,333)
8th - $204,500 (~US$ 27,266)
9th - $174,000 (~US$ 23,200)

Click here for complete prize pool information

While it's fun to talk about the money, it's important to praise the success of the 131 players who made it through Day 1d and kept themselves in contention for Red Dragon glory.

Of those players, it was Korea's Kwangjin Lee who finished up with the chip lead. He heads into Day 2 with 154,800 in chips. Japan's Kazuma (147,600), Filipino Flo Campomanes (142,900) and China's Juicy Li (128,300) also finished Day 1d with big stacks.

Some of the others who made it through Day 1d include former APPT champ Hoang Anh Do, August 2013 Red Dragon champ Tom Alner and hip hop superstar MC Hotdog. You can find the top ten stacks below, along with links to end-of-day counts and the Day 2 seating draw.

MPC22 - Day 1D Top Ten
Kwangjin Lee (Korea) - 154,800
Kazuma Tanaka (Japan) - 147,600
Flo Campomanes (Philippines) - 142,900
Akira Ohyama (Korea) - 130,000
Juicy Li (China) - 128,300
Takuya Yamashita (Japan) - 118,100
Chi-kang Kung (Chinese Taipei) - 116,800
Jumma Tomiyama (Japan) - 108,000
Leiguang Li (China) - 101,700
Seyed Borghei (Iran) - 100,400

Click here for end-of-day 1D chip counts

Click here for Day 2 seating draw

Not everyone was as fortunate as the aforementioned players with dozens hitting the rail throughout Day 1d. One of those who was eliminated throughout the action was Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im.

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Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im couldn't make it through Day 1d

Im was short stacked quite early in the day, but managed to double up with 4♣4♠ against an opponent's A♣J♦. Not too long after this, however, Im would shove 10 big blinds in the middle with pocket sixes and run into pocket kings. Just like that, it was all over.

Im was one of five Team PokerStars Pros who played this event over the four Day 1 flights and of those it was only Japan's Kosei Ichinose who made it through to Day 2.

Ichinose and the 285 total players who are still in the tournament will now return from 5:00pm local time on Wednesday and start playing towards the money bubble. Be sure to join us on the PokerStars Macau page to continue following live updates of the MPC22 Red Dragon!

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau