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Feng Wen Chen Tames Record Breaking Baby Dragon

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MPC26 Baby Dragon Champion Feng Wen Chen

It took nearly twenty-hours and twenty-nine 40-minute levels to whittle the 602-strong record breaking Baby Dragon field down to just one with Taiwan's Feng Wen Chen emerging victorious for a HK$915,000 (~US$117,940) pay day.

Chen defeated PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin after a gruelling 90-minute heads-up battle that saw the chip lead change hands numerous times before all the chips went in pre-flop. 

Down to just 10 big blinds Lin moved all-in from the big blind with 7♦8♦ for her last 2 million over the top of a 500,000 Chen button raise, with Chen making the call holding A♠K♣.

Lin paired her seven on a J♣T♠7♥ flop but was left drawing dead when the Q♥ hit the turn to give Chen the Broadway straight and the PokerStars Pro bowed out gracefully earning HK$565,000 for her second place finish.

This represents a career high score for Chen, whose previous best result was a 10th place finish in the May 2014 APPT Macau Main Event.

Just 101 of the 602 field returned for Day 2, 72 of whom made the money with a min-cash good for HK$15,100. The bubble burst after a little over an hour, skipping hand-for-hand play when three consecutive all-ins on separate tables resulted in three quick bust outs.

Despite starting the day with a sizable chip lead China's Jiangfeng Sun was unable to go the distance and fell by the wayside midway through the day after doubling up Celina Lin to finish in 36th place for HK$21,000.

Other notables to make the money but not the final table included Hong Kong's Alan Lau, Taiwan's Kitty Kuo and the Philippines Lester Edoc, all of whom enjoyed brief stints as chip leader.

Edoc's elimination at the hands of Jason Fan set up the final table and gave the latter the chip lead with the final nine stacking up as follows:
Seat 1: Feng Wen Chen (Taiwan), 441,000
Seat 2: Minggeng Bo (China), 605,000
Seat 3: Celina Lin (China), 641,000
Seat 4: Bolong Xiao (China), 773,000
Seat 5: Chun-Hung Chen (Taiwan), 552,000
Seat 6: Xiang Liu (China), 324,000
Seat 7: Min Soon Lim (Singapore), 655,000
Seat 8: Artem Lobus (Russia), 337,000
Seat 9: Jason Fan (China), 1,719,000

China's Xiang Liu was the final table's first casualty after just 15-minutes, his short stacked shove with ten-five offsuit running into Min Soon Lim's ace-five offsuit in a blind on blind battle.

Russia's Artem Lobus followed Liu to the rail shortly afterwards after another blind versus blind misadventure, Lobus' ten-four offsuit unable to get the job done against Jason Fan's ace-ten offsuit.

Bolong Xiao busted the unfortunate Minggeng Bo 30-minutes after Lobus' departure to take play six-handed and then Jason Fan imploded an hour later to bring the final table down to five.

Despite holding one of the three larger stacks, Xaio followed Fan to the exit 20-minutes later after a car crash of a hand saw the Chinese player get all the chips in pre-flop with pocket kings, only to run into the pocket aces of Feng Wen Chen.

Singapore's Min Soon Lim was next out the door, his button shove with ace-six off suit running into the pocket kings of Celina Lin. While Lim turned two pair Lin spiked a king on the river to take play three-handed.

Three quickly became two when Lin eliminated the short-stacked Chun-Hung Chen in third for HK$350,000. Click here for a full list of payouts.

All that excitement concludes our tournament coverage for the day but the PokerStars blog will be back for Day 1A of the Red Dragon Main Event which begins at 2pm local time (GMT+8) on on Sunday 12 February.  
 
2:20am: Celina Lin Eliminated in 2nd Place (HK$565,000)
Level 29 - Blinds 100,000/200,000/20,000
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PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin congratulates Baby Dragon Champion Feng Wen Chen

It took just over 90-minutes of heads-up play but we finally have a new Baby Dragon Champion in the form of Taiwan's Feng Wen Chen.

When the end came it was both sudden and unexpected. Down to 2 million in chips (10 big blinds) at the start of the hand PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin moved all-in over the top of a Chen 500,000 button raise and was called very quickly.

Celina Lin: 7♦8♦
Feng Wen Chen: A♠K♣

Lin was the at risk player but took the lead when the flop fell J♣T♠7♥. Chen's Taiwanese rail were on their feet screaming themselves horse for a queen and the Q♥ hit the turn like a thunderbolt from the poker gods to leave Lin drawing dead and give Chen the title, trophy and HK$915,000 first place.

A graceful Lin rose to her feet and shook Chen's hand before heading for the exit while Chen basked in the glory of his biggest tournament career score to date. 

All that excitement concludes our tournament coverage for the day but we will be posting a recap of the action and a link to the pay outs shortly so watch this space.

The PokerStars blog will be back for Day 1A of the Red Dragon Main Event which begins at 2pm local time (GMT+8) on on Sunday 12 February. 

2:12am: Lin Edges Ahead, Chen Fights Back
Level 29 - Blinds 100,000/200,000/20,000

Heads-up is slowly becoming a very protracted grind with neither player seemingly able to edge in front for long. Lin was chipping away at Chen and managed to get him down to 2.3 million to her 3.7 million but Chen quickly leveled the playing field with some aggressive moves.

Pre-flop Chen limped the button and Lin popped it up to 575,000 from the big blind only to see Chen move all-in and Lin quickly folded to bring stacks back to 3 million apiece.

Chen managed to edge in front a few hands later after Lin raised the button to 575,000 and was called to bring the action to a monochrome J♥4♥5♥

Chen checked it over to Lin who fired out a c-bet of 500,000 only to see Chen check-raise all-in. Lin thought it over but eventually folded to drop to 2.1 million to Chen's 3.9 million.

1:55am: Lin Snatchs Back Lead To Close Level
Level 28 - Blinds 80,000/160,000/20,000

Celina Lin is showing her final table experience and is seemingly content to try and grind out a win and has just won two back-to-back pots to edge slightly in front once more.

The first saw Lin get aggressive from the big blind and come over the top of a 325,000 Chen button raise for 925,000 in total and Chen quickly folded.

The following hand saw Lin make it 400,000 to got from the button and Chen call from the big blind.

Chen checked the 2♣Q♦5♦ flop over to Lin who led out for 350,000 which was enough to get Chen to give it up. Lin is now up to 3.3 million to Chen's 2.7 million.

However, with the blinds rising to 100,000/200,000 with a 30,000 running ante both players are now close to 15 big blinds deep so it probably won't be long until we get some fireworks.

1:35am: Chen Takes Another, Status Quo Continues

1:45am: Lin Claws Some Back, Chen Takes a Small One
Level 28 - Blinds 80,000/160,000/20,000

Celina Lin took down a reasonable pot while we were typing up the previous hand to bring the stacks back to close to even but has just given a little back.

Lin limped the button and Chen checked the big blind and the 7♥5♦A♣ flop over to Lin, who checked it back. 

Chen checked the A♦ turn and Lin took a stab for 175,000, which Chen again called.

The J♦ river saw Chen give Lin a hawk-like stare down before checking for the third time. Lin checked it right back and mucked when Chen rolled over 5♣3♣
Chen has 3.2 million to Lin's 2.8 million. 

Level 28 - Blinds 80,000/160,000/20,000

We have seen another hand that played out all the way to the river but the chip stacks have not really changed since the last time.

Lin has been steadily chipping away at Chen but all that work amounted to nothing after Chen took down the latest hand.

Pre-flop Lin limped the button and Chen checked his option from the big blind and then checked the Q♠9♣Q♥ flop over to Lin, who took a stab for 170,000.

Chen thought it over briefly and slid in the call and both players checked the J♣ turn. The A♥ river brought a 450,000 bet from Chen and Lin quickly folded and is back down to 2.4 million to Chen's 3.6 million. 

1:18am: Chen Wins Last Hand of Level to Take Lead
Level 27 - Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000

The first few hands of heads-up proved to be a cagey affair with both players taking it in turns to swap blinds and antes.

The first significant hand came right at the close of level 27 with Lin raising to 315,000 from the button and Chen calling from the big blind.

Chen checked the 9♥2♦6♣ over to Lin who c-bet 265,000. This sent Chen into deep thought and he tanked for at least five minutes before he even moved a muscle. When he did so however it was to reach for chips, and not calling chips either.

Chen check raised to 620,000 in total and it was Lin's turn to hit the think tank but she eventually elected to fold, dropping to 2.4 million while Chen climbed to 3.6 million.

0:55am: Heads-up Battle Begins

Level 27 - Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000

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PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin (l) and Taiwan's Feng Wen Chen (r)

The 602-strong Baby Dragon field has been whittled down to just two. Pokerstars Team Pro Celina Lin began the day and final table as one of the shorter stacks but now holds a slight chip lead with 3,110,000 over her opponent, Taiwan's Feng Wen Chen who has 2,910,000.

12:45am:  Lin Takes One From Chen, Chun-Hung Chen Eliminated in 3rd Place (HK$350,000)
Level 27 - Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000
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Chun-Hung Chen Eliminated in 3rd Place

Celina Lin and Feng Wen Chen became involved in a blind on blind battle with Lin coming away the winner.

Pre-flop Chen raised to 275,000 from the small blind and Lin called from the big blind. 

Chen c-bet the 5♣Q♥9♣ flop for 320,000 and Lin called once more to take the action to the K♥ turn.

This slowed Chen down somewhat and he checked the action over to Lin who quickly moved all-in for 1.4 million.

Chen looked pained but eventually found the fold, flashing the Q♦ as he did so.

Lin moved all-in from the small blind the very next hand and a short-stacked Chun-Hung Chen made the call for his tournament life.

Celina Lin: A♥6♦
Chun-Hung Chen: 8♣7♦

Chen immediately paired his seven when the flop came down 2♣2♥7♥ to cheers from the watching crowd.

However, Chen's lead was short lived and the A♠ turn left him drawing to the deck's two remaining sevens. The Q♣ river saw Lin scoop the pot and climb to 3.1 million while Chen was eliminated in 3rd place.

12:30am: Min Soon Lim Eliminated in 4th Place (HK$267,000)
Level 27 - Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000
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Min Soon Lim Eliminated in 4th Place

Just five minutes into level 27 and we have an all-in shove from 1.1 million from the button from Singapore's Min Soon Lim and a snap call from Celina Lin in the big blind.

Min Soon Lim: A♥6♦
Celina Lin: K♠K♥

Lim was the at risk player with Lin having him covered by around 200,000. The Singaporean hit a piece of the 3♠6♠9♣ flop and caught an even bigger piece on the A♦ turn.

Lim shot out of his seat like he had been hit by lightning with an ecstatic scream of "Yes!"

However, it appeared his jubilations were a little premature and the watching rail burst into a huge cheer when the K♣ landed on the river to award the PokerStars Team Pro the hand and send Lim crashing out in fourth. 

Lin climbs to 2.5 million after that spot of good fortune and is now second in chips.

12:25am: Play Resumes
Level 27 - Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000
Play has restarted and the 4 remaining players are back in action.

0:15am: Break and Chip Counts

The four remaining players have gone on a 15-minute break, here's how the remaining field is stacking up:

Seat 1: Feng Wen Chen (Taiwan), 2,765,000
Seat 3: Celina Lin (China), 1,200,000
Seat 5: Chun-Hung Chen (Taiwan), 930,000
Seat 7: Min Soon Lim (Singapore), 1,125,000

0:05am: Lin and Chun-Hung Chen Double
Level 26 - Blinds 50,000/100,000/10,000

Both of the two remaining short stacks Celina Lin and Chun-Hung Chen have just doubled through twice to climb to 800,000 apiece and Min Soon Lim and Feng Wen Chen are avoiding tangling at present so there have been no more bust outs as yet.

Lin won moved in pre-flop another two times to steal the blinds and antes but received no callers.

11:50pm: Lin Doubles Chen, Bolong Xaio Eliminated in 5th place (HK$185,000)
Level 26 - Blinds 50,000/100,000/10,000
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 Bolong Xaio Eliminated in 5th Place

 Celina Lin doubled up a short-stacked Chun-Hung Chen to drop down to 300,000 while Chen climbed to 700,000 with both players getting all the chips in pre-flop. 

Chen moved in for 330,000 from under-the-gun with A♥9♥ and Lin called from the big blind with 5♠6♣ with the board running out 4♠T♠Q♥7♦2♠.

You would think with both Lin and Chen quite short the big stacks would play it safe but that is not what happened with Bolong Xiao and Feng Wen Chen becoming involved in a became involved in pre-flop raising war that resulted in a car crash of a hand that saw all the chips go in pre-flop. 

Bolong Xiao: K♥K♣
Feng Wen Chen: A♦A♥

Unfortunately for Xiao there was no king to be seen when the board ran out 7♦Q♦4♣ 2♥3♣. Xiao departed in fifth place while Chen stacked up to just over 3.1 million to challenge Min Soon Lim for the chip lead.

11:35pm: Jason Fan Eliminated in 6th place (HK$147,000)
Level 26 - Blinds 50,000/100,000/10,000
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Jason Fan finishes in 6th place

The very next hand after folding out to Lim and Jason Fan is out. It looked like a heat of the moment mistake from Fan who apparently did not hear Feng Wen Chen announce he was all in from under-the-gun.

Fan thought he was moving all-in from the small blind into Chen's big blind, not calling all-in but being as he had declared all-in that was the ruling.

Jason Fan: Q♠6♣
Feng Wen Chen: A♠Q♥

Fan was on his feet and his rail were calling for a six, unfortunately the flop came down 2♦A♦9♥ to further extend Chen's lead meaning Fan needed to hit running sixes to survive.

Unsurprisingly there was no miracle comeback and the T♣ turn and 9♦ river sealed Fan's fate and he departed in 6th place.

11:30pm: Lim Snags Lead
Level 25 - Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000

A huge hand has just played out between Min Soon Lim and Jason Fan. Pre-flop Lim opened the action with a raise to 175,000 and Fan came over the top for another 200,000 from late position. 

Lim clicked it back with a 200,000 min-four-bet and after mulling it over for a minute Fan made the call to swell the pot to over 1 million.

First to act, Lim moved all-in for just shy of 1 million sending Fan deep into the think tank, where he remained for a full five minutes. Lim eventually called for the clock and Fan folded with just seconds to spare dropping to 750,000 while Lim rises to the giddy heights of 3 million and snags the chip lead.

11:25pm: Stacks
Level 25 - Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000

Here's an approximation of how the final six stacks are looking:

Seat 1: Feng Wen Chen (Taiwan), 875,000
Seat 3: Celina Lin (China), 650,000
Seat 4: Bolong Xiao (China), 1,600,000
Seat 5: Chun-Hung Chen (Taiwan), 500,000
Seat 7: Min Soon Lim (Singapore), 1,600,000
Seat 9: Jason Fan (China), 1,250,000

11:10pm: Chen Doubles Chen
Level 25 - Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000

A battle of the Chen's has just ensued with the short-stacked Chun-Hung Chen moving all-in for his last 210,000 from middle position. 

Action folded around to Feng Wen Chen in the big blind who mulled it over but eventually decided the chance to eliminate another player was just too good to pass up and made the call.

Chun-Hung Chen: K♥7♥
Feng Wen Chen: K♠5♦

The flop fell Q♠6♠J♥ keeping Chun-Hung Chen in the lead, the 8♥ turn giving him a back door heart draw which came in on the 6♥ river to grant him a double. 

Chun-Hung Chen climbs to 500,000 while Feng Wen Chen drops to 900,000.

10:52pm: Minggeng Bo Eliminated in 7th Place (HK$120,000)
Level 25 - Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000
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Minggeng Bo (right) Finishes in 7th Place

China's Minggeng Bo moved all-in from the hi-jack for just over 500,000 and was beaten into the pot by Bolong Xiao. The blinds took the hint and quickly bowed out and the cards were turned over.

Minggeng Bo: A♣J♦
Bolong Xiao: A♠A♥

Bo was not in the best of shape and received no help when the board ran out Q♥3♦3♠4♦T♦ and departed in seventh place. 

With Jason Fan yet to fully recover from doubling Feng Wen Chen  earlier that pot gave Xiao the chip lead and he's now sitting on around 1.6 million.


10:35pm: Chen Doubles Through Fan
Level 24 - Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000


Jason Fan is applying the pressure but it has not worked out that well for him in this particular instance.

Pre-flop Fan moved all-in from the button and Feng Wen Chen called for his tournament life from the small blind for his last 450,000.

Jason Fan: 3♣3♥
Feng Wen Chen: A♥T♦

Chen pair his ten when the flop fell 8♣T♠Q♣ and did not relinquish his lead when the 7♠ turn and Q♠ river completed the board to grant the Taiwanese player the double to just shy of 1 million.
 
10:30pm: Artem Lobus Eliminated in 8th Place (HK$101,000)
Level 24 - Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000
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Artem Lobus eliminated in 8th place

A scant few hands after Liu hit the rail Russia's Artem Lobus moved all-in from the small blind for 250,000 and chip leader Jason Fan made an extremely speedy call from the big blind.

Artem Lobus: 4♠T♦
Jason Fan: A♣T♥

The flop fell 4♦A♥K♦ to cheers from Fan's watching rail. Lobus was on his feet, needing to hit either a ten or one of the decks two remaining fours to survive. However, the 2♣ turn and K♥ river sealed his fate and Lobus was eliminated in 8th place. Fan now has over 2 million in chips and is showing no signs of slowing.

10:25pm: Xiang Liu Eliminated in 9th (HK$83,968)
Level 24 - Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000
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Xiang Liu departs in 9th place

Action folded around to the short-stacked Xiang Liu in the small blind and he moved all-in for around 300,000 and Min Soon Lim called pretty quickly from the big blind.

Xiang Liu: T♣5♦
Min Soon Lim: A♣5♥

As the at risk player Liu was the one who needed to hit to survive. Unfortunately for the Chinese player the board ran out 9♥A♥7♠6♠4♣ and Liu departed in 9th place.

10:19pm: Lobus and Bo Chop
Level 24 - Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000

The first all-in of the final table resulted in a rather anti-climatic chop. Russia's Artem Lobus is one of the shorter stacks and moved all-in from middle position for a little over 300,000 and was quickly called by Minggeng Bo from the button.

Both players turned over ace-nine off suit, Lobus holding A♥9♠ and Bo holding A♣9♦. The board ran out 6♣3♠Q♥T♥6♦ and both players chop up the blinds and antes.

10:10pm: Play Resumes for Baby Dragon Final Table
Level 23 - Blinds 20,000/40,000/5,000

Play is about to resume on the Baby Dragon final table. There is just under 3-minutes of level 23 left to play out before the blinds climb to 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 running ante.

Currently China's Jason Fan is leading the charge with a commanding 1.7 million chip lead, nearly 1 million more than next closest rival Bolong Xiao. Can Fan go the distance or will he crumble under the pressure? Only time will tell, though Fan has quite the rail of supporters to give him strength.
 
9:10pm: Baby Dragon Final Table is Set
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MPC26 Baby Dragon Final Table

Edoc's departure means the final table is set and stacks up as follows:

Seat 1: Feng Wen Chen (Taiwan), 441,000
Seat 2: Minggeng Bo (China), 605,000
Seat 3: Celina Lin (China), 641,000
Seat 4: Bolong Xiao (China), 773,000
Seat 5: Chun-Hung Chen (Taiwan), 552,000
Seat 6: Xiang Liu (China), 324,000
Seat 7: Min Soon Lim (Singapore), 655,000
Seat 8: Artem Lobus (Russia), 337,000
Seat 9: Jason Fan (China), 1,719,000

Players are currently on a 50-minute dinner break and play should resume shortly after 10pm local time.

Lester Edoc Eliminated in 10th Place (HK$71,200)
Level 23 - Blinds 20,000/40,000/5,000
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Lester Edoc bursts final table bubble

Play tightened up considerably following the elimination of Chunhui Ji with players playing few flops and most hands being taken down with pre-flop shoves or a single c-bet.

This trend continued for the last 10 minutes of level 22 and for 35-minutes of level 23. However, something had to give and finally there was an all-in and a call on the feature table. 

The at risk player was former frontrunner Lester Edoc who shoved from under-the-gun for 350,000 - a little less than 10 big blinds. Jason Fan called fairly swiftly from the cutoff and the cards were turned over.

Lester Edoc: K♣J♦
Jason Fan: A♣5♣.

Edoc took the lead on the Q♣5♣J♠ flop, pairing his jack. Unfortunately for the Filipino player Fan had also caught a piece of the flop and while the T♠ turn kept Edoc's nose in front, the 5♥ river brought a despairing groan from Edoc and a fist pump and cry of "Yes!" from Fan. Edoc departed in 10th place and the final table is set.

 8:20pm: Fan Busts Ji
Level 22 - Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000

Just ten players remain in the Baby Dragon and we are one elimination away from our final table. The latest casualty came at the hands of Jason Fan who got all the chips in pre-flop against a short-stacked Chunhui Ji.

Ji's pocket fours were slightly ahead of Fan's A♣Q♣ pre-flop but his lead did not last when Fan paired his ace on the flop and with no four making an appearance Ji was out in 11th for HK$58,800.

Fan now has the chip lead and is sitting on over 1.2 million in chips. Next closest rival looks to be Celinia Lin who has around 850,000. 

8:10pm: Edoc Takes A Hit
Level 22 - Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000
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The Philippines Lester Edoc

Lester Edoc and tablemate Xiao Bolong have been tangling in quite a few pots recently with Bolong having had the best of it so far.

That trend continued, much to Edoc's displeasure, in the following hand. Edoc opened from under-the-gun with a raise to 65,000 and action folded around to Bolong, who decided to defend his big blind and made the call to take the action heads-up to a 8♦7♥4♥ flop.

Bolong check-called Edoc's 75,000 c-bet and both players checked the 5♠ turn before Bolong led the 9♣ river for 90,000.

Edoc sighed and threw in the crying call and Bolong rolled over 6♦9♦ for the turned straight. An unhappy looking Edoc flashed A♠A♣ before tossing his cards into the muck to drop to 800,000 while Bolong stacks up to 670,000.

7:50pm: Lin Busts Yang
Level 22 - Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000

Celina Lin is certainly catching cards at the right time, but then poker is all about timing, though a little luck never hurts.

Pre-flop China's Chao Yang became the architect of his own destruction after opening the action with a cutoff raise to 157,000 leaving himself 120,000 behind.

Sitting in the big blind Lin woke up with A♠Q♠ and moved all-in with Yang making the call for his tournament life with 3♦3♣.

The flop came down K♠4♣J♥ to give Yang a glimpse of hope, but unfortunately the light at the end of the tunnel was an oncoming A-train and the A♣ hit the turn to leave Yang drawing to the deck's two remaining three's.

The 7♠ river was no help and Yang departed in 12th place for HK$58,800. Lin is now sitting on a very healthy looking stack of around 850,000.

7:25pm: Fan Busts Wang, Lim Doubles Lin
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000/3,000
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China's Jason Fan


Two big hands have just played out consecutively on the two remaining Baby Dragon tournament tables.

The first saw Jason Fan open the action with a raise to 42,000 from under-the-gun and action fold around to Guofeng Wang in the small blind.

Wang was one of the shorter stacks and tanked over his decision long and hard before moving all-in for a little less than 100,000. 

Fan snap called, which is usually never a good sign if you are the all-in player and Weng found his 5♠5♥ trailing to Fan's K♣K♥.

The board ran out T♥8♦6♣9♣3♠ to cheer's from Fan's railbirds and Wang headed for the exit in 13th place for HK$46,500 while Fan chips up to around 800,000.


While this was happening Pokerstars Team Pro Celina Lin opened the action with a button raise to 45,000 over on the other table. Singapore's Min Soon Lim chose to defend from the small blind and action went heads-up to a 9♥8♦8♣ flop.


Lim checked the action over to Lin, who continuation bet a slightly smaller 33,000, which Lim quickly called.

The 7♥ turn saw Lim speedily check for a second time and Lin moved her remaining 183,000 into the center of the table.


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Singapore's Min Soon Lim goes deep into the tank

"Why are you trying to push me off?' querried a curious Lim, "Do you have ace-ten?... I think I'm ahead here," continued the Singaporean.

An impassive Lin gave nothing away and sat there stoically while Lim tanked for an ice age, eventually getting clocked. 

"This'll definitely make the Pokerstars blog right?" joked Lim as he chewed over the decision. With just five seconds left Lim slid in the call and Lin turned over J♥J♠, which was leading Lim's 3♦3♠.

The river came down 7♠ to cheers from the watching rail and Lin doubles to 410,000 while Lim drops to 520,000.

7:00pm: Jun Zhang Eliminated in 14th place (HK$46,500)
Level 21 - Blinds 10,000/20,000/3,000

China's Jun Zhang has just taken a nasty beat to bring his Baby Dragon to a premature end with Ji Chunhui wielding the executioner's axe. 

All the chips went in pre-flop with Chunhui moving all-in from the small blind with jack-six offsuit and Zhang making the call for his tournament life with ace-king. Unfortunately for Zhang, Chunhui paired his jack and that was the end for Zhang.

6:45pm: Chan and Jiang Eliminated in Quick Succession
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000/2,000

Singapore's Matthew Chan and Australia's Sosia Jiang have just left the tournament area. Chan departed in 16th place for a HK$35,700 and while we missed Chan's bust out hand we managed to get the details of Jiang's.

Pre-flop Jiang completed the small blind with king-queen off suit, Min Soon Lim moved all-in from the big blind with ace-four off suit and Jiang made the call for her tournament life. Unfortunately for Jiang she failed to pair either of her hole cards and departed in 15th for a HK$46,500 pay day.

Lester Edoc has been busy rebuilding and has climbed back up to around 1.1 million, Feng Wen Chen has close to 1 million, Chun-Hung Chen has around 700,000 as does Min Soon Lim, Artem Lobus has around 400,000 while Pokerstars Team Pro Celina Lin is looking a little short on around 250,000.

6:35: Fan Doubles Through Edoc
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000/2,000

With the elimination of Kelvin Beatty, Filippino Lester Edoc became the first player to break the 1 million chip barrier.

Unfortunately for Edoc he did not have enough time to get giddy from his the heights of his towering chip castle as he has juust doubled up Jason Fan to drop back below the seven-figure mark.

Fan and Edoc got all the chips in pre-flop with Fan's A♦7♣ leading Edoc's K♣J♠ and staying in front when the board ran out [A♠7♦2♣6♠J♦.

Fan doubled to just over 400,000 while Edoc drops to about 900,000.
 


6:17pm: Stacks and Bust Outs
Level 20 - Blinds 8,000/16,000/2,000

There have been a slew of rapid bust outs and the field has fallen still further with just 16 players remaining in contention. We missed Kitty Kuo's exit hand but got the information from Kuo's executioner Celina Lin.

Kuo had dropped some chips to Feng Wen Chen earlier and folded out of a huge pot in a hand against Min Soon Lim when the Singaporean player moved all-in on the river.

Kuo was down to her last 100,000 which found it's way into the middle pre-flop with king-queen with Lin making the call with ace-king, which held to see Lin climb to 240,000 while Kuo headed for the rail.

Following Kuo to the rail in quick succession was China's Jingzhi Huang in 20th place, Xiaoxiong Feng in 19th place and Jingjun Xia in 18th place.

We arrived at the feature table just in time to see the UK's Kelvin Beattie collecting his pay slip and he was kind enough to tell us his tale of woe.

Pre-flop Lester Edoc had moved all-in from the button with ace-five offsuit and Beattie called of his last 90,000 with ten-nine suited.

Despite turning a flush and straight draw Beattie could not get there on the river and hit the rail in 17th place. Edoc is now clear chip leader with over 1 million in his stack.
 
5:55pm: Hing Yaung Chow Eliminated in 22nd, Fan Doubles Through Beattie
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000

We missed the elimination of Malaysia's Hing Yaung Chow while we were writing up Antonio Martin's exit hand but Chow's dreams of a Baby Dragon victory are now up in smoke and he departs in 22nd place.

Jason Fan on the other hand will be sticking around for a bit longer and has just doubled through the UK's Kelvin Beattie. 

It was Beattie who opened the action with a raise to 28,000, Fan moved all-in over the top for around 85,000 and after asking for a count Beattie made the call.

Kelvin Beattie: J♠J♥
Jason Fan: Q♠Q♣

Fan looked ecstatic to be in front and was cheered on by the watching rail as the board ran out K♠8♥2♠6♦3♣ to grant the Chinese player the double and he climbs to 200,000 while Beattie drops to 95,000.

5:45pm: Chen Eliminates Martins
Level 19 - Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000

Antonio Martins had been surfing his shortstack for a while before finding a great spot to get all the chips in pre-flop against Feng Wen Chen.

It was Chen who was the initial raiser, opening to 27,000 from the cut off and Martins moved all-in from the button for 60,000 in total. Chen did not look thrilled but felt compelled to call what was essentially slightly more than a min-raise.

Feng Wen Chen: 6♥8♥
Antonio Martins: A♥9♥

Martins looked to be in great shape for a double when the flop came down 4♥5♥K♠ but the 6♠ turn gave Chen the lead, which he did not relinquish when the river came down 5♦ to send Martins to the rail in 23rd place. Chen looks to have just over 600,000 now.

5:20pm: Edoc Crushes Two, Chun-Hung Chen Picks Off Lau Before Break
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000/1,000

There has been a sudden burst of action over on two of the three remaining tables. We missed all the action on Lestor Edoc's table but he was busy stacking up a castle of chips and is now sitting on over 600,000.

Edoc's tablemate Artem Lobus was kind enough to fill us in on the action and according to the Russian player Jing Sun and Hyoung Suob Shim moved in pre-flop with ace-jack and ace-queen respectively and Edoc made the call with pocket tens, which held to bust both Shim and Sun.

Alan Lau's Baby Dragon has come to an abrupt end after he clashed with Taiwan's Chun-Hung Chen in two back-to-back hands. In the first Lau had moved in from the button with pocket queens and Chen had looked him up with ace-seven offsuit and spiked his ace to leave Lau with 87,000.

Lau put the last of this in the very next hand with Q♠J♥ and Chen re-shoved to isolate from the button with 9♣9♦.

The 8♦K♣9♥ flop meant Lau was down to just four outs in the form of any of the deck's remaining tens but the 5♠ turn and J♣ river were of no help and Lau departed in 23rd place while Chen stacked up to 460,000.

The 23 remaining players are now on a 15-minute break.

5:10pm: Chen and Edoc Tied For Lead
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000/1,000

Several huge stacks are emerging as the field continues to shrink. Currently it appears that Taiwan's Feng Wen Chen and the Philippines Lester Edoc are both on 540,000 with the difference between the two too close to call.

Kitty Kuo looks to have the next largest stack and is sitting on roughly 350,000 or so. Other notable stacks include Min Soon Lim, (300,000), Alan Lau (250,000), Artem Lobus (250,000) and Celina Lin (210,000).

Jiang Doubles Through Martins
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000/1,000

A short-stacked Sosia Jiang moved in from early position for 108,000 and action folded around to Antonio Martins in the big blind. 

Martins looked interested and asked for a count before thinking it over for a good minute or two. Martins looked to be leaning more towards a call and eventually slid a tower of yellow 5k chips in to the middle and the cards were turned over.

Sosia Jiang: A♠A♦
Antonio Martins: 7♠7♣

Jiang was the at risk player but maintained her lead when the board ran out J♦3♦J♣9♥K♥, doubling up to 220,000 while Martins dropped to 70,000.

4:45pm: Lobus Doubles Through Chadi
Level 18 - Blinds 5,000/10,000/1,000

Russia's Artem Lobus marked the level increase with a double-up courtesy of tablemate Moustapha Chadi with both players getting all the chips in pre-flop after becoming involved in a raising war.

We are not sure who shoved first as the cards had already been turned over as we arrived but Chadi was on the button and Lobus was in the small blind.

Artem Lobus: A♥A♦
Moustapha Chadi: A♠8♥

Lobus found himself in great shape and doubled to over 220,000 when the board ran out T♠5♥9♥2♥5♣ while Chadi was left with just over 2 big blinds with a stack of 23,000.

4:35pm: Chen Joins the Party
Level 17 - Blinds 4,000/8,000/1,000
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Taiwan's Feng Wen Chen

The deep-stacked Feng Wen Chen has just been moved to Alan Lau, Kitty Kuo and Celina Lin's table meaning that between them the players have over 1.4 million in chips making this the table with the most potential for a huge pot.

We arrived just as one was developing between Kuo and Chen and caught the action on the T♣9♥5♠ flop on which Kuo had led out for 24,000 from early position.

Chen re-popped it to 62,000 from the cut off to send Kuo into the think tank but she eventually elected to make the call bringing the pot close to 180,000 or so - which is around the size of the current average stack.

Kuo checked the 4♣ turn over to Chen who shot the Taiwanese player a hawk-like stare before announcing all-in.  Kuo mucked pretty quickly leaving Chen to rake in a hefty pot without showdown. Chen climbs to roughly 360,000 and snags the chip lead while Kuo drops back down to second place with around 340,000.

4:25pm: Kuo Edges in Front
Level 17 - Blinds 4,000/8,000/1,000

Just four tables and 35 players remain in contention in the Baby Dragon with Pokerstars Team Pro Celina Lin and Taiwan's Kitty Kuo the only two Red Dragon Main Event Champions remaining in the field. 

What makes this all the more interesting is the fact that they are the only two players who currently stand a chance to become the first player to win both the Baby Dragon and the Red Dragon Main Event.

Kuo is certainly in a great position to do so and has been quietly chipping up while our attention was elsewhere. The Taiwanese player has not long moved to Lin's table and is now sitting on what looks to be 400,000 making her the current chip leader.

Lin is not too far behind with a stack of 230,000 or so and Alan Lau is also close to the same. Should the perfect storm erupt between these three players then someone will be sitting on a lot of chips.

4:10pm: Lau Busts Tsai
Level 17 - Blinds 4,000/8,000/1,000

Hong Kong's Alan Lau looked to be getting a little short with his stack approaching the 10 big blind mark but we arrived at his table just in time to see Lau involved in a hand with tablemate Chiying Tsai.

We caught the action on the river but all the chips went in pre-flop, Tsai's J♥J♦ racing against Lau's A♠K♣.

Stacks were being counted down with the community cards reading T♥2c]T♦A♣6♦ and Lau looked to have Tsai covered. Tsai was indeed covered and hit the rail while Lau climbs to 230,000 in chips.

While this is impressive it is not as much as current chip leader Celina Lin who is sitting on a 320,000 chip mountain.

Other notable stacks include Feng Wen Chen (290,000), Min Soon Lim (235,000), Kitty Kuo (220,000), Artem Lobus (180,000) and Antonio Martins (100,000) with 38 players remaining.

3:50pm: Lin Doubles Through Sun
Level 16 - Blinds 3,000/6,000/1,000

The cards are currently falling Celina Lin's way at present and the Pokerstars Team Pro has just doubled up for a third time.

We missed the pre-flop action but it appeared that Lin was the pre-flop raiser from middle position with Jianfeng Sun choosing to defend from the small blind. We caught the action with over 70,000 in the pot on a flop of 2♠4♦6♠ just as Sun announced he was all-in.

Lin called immediately and continuing yesterday's trend turned over A♠A♥ which was leading Sun's A♦4♦.

The 7♥ turn and K♥ river did not complete Sun's gutshot straight draw and the one-time chip leader took a huge hit, dropping down to around 45,000 - just under 8 big blinds. Lin's all-in was for 81,000 so she climbs to around 232,000.

3:30pm: Xing Flops the World
Level 16 - Blinds 3,000/6,000/1,000

While diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend China's Zhou Xing is also a big fan, especially after the following hand played out.

Pre-flop a short-stacked Chen Zhang moved all-in for his last 30,000 with J♠T♠ and was quickly called by Xing who held K♦Q♦.

Xing flopped huge when the dealer spread the 9♦J♦T♦ instantly hitting his straight flush. Despite flopping top two pair the unfortunate Zhang found himself drawing dead and hit the rail when the turn and river ran out a meaningless K♥ and 4♠. That timely catch shoots Xing up to 180,000 in chips.

3:20pm: Play Resumes
Level 16 - Blinds 3,000/6,000/1,000

Players are just racing off the pink 500-chips before getting back into the thick of the action. Stay tuned and we'll bring you more poker action as it happens.

3:10pm: Break

The 56 remaining players are now on a 15-minute break. Blinds will be 3,000/6,000/1000 when play resumes with the average stack coming in at 107,500.

2:50pm: Lin Doubles
Level 15 - Blinds 2,500/5,000/500
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Pokerstars Team Pro Celina Lin

Just 60 players remain in the Baby Dragon. One player who will be sticking around for a little longer is Pokerstars Team Pro Celina Lin who has just earned herself a double up courtesy of China's Zongxin Liu.

Pre-flop it was Jianfeng Sun who opened the action with a raise to 12,000 from middle position. Liu re-raised to 26,500 from late position and Lin, sitting to Liu's direct left, moved all-in for 39,000.

While Sun bowed out Liu made the call and it was off to the races with Lin's ace-king flipping against Liu's pocket eights.

Lin paired her king on the flop and rivered another for good measure to climb to 100,000 while Liu dropped to around 3,0000.

2:20pm: Carnage Continues Post Bubble
Level 14 - Blinds 2,000/4,000/500

As is often the case the has been a slew of rapid eliminations following the bursting of the bubble.

Norway's Mikal Blomlie has become one of the first paying casualties and while we missed the carnage Blomlie's tablemate Anson Wong was kind enough to fill us in on the details.

Following a 10,000 raise from the player in the cutoff Blomlie moved all-in from the button, big blind Moustapha Chadi moved all-in and the original raiser made the call.

Blomlie's pocket queens were leading pre-flop but the Q♠T♠9♠ flop put Chadi firmly in the driver's seat and gave Blomlie's other opponent middle set. There was no queen or pair up and Blomie hit the rail, the original raiser took a hit but still had around 80,000 to play with while Chadi climbs to just over 200,000.

Ironically while telling us the story of Blomlie's demise, Anson Wong took a big hit at the hands of Lawrence Neil. Wong moved all-in for 37,000 from under-the gun and Neil made the call from the big blind.

Anson Wong: 6♣6♥
Lawrence Neil: Q♥Q♦

Wong was in bad shape and received no help with the board ran out A♣2♣8♠5♥4♣ and was left with just a single big blind.

Wong was all in the next hand with 9♠2♥ versus the pocket eights of Weijun Lu and could not find the nine he needed to survive when the board ran out A♥3♣6♦Q♠7♥

2:15pm: Paik Departs Just Before Bubble Bursts
Level 14 - Blinds 2,000/4,000/500

There is not one bubble boy but three and the action happened so quickly there was not even time for hand for hand play.

We had just witnessed APPT Seoul Champion Albert Paik depart after moving all-in for 90,000 in total over the top of a Min Soon Lim 17,000 bet on a Q♥5♦3♦ flop. Lim called pretty quickly with K♦K♥ and Paik, holding 6♣4♣ missed his straight draw and was left crippled with less than a small blind and busted the next hand.

While this was going on three short stacks moved all-in on three separate tables and all busted at the same time to burst the bubble meaning all 72 remaining players are guaranteed a HK$15,100 pay day. 

2:05pm: Lau Busts Wong, Blomlie Busts Luyckx
Level 14 - Blinds 2,000/4,000/500

Just 76 players remain meaning we are just four bust outs away from the money spots. 

One of the latest casualties is Wai Kin Wong who - despite doubling up through Alan Lau a few hands earlier when his short-stacked shove with Q♠8♦ caught a queen on the river to best Lau's J♦9♦ flopped top pair of nines - busted to Lau a few hands later. Wong got all the chips in pre-flop from late position with K♠Q♠ and Lau made the call from the button with A♣K♦ which held to send Wong to the rail.

Bart Luyckx followed Wong to the rail shortly afterwards after calling a Mikal Blomlie button shove. Luyckx had just 2.5 big blinds in the small blind and was forced to call it off with jack-ten offsuit which couldn't best Blomlie's king-queen offsuit  when the Norwegian player spiked a queen on the flop.

1:35pm: Lobus Lets One Go, Luyckx Doubles, Ono Departs
Level 13 - Blinds 1,500/3,000/400

The cut and thrust of the tournament action continues and the pace remains high tempo with players butting heads and aggressively trying to hoover up all the chips they can get their hands on.

This is not working out all that well for Russia's Artem Lobus, who opened the action with a raise to 7,000 from the button, only to see Jun Zhang pump it up to 13,500 from the small blind.

Lobus thought it over for a minute before counting out the call taking play heads-up to a 2♠Q♥6♥ flop, which brought checks from both players.

The 4♦ did not look like it changed all that much but Zhang seemed happy enough and led out very quickly tossing in a handful of yellow 5,000-chips for a bet of 25,000. That's enough to get Lobus to bow out and he drops to around 40,000 while Zhang rises to 120,000.

Hong Kong's Bart Luyckx has been nursing his short stack for the majority of the level, open folding 7♦2♥ from the big blind to a Min Soon Lim early position raise.

"There has to be a better spot," said Luyckx as he folded to leave himself around 5,500 (just less than 2 big blinds).

Luyckx got his better spot a few hands later when he called all-in from the button over the top of a Kwok Chun Yip middle position shove.

Bark Luyckx: 5♥9♠
Kwok Chun Yip: A♣Q♠

While nine-high was behind live cards are everything when it comes to catching a break and the 2♥3♠5♠ flop was exactly the break Luyckx needed.

"Nice hand," said Yip as the turn and river ran out 5♠ and 3♥ respectively to double Luyckx up to 15,000, though the Hong Kong-based Belgium will need to repeat this feat several times should he wish to go the distance.

A player who was not so lucky was Japan's Tomomitsu Ono who got all the chips in on the flop with Q♠9♠ versus the A♣7♠ of tablemate Jingjun Xia with the board reading 4♥K♠T♠. Unfortunately for Ono the turn and river bricked out 3♦ and 5♦ to send the Japanese player to the rail while Xia stacked up to 88,000.

1:10pm: Early Double for Lin, Sun Flexes Big Stack
Level 13 - Blinds 1,500/3,000/400

While she may have begun the day as one of the shorter stacks, Pokerstars Team Pro Celina Lin has managed to secure herself an early double up courtesy of tablemate Menggeng Bo.

Bo opened the action with an early position raise to 7,000 and action folded around to Lin in the small blind who moved all-in for 26,700 in total and Bo called quickly.

Menggeng Bo: 7♦7♣
Celina Lin: A♣K♦

The race looked to be over as soon as the dealer spread the A♠9♦K♥ flop but Lin did not relax until the turn and river ran out 4♥ and 8♥ respectively before breathing a collective sigh of relief and raking in the 53,400 pot.

"I lost a huge hand just before the end of the day yesterday," Lin told us, "all-in with ace-king versus ace-queen and the river was a queen so this is the start I was after," asserted the Pokerstars Team Pro.

Chip leader Jianfeng Sun is wasting no time and has started Day 2 as he finished Day 1 -  by flexing his big stack. Action folded around to Wai Hong Choi in the small blind and he opened the action with a raise to 7,000.

Unfortunately for Choi the big blind was Sun who had the chips to spare and the Chinese player re-popped it to 19,000 in total. Choi mulled it over but decided discretion was the way to go and pitched his cards into the muck, leaving Sun to rake in 10,000 without showdown.


1:00pm: Cards In The Air Level 13 - Blinds 1,500/3,000/400 It's game time once again with the 101 remaining players thrust into the thick of the action once more.  


MPC26 Baby Dragon Day 2 Begins Shortly  

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Day 2 of the Baby Dragon begins shortly at 1pm local time (GMT+8). Just 101 of the 602-strong field remain in contention with China's Jianfeng Sun leading the charge with a commanding chip lead of 201,000. 

Sun's next closest rival is the Philippines' Lester Edoc with 155,400 with Fulong Chen (145,400), Shengjie Fan (121,900)and Alan King Lun Lau (114,800) rounding out the top five.

Other notables still in contention for the HK$915,068 first prize include Taiwan's Kitty Kuo (113,400), Norway's Mikal Blomlie (94,000), Korea's Dong Kim (88,000) and Team Pokerstars Pro Celina Lin (26,700).

Just 72 of the 101 remaining runners will make the hallowed money spots with a min-cash good for HK$15,100.

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