MPC27: Thomas Ward bags Day 2 lead in Red Dragon

This morning we told you that Day 2s in live tournaments are called 'Moving Days'. It's a fitting name; throughout the seven 60-minute levels we played today, we moved 329 of the 410 players who returned out of the poker room, to leave just 81 survivors for tomorrow's Day 3.

There's a lot of talent left in this field, but when the clock was paused and the chip bags were brought out it was 2015 ACOP runner-up Thomas Ward who led the way.

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Great end for Ward

The New Zealander didn't have a smooth ride to the top though. Ward's battles against Jun Zhou, and his needling war against Steve Yea, became the driving force of much of our coverage. A huge double up at the end of the night (see 9:40pm) catapulted him up the counts, and from there he increased to end with 1,246,000. He's the only player over one million.

The next closest player at the top of the chip counts is Seung Yong Yi with 694,000. We've also got plenty of familiar faces still out in the field, including the man Ward engaged in a needling war with all day: Steve Yea, with 310,000.

Also returning will be Justin Chan (364,000), Iori Yogo (399,000), and the PokerStars Blog's new favourite player (scroll down to 8:50pm and 4:50pm to find out why) Hungli Ding, with 466,000.

It was a fast and furious day as expected - once the bubble burst at least. Things always slow down during hand for hand, but after a long wait we found our bubble boy. Not only that, we found possibly the best bubble photo of all time courtesy of our photographer Long Guan.

Marvel in its beauty:


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Xia (white t shirt) bubbles

The hand itself was pretty sick. Jingjun Xia was all in with the Q♥Q♦ against the K♦J♠, and a disgusting K♥K♣K♠ flop left him drawing dead on the flop. Ouch.

Throughout the day we also lost Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin, reigning Red Dragon champion Alan Lau, and Kitty Kuo. Scroll down through all our live updates below to check the action.

You'll find all the chip counts and the Day 3 seat draw here as soon as we can get them to you.

Everyone remaining is now guaranteed at least HK$40,850, but they've all got their hearts set on the massive HK$3,472,000 first-place prize. Make sure you join us tomorrow at 3pm local time as we play down to a final table.

Until then, 晚安 (goodnight!) --JS

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10:50pm: The end is near

There are only two hands left here on Day 2. It looks like Thomas Ward is the runaway chip leader at this stage. We'll have everything you need to know in the end of day recap as soon as all the numbers are finalized.

10:35pm: McAllister moves in
Level 19 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Brian McAllister is now nursing a super short stack after running into a big hand.

McAllister had around twelve big blinds in front of him and he pushed them into the middle. A player behind called off for less with 92,000 and with the rest of the table out of the way the hands were revealed.

McAllister: A♠5♠
Opponent: Q♥Q♦

McAllister was behind and while he picked up a little help on the 8♣6♣5♣ it proved to not be enough as the 4♠ turn and 6♦ river rolled off to see the pocket queens hold.

After that beat, McAllister is left with just 38,000 in chips.

10:20pm: Four-way all in goes to Luo
Level 19 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

What a hand for Qi Luo. He's just about tripled up.

The hand started with an under-the-gun shove, then a re-shove two positions down, then a call on the button, before Luo looked down at the best starting hand there is: the A♥A♣. "All in!" he said happily, as the blinds got out of the way.

Luo's aces were up against the 7♠7♦ of the UTG shover, the Q♥Q♣ of the re-shover, and the 5♦5♠ of the button. The flop fell 2♥9♥J♥ giving Luo the nut flush draw to go with the rockets, and he called out for a heart to hit the turn and seal the deal.

A heart did fall, but it was also the 7♥ giving an opponent a set and therefore a draw to a full house. In the end the river came the Q♦, giving yet another set, but not stopping Luo's flush from being the winner.

The button survives but the other two were felted, and Luo now sits with 550,000. --JS

10:10pm: Xue gets there
Level 19 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Great start to the level for Haifeng Xue, albeit a lucky one.

He was all in with the K♥T♦ and was called by a player with Q♠Q♣, and the dealer spread a T♣4♥K♣ flop, followed by a 6♦ and 6♥.

"YESSSSS!" yelled Xue, as he increases to 250,000. --JS

10pm: 60 minutes and counting
Level 19 - Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Level 19 will be our last of the night. Just one hour to go until the bags come out. --JS

9:45pm: Last break

The remaining 105 players have gone on a 15-minute break. When they return we'll play one more level. --JS

9:40pm: More needling from Yea and Ward
Level 18 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Arriving at the river of an 8♦2♠5♣9♠5♥ board, Ankush Prasad checked to Thomas Ward who put out a bet that looked to be around 80-90,000. Prasad then jammed on Ward, who fell back in his chair in disgust. Despite hating that raise, after a few seconds Ward made the call.

Prasad didn't really want to show but turned over the A♣2♥ for a pair of deuces, and Ward revealed the A♥5♠ for trips.

"OH MY GOSH, THOMAS!" Steve Yea called out, needling Ward for playing ace-five.

"I had the best hand the whole time!" replied Ward.

"I love you Thomas," said Yea. "But you are a luckbox! This luckbox finds a f**king five on the river!"

The banter was all in good fun, and this tournament is certainly a lot more fun for Ward now who has 580,000. --JS

9:30pm: Yea on the up
Level 18 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Steve Yea now has some breathing room after a lucky break saw him double up to right around 245,000.

He and Thomas Ward had been slinging friendly needles back and forth for a while and based on their post-hand banter it seemed as if all the money went in preflop.

Yea had A♣9♣ face up in front of him and by the river that was the best of it against the cutoff's dominating A♥K♥. The board was spread 4♣5♠4♦9♥3♠ with Yea spiking a nine on the turn to stay alive.

"Come on, man!" Yea shouted after the runout, pointing to the 9♥ that had saved his tournament.

"What a (luck) box," said Ward. "I was hoping for a king."

"Don't be a liar Thomas, you love me," Yea quipped back.

9:15pm: Updated chip counts
Level 18 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Here's how some of our remaining notables stack up.

Nan Tu - 365,000
Iori Yogo - 355,000
Thomas Ward - 225,000
Raghav Bansal - 200,000
Justin Chan - 190,000
Yuki Ko - 170,000
Bobby Zhang - 155,000
Steve Yea - 140,000
Raiden Kan - 77,000

9pm: Ward vs Zhao
Level 18 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Thomas Ward and Jun Zhou just went heads up in a pot for the third time recently, and it's just Zhou's day as he's got the best of him again.

It folded to Zhou in the cutoff and he opened to 20,000 which Ward called on the button. The two saw a 2♦6♥T♦ flop and Zhou checked it, letting Ward in for a 28,000 bet. Zhou then raised it to 75,000, and that got a fold.

As it stands Ward has 225,000 and Zhou has 260,000. --JS

8:50pm: Ding update I
Level 18 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

As we've mentioned a few times already, Hungli Ding is a very entertaining player to watch. He doesn't seem to care that his opponents can see him celebrating during hands when they still have decisions to make.

Because of this, we're going to follow Ding's progress a bit closer moving forward. In his latest hand, he was in the big blind and got shoved on by the small. Ding stood up, contemplating his decision, but there'd be no clapping or cheering this time. He laid it down.

And it was a good job he did; his opponent showed him pocket eights, and we all know they're the Macau nuts. --JS

8:40pm: Let the bust-outs begin
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

As expected after any long bubble, we've had a flurry of eliminations since. Check in with our prizes page for all the names as soon as we get them. We're now down to 147 players.

While player after player was making their exit, one who got lucky to survive is Korea's Sanghyun Kim, who is playing at our new favourite player Hongli Ding's table. Raghav Bansal had opened leading to a 35,000 shove from Kim which Bansal snap-called with the Q♥Q♠. Kim was in tough shape with the A♣9♠.

But the 9♣K♣6♦ gave him some hope, and the A♦ turn put him into the lead. Bansal would need a queen on the river, but the 4♠ changed nothing and Kim doubled.

Bansal still has 100,000 after that loss. --JS

8:25pm: Jingjun Xia bubbles Red Dragon
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

There were a bunch of super short stacks as everyone was trying to nit their way to a payday but ultimately it was Jingjun Xia who claimed the unfortunate title of Bubble Boy.

The story goes that after an unusually large open to 30,000, Xia moved in for his total of 80,000 from the big blind. The initial raiser called and both players revealed their hands.

Xia: Q♥Q♦
Opponent: K♦J♠

Players from neighbouring tables huddled around to sweat the action and they erupted at the sight of the K♠K♥K♣ flop. Xia may have had the best of it preflop but he was already drawing dead to four of a kind on the flop.

The 6♦ turn and 7♣ river cards made things official and with that Xia was eliminated and we were down to 162 players. They've all guaranteed themselves HK$30,650.

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Jingjun Xia (white shirt) sees that fateful flop

7:50pm: Bursting time
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

OK, we're back from break and just two away from the bubble bursting. Apologies for the lack of updates for a while as we make sure we catch it!

In the meantime, a funny hand broke out right before the break involving the excitable Hongli Ding. After a 12,500 open , Ding flatted and another played called to see a T♥6♦A♥ flop. A player led for 16,500, only for Ding to raise it up to 41,000. After a long tank that player then re-raised to 110,000, the other guy folded, and Ding announced all in very quickly.

He then repeated his behaviour from our earlier post (4:50pm), by standing up mid-hand and clapping and cheering like he'd already won the pot. His opponent still had a decision to make, but Ding didn't care!

Eventually that guy folded and Ding showed why he was so happy - he had the 6♠6♣ for a set. However, while we love Ding's excitement, you can't help but think he might have more chips if he just played it cool! --JS

7:25pm: Take a break

It's time for a scheduled break. Play resumes in 15 minutes.

7:10pm: The Long game
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

We recently reported that Raiden Kan had gotten the best of Zhiyong Long but now it seems the tables have turned.

We only caught the tail end of the hand where Kan was cutting down 108,000 to pay off Long who seemingly ended up with the best of it.

The community cards read Q♠3♦4♥5♠T♠ and Kan had A♥J♠ face up in front of him, no good against the 9♥9♦ of Long.

Following the hand Kan was left with just 65,500 while Long now has 195,000 at his disposal.

6:50pm: Zhao gets the best of Ward (twice)
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

It's been a frustrating couple of hands for New Zealand's Thomas Ward, all courtesy of Jun Zhou.

Firstly, Zhou opened to 12,500 in the cutoff and Ward three-bet to 40,000 from the small blind. Zhou gave Ward a stare down and eventually called to see a K♣Q♠7♣ flop. Ward continued for 48,000, and again got a stare-down-call from Zhou.

The dealer burned and turned the 9♥ turn and now Ward slowed down and checked. Zhou shoved all in, and Ward started hunting for a read. He flashed an ace, and was given a warning. "Can I not show my hand?" he said, as the floor ruled he couldn't.

After a long tank in which the clock was called, Ward let his hand go, folding the A♣K♠ face up. Zhou delivered some bad news, showing him the A♥6♣ for a bluff.

The very next hand the two went to battle again. Picking up the action on a 2♣8♣K♠ flop, there was around 60,000 in the middle already. Zhou checked and ward bet 28,500 which got a call.

The turn came the T♣ and Zhou checked again. Ward made it 50,000 this time, and Zhou didn't take too long to call.

Finally the J♥ hit the river, and after being checked to Ward sighed and tapped the table with some force to check. Zhou showed the K♥J♦ for top pair, and Ward tossed his cards into the air to muck.

He's down to 95,000 now putting him in the dangerzone, while Zhou climbs to 460,000. --JS


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Emergency Ward

6:35pm: Kan commits
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

Raiden Kan has received a nice boost to his stack after a postflop check-raise saw him all in for his tournament life.

The flop read K♣J♦7♣ and Kan checked it over to the only other active player, Zhiyong Long, who fired for 24,000. Kan took his time before finally announcing he was all in and dropping a handful of chips into the pot.

Long spent two minutes in the tank contemplating the 81,000-chip bet but in the end he simply couldn't make the call. He relinquished his hand and the pot was pushed to Kan who now sits with 170,000.

6:25pm: Bubble incoming
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

We're getting closer and closer to the bubble now (196 remain, 162 get paid), which means play has started tightening up somewhat. It'll all be worth it when the "You're all in the money!" cheers come in though.

6:20pm: Huge pot goes to Ban
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

This pot was not only big in terms of its size; it was big in terms of the amount of individual chips in it.

It started with an 8,500 under-the-gun open from Low Loong Ban which folded to Kwok Chun Lai on the button. He flatted, and the two went heads-up to a 2♠4♣T♣ flop. Ban opted not to c-bet, checking it over to Lai who led for 13,000. Ban had a plan though, and raised it to 35,000. Call.

The turn came the 9♦ and now Ban took over the betting lead. He led out for 60,000, and after some deliberation Lai made the call. He didn't use his 5,000 chips though; instead he slid in stack after stack of 500 chips with a 1,000 stack too, meaning there was a whole heap of chips now in the middle.

The river was the 6♠, and after ten seconds Ban moved all in for 100,000. Lai had around 80,000 behind, but laid it down after a minute or so.

That brings Ban up to more than 300,000. --JS

6:15pm: Yuan'na go?
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Yuan Li has continued to be active this level. First, Mun Jihye min-opened to 8,000, only for Li to instantly three-bet her to 22,500. Jihye had a tricky stack-size; 85,000 for 20 big blinds. Too much to jam but not enough to flat?

Either way you look at it, she chose to lay it down. Two hands later and Li was back at work, opening a pot to 9,000. It folded to the big blind who flatted to see an 8♥6♥3♣ flop. Both checked to the 7♠ turn, and Li laid his hand down to a 10,000 bet. --JS

6:05pm: Yuan Li scoops a pot
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

2016 ACOP Super High Roller champion Yuan Li is chipping up in this Red Dragon after winning a pot that went three-way to the flop with Baby Dragon runner-up Xiangling He and Justin Chan.

Li opened to 8,500 preflop both He and Chan called from the button and bid blind respectively. That took them to a flop of Q♥6♦Q♣. Three checks followed and the dealer burned and turned the 6♥.

Chan led out for 15,000, Li called and He folded before the J♦ completed the board. Chan looked like he was contemplating a bet but he ultimately checked it, and Li did the same behind. Chan's 9♥2♥ for a busted flush draw was no good as Li tabled T♠T♥ for the best of it.

That sees Li climb to 80,000 as Chan is set back to 130,000.

5:50pm: Status Kuo
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

We went to check in on Kitty Kuo's chip situation after she lost most of her stack earlier on. The seat she was occupying now houses someone else, so all signs point to Kuo having been eliminated. --JS

5:40pm: Yogo loses one
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Iori Yogo has taken a small hit to his stack after a light preflop raise saw him pot committed to call off a short stack.

Yogo made it 11,000 to go from under the gun and it folded around to the button who shoved all in for 36,500. With action back on Yogo he tossed in the remainder and the cards went on their backs.

Yogo: J♦9♦
Button: K♥K♣

Yogo did find top pair on the 6♥9♥2♦ flop but the 4♠ turn and A♣ river meant the pocket kings would hold. After losing that pot Yogo drops down to 140,000.

5:25pm: Back to work
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Play has resumed here in the Red Dragon, and if the first two were anything to go by we're in for two more action-packed levels. --JS

5:10pm: Break time

We're down to 261 after two levels. Join us back here after a 15-minute break. --JS

5:10pm: No says Yea
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

So earlier on (3:50pm) I wrote up a hand between Juicy Li and Steve Yea in which Li doubled up (she's now been eliminated, as you can see below).

In that hand I described how Yea didn't call immediately with his ace-jack, and that to me it seemed a little slow-roll-y. Yea wanted to put the record straight.

"I never slow roll there, man!" He just told PokerStars Blog, having read the post. "I just looked at one card at a time, but called straight away. I didn't slow roll."

Message heard loud and clear. In live reporting, you can only write what you see. It's just that sometimes looks can be deceiving. --JS

5pm: Juicy hits the rail
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Juicy Li is out of the tournament after running into a tablemate's pocket kings and failing to overcome the odds.

Li moved all in preflop from under the gun for approximately 27,500 and it folded around to the big blind who snapped it off with a monster.

Li: A♦J♠
Big blind: K♠K♣

Li was chasing an ace but the T♥4♥4♠5♠7♣ runout refused to save her and she left the tournament floor.

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Juicy Li

4:50pm: Crazy double KO sees Burns bust
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Englishman Simon Burns has been relegated to the rail after a very peculiar turn of events.

We arrived at the table with the cards in the middle spread 4♥3♥6♦T♦ and three players active. Burns had moved all in from the big blind for 32,500 into an already bloated pot.

The player in early position tanked for quite some time before Burns called the clock, and 15 seconds later the former committed the chips. It was then on Hongli Ding in the cutoff and he also called to put Burns at risk.

Ding and the other active player were both still deep so what happened next was a little unorthodox to say the least. The Q♦ river rolled off and Ding jumped from his seat screaming "Yes!" and fist pumping. His tablemates looked taken aback, and the man in early position checked it over to Ding who immediately moved all in.

Despite the display of strength, Ding was still called by J♠J♣ which was no good.

"Nuts!" announced Ding tabling A♦5♦ for the rivered flush.

Burns had 8♥5♥ for the busted combo draw and Ding simultaneously sent two players packing. That huge pot sees Ding rocket up the counts as he stacks up a mountain of chips worth 240,000.

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Happy days for Ding

4:40pm: No gin card for Jin
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Jinwu Liu was in the tank when I arrived, facing an all in from Jiashi Jin. The board showed the 8♠9♣7♥, Jin had checked, Liu had bet 22,000, and Jin shoved for 60,000.

Eventually Liu made the call, and you could see Jin's hopes and dreams crushed as he sunk his head into his arms at the bad news. He turned over the Q♠J♠, and it turned out Liu had made a great call with the A♦K♦ for just ace high.

The turn came the 4♠, giving Jin a flush draw. He shouted out something that sounded just like "Queen now!", but was probably Chinese for something along the lines of "Give me a spade!"

Alas for Jin, he couldn't improve on the 9♥ river and he was outta here. Liu is up to 160,000 now. --JS

4:20pm: Not much left in the Kitty
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Liping Pan shoved for his last 33,600 and it folded to Kitty Kuo in the big blind. She got a count, and decided to make the call with the K♣9♣, flipping against Pan's 2♥2♦.

Pan pointed to his ducks and called out, presumably for a deuce on the flop. He didn't catch one, but the J♥J♦4♦ flop did keep him in front, which he was very happy about. The J♠ turn gave him a full house, but Kuo could still win with any king, nine, jack, or four.

Instead it came the 5♠, much to Pan's delight. He doubled up, while Kuo is left with just under 10,000 for three big blinds. --JS


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Kuo's low

4:10pm: Raises all around
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

If you're still in the Main Event and you're opening up a pot, don't expect to simply get a call or two and see a flop. Opens aren't getting much respect here; you're almost guaranteed to get three-bet.

Every table I walked past seemed to go open, three-bet, tank. Over on Table 29, Yang Zhongwei opened to 5,300 in early position and was three-bet to 13,500 by Darwin Lai on the button. It didn't stop there though; Long Meng then four-bet jammed out of the small blind for 160,000!

Zhongwei was in the tank for quite a while, but opted to lay it down. Over to Lai, it looked like a tough decision, and even though he folded he really didn't seem to want to. Still, he left himself with 48,000.

Over on Table 24 it was a similar story, although the mood was a bit friendlier. Tsun Wong opened to 5,300 when it folded to him, before Fan Ye three-bet big to 33,000 to Wong's immediate left. It folded back to Wong, and he let it go.

Ye showed the A♠K♠ which brought a tap on the table. "I fold ace-jack," revealed Wong. "Ace-jack with the ace club." --JS

4pm: No contest for Yogo
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Japan's Iori Yogo is stacking chips after some successful preflop aggression.

Mingzhen Chen first raised to 6,600 before Yogo played back at him with a three-bet to 17,000. Chen had just 28,000 behind so he had a pivotal decision on his hands.

After two minutes in the tank Chen decided against it and tossed his hand into the muck. With that pot Yogo propels himself to right around the 100,000-chip mark.

3:55pm: Peng doubles through Obara
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Picking up the action on a 2♣9♥4♣ flop, Day 1A big stack Jun Obara checked to Gao Peng, and he moved all in for 36,600 with a decent pot already in the middle. Obara was in the tank but eventually hero-called with just A♥J♠.

That was no good against Peng's Q♥9♣ for top pair, which held up after the turn and river. Peng is up to around 90,000, while Obara has 130,000. --JS

3:50pm: Juicy karma
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Action folded to the small blind of Juicy Li, and with just 16,000 in front of her she stuck it all in with a smile and a laugh.

Steve Yea was in the big blind, and he smiled and laughed too. He looked at his hand, but didn't call immediately. He had a think and eventually called.

Li turned over the Q♣2♠, but it was Yea's hand that was most surprising. He had the A♣J♥, which you'd think would have been a snap-call with a big stack. Either way, the J♦2♣4♠ flop paired both but kept Yea in front.

The turn came the 5♦ changing nothing. But the river was the 2♥ giving Li trips and the double up. Perhaps a bit of slow-roll karma coming Juicy's way. --JS

3:45pm: No back-to-back wins for Lin
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin, who took down the Ladies' Event here yesterday, has just been eliminated. GG Celina. --JS

3:40pm: Double KO
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

What a brilliant start to Ying Kit Chan's Day 2. He already came into the day with a big stack (155K), but now he's eliminated two players to increase those towers significantly.

He made it 5,000 to go from middle position, which got a call from Yingpeng Jiang in the hijack. Chia Hui Huang then moved all in on the button for her last 8,200, and this brought about some confusion. Did Chan have to simply call, or could he raise?

The dealer explained the 'under raise' rule to Chan, and because Huang's shove was more than the amount Chan had originally raised, he now had the option to raise again. He exercised that right and re-popped it to 14,200 total. Jiang, with his jacket zipped right up and just his face peeking out the hood, eventually made the call.

Once the dealer had separated the main and side pots, he laid down a J♣9♥8♥ flop. Chan put in a 9,000 c-bet, and after some thinking time Jiang made a triangle shape with his hands, indicating an all in.

This was news to Chan's ears, as he snap-called and turned over the K♣K♠. Jiang revealed the A♦J♦, while Huang held the 7♠7♣. The 6♥ turn and 4♣ river kept the kings in front, and Chan eliminated two players in one hand.

After that, he's up to 220,000. --JS

3:30pm: Chen falls to reigning champ
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Feng Wen Chen had an impressive run back in February to overcome Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin and claim the Baby Dragon title. Chen won't be unifying the dragon trophies this week, however, as he was just felted at the hands of reigning Red Dragon champion Alan Lau.

The story goes that Chen's A♦K♣ was no good on a board of 7♠Q♠K♠8♣T♦, while he had top pair top kicker, Lau held A♠J♠ for the flopped nut flush.

Chen's day was quickly cut short and with that hand Lau built to 130,000 in chips.

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Lau lifting early

3:20pm: Strong start from Teng
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Yongjie Wang made it 5,500 to go under the gun, and it folded around to the button of Heng Kuang Teng. He made the call, and that encouraged the big blind Xin Liu to come along too.

Three ways to the flop, it came 2♥9♣8♦ and Wang continued for 7,000 when it checked it to him. This got Teng's interest, who leant out and asked Wang to lift his arm up for a better look at his stack. Teng then popped it up to 21,000, which got a quick fold from Liu.

Wang stared at the board perplexed, occasionally tilting his head to glance over at Teng. Whatever he saw he didn't like, as he gave it up. Ship one of the first hands of the day to Teng. --JS

3:15pm: Li leaves us almost immediately
Level 13: 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

Unfortunately for Yan Li she couldn't survive the first orbit of the day. It was Marquez Pagsuyuin who felted her, and he got things rolling with a raise to 6,000 preflop.

Li moved all in over the top with pocket sixes and when it folded back to around to Pagsuyuin he snapped it off with pocket jacks. Things only got worse for Li as a jack fell on the flop, and while she made a set of her own with the fall of the river card, it was too little too late to save her tournament life.

Pagsuyuin doles out that elimination and moves up to 145,000 in chips.

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Yan Li slides her stack in the middle

3:05pm: Play commences
Level 13: 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

Red Dragon Day 2 begins!

3pm: Almost go-time

Players are flooding in and finding their seats, as Day 2 action kicks off in five minutes. --JS

2:30pm: Let's get moving

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Day 2 in tournaments is often called 'moving day', as the field whittles down and the big stacks emerge en route to the money. Today we'll see 410 survivors from Day 1A, 1B and 1C merge for the first time, all looking to become the next Red Dragon champion.

There's a hefty prize for whoever does achieve it. The winner will receive a massive HK$$3,472,000, while a min-cash is worth HK$$30,650. The top 162 will get paid, so will we see the money bubble burst today? Stick around to find out.

The plan is to play seven levels, all of which have increased from 40 minutes on the Day 1s to 60 minutes for Day 2 and 3. We'll be bringing you live updates until the chips are bagged and tagged, with the action kicking off soon at 3pm local time.

In the meantime, you can view the Day 2 seat draw and all the prizes, or go back and catch up on the Day 1 action here. --JS

Red Dragon Day 1C reports by Brad Kain and Jack Stanton. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography courtesy of PokerStars LIVE Macau.

Live reporting team
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau