MPC25: High Roller coverage archive

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2:35am: Xuming Qi eliminated in 2nd place (HK$1,542,000)
Level 25: Blinds - 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante)

Xuming Qi has fallen one short of lifting the High Roller trophy after he lost the last of his chips to James Chen.

It came down to an action-packed turn when the board read 2♠3♠2♣9♠. Chen bet 550,000 before Qi played back at him for 1.5 million.

Before long the two had all 11 million chips in play in the middle and Qi was in trouble.

Chen: 8♠6♠
Qi: T♦9♦

Qi needed a nine or a deuce to keep the match going but the J♠ on the end meant the tournament was over.

Subsequently James Chen is our champion! Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog for a full recap of today's final table soon.

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Runner up - Xuming Qi

2:20am: Pocket rockets for Qi
Level 24: Blinds - 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Xuming Qi is fighting back after picking up pocket aces and doubling through James Chen.

Chen open-jammed the button with enough to cover Qi's 2.7 million who snapped it off with the best possible hand.

Chen: A♥T♠
Qi: A♠A♣

It was a cooler and Qi's aces held when the community cards fell 5♥J♠5♠9♦8♥ to bring things back to almost even.

2:05am: First blood to Chen
Level 24: Blinds - 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

James Chen has taken down the first big pot of this heads up match.

Chen raised the button preflop to 320,000 and Xuming Qi called from the big blind to see a flop of J♦2♦4♣. Qi checked before Chen continued for 300,000 and when he was the called the dealer turned the 6♠.

The action went check check and the 6♥ river paired the board.

Qi led out for 400,000 but Chen came back over the top for a total of 1.9 million. After about a minute in the tank Qi called it off to see Chen had made runner runner trips with T♠6♦.

Qi flashed the J♥ as the dealer cut his stack down to match Chen's bet.

With that hand Chen extends his lead to 8.6 million while Qi drops to 2.4 million.

1:50am: No deal after extended talks; Heads up begins
Level 24: Blinds - 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

Our heads up players had a lengthy discussion about a deal but in the end no resolution could be made. With that we are back underway. Here's how they stack up;

James Chen - 6,140,000
Xuming Qi - 4,760,000

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1:20am: Andrew Graham eliminated in 3rd place (HK$974,000)
Level 24: Blinds - 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante)

USA's Andrew Graham has fallen in third place. He'd found himself short stacked right before the break and got the last of his chips in preflop on one of the first hands back against James Chen.

Graham: 5♣4♣
Chen: A♦8♦

Graham was behind and couldn't overcome the odds on a runout of Q♠9♠7♥J♣3♣.

He takes home HK$974,000 in prize money and takes us down to heads up play.

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1:10am: Time for a break

Our final three have stepped away for a 10-minute break.

1:05am: Chen doubles through Graham
Level 23: Blinds - 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

After Xuming Qi limped on the button and Andrew Graham limped the small blind, James Chen moved all in for 1.83 million from the big blind. Qi got out of the way but Graham called it off and the cards went on their backs.

Chen: T♥T♦
Graham: Q♣T♠

Chen was in front and stayed that way on the A♥A♠4♦8♦4♥ run out.

He doubles up while Graham falls to 1.4 million in chips.

1am: Lucky double for Graham
Level 23: Blinds - 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

Andrew Graham attempted to move all in for the big blind but when he didn't move all his chips in at once, the ruling was that he officially raised 1.635 million - which was for most of his stack. James Chen moved all in from the big blind and Graham called off for the small remainder before the cards went on their backs.

Graham: 8♠6♠
Chen: A♠5♥

Graham was behind but had live cards and he took the lead on the 3♥8♣3♠ flop. Chen paired the 5♦ turn but it wasn't enough as the J♣ arrived on the end.

After Graham's double up Chen drops to right around 2 million in chips.

12:45am: Qi doubles through Chen
Level 23: Blinds - 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

James Chen limped his small blind and called when Xuming Qi moved all in for 2.2 million. They were off to the races with Chen holding A♥9♦ and Qi the 2♠2♥.

Qi shot to the lead after flopping a set on the 2♦Q♠K♣ before the 6♠ turn meant he'd locked up the pot. The 3♠ river a mere formality and Chen was chopped down to 3.075 million.

12:35am: Nan Hong eliminated in 4th place (HK$751,000)
Level 23: Blinds - 60,000/120,000 (10,000 ante)

Nan Hong was our 4th place finisher after his river bluff-raise was picked off by James Chen.

The board read 7♦A♥5♣6♥5♠ and after Chen made a bet, Hong pushed all in over the top with a busted straight draw holding T♣8♣. Chen called it off with A♣9♥ which was way the best of it to take us down to three handed play.

12:25am: Jordan Kaplan eliminated in 5th place (HK$548,000)
Level 22: Blinds - 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

It folded around to Jordan Kaplan in the small blind and he moved all in for just shy of 1.1 million. His railbirds cheered and after around 30 seconds deliberation Xuming Qi called it off from the big blind.

"I haven't looked" Kaplan confessed, before turning over T♣3♠.

He was behind the Q♣J♥ of Qi but his cards were live. The K♥2♠9♣ was a bad one for Kaplan with his outs to a ten now dead - they would complete a gut shot straight for Qi.

Kaplan's supporters rallied for a three but the deck wouldn't oblige with the 6♣ turn and J♦ locking up the pot for Qi and sending Kaplan home in 5th place.

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Jordan Kaplan

12:15am: Chip count updates
Level 22: Blinds - 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

The action is still five-handed here. This is how the remaining players stack up;

Andrew Graham - 4,100,000
James Chen - 2,600,000
Nan Hong - 1,900,000
Jordan Kaplan - 1,300,000
Xuming Qi - 550,000

12:05am: Kaplan doubles through Qi
Level 22: Blinds - 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Shortstack Jordan Kaplan just found a little breathing room after scoring a double up through Xuming Qi.

Kaplan got his six big blinds in preflop with K♠K♣ against Qi's Q♠Q♣ before the J♥A♣K♦ flop saw him hit a set but brought a potential Broadway sweat.

"Jack of clubs let's go!" cried Jack Salter on the rail.

The 3♥ turn and the 9♦ river were safe for Kaplan and he doubled up to stay in the hunt.

11:50pm: Shengyu Li eliminated in 6th place (HK$467,000)
Level 22: Blinds - 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Players are flying out the door now with the fourth final table elimination in 45 minutes.

The latest to hit the rail was Shengyu Li who ultimately lost a coinflip to Andrew Graham to find the exit.

Li opened to 220,000 from under the gun before Graham moved all in from the small blind with enough to cover Li's 1.35 million in total. Li called it off with A♠K♥ but was unable to overcome Graham's T♠T♥.

Li headed to the payout desk to collect HK$467,000.

11:35pm: Takashi Ogura eliminated in 7th place (HK$386,000)
Level 21: Blinds - 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Japan's Takashi Ogura was our 7th place finisher. He got his chips in preflop against Andrew Graham.

Ogura: T♣9♠
Graham: Q♦J♦

Ogura was behind and the 6♦Q♠A♠ was a bad start to keeping his tournament alive. Needing running cards Ogura couldn't do it as the 3♦ turn and 9♥ signalled the end of his tournament run.

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Takashi Ogura

11:25pm: Aaron Lim eliminated in 8th place (HK$345,000)
Level 21: Blinds - 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Australia's Aaron Lim was the next to fall.

Not long after Ko hit the rail, Lim got the last of his chips all in preflop with A♣9♦ against James Chen's 8♠8♣.

Another coinflip to decide a player's fate as the cards fell 3♥Q♠K♦Q♣4♠ to see Chen's pocket eights hold and Lim eliminated.

11:15pm: Yuki Ko eliminated in 9th place (HK$304,120)
Level 21: Blinds - 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Korea's Yuki Ko is our first final table casualty here.

Ko got his last 385,000 in preflop with Q♠Q♣ against Shengyu Li's A♠K♦. They were flipping but Li took the lead on the K♣9♦2♦ flop. The T♦ turn brought an additional diamond draw for Li and while the J♦ river improved Ko to a straight, it also gave Li a flush to send Ko home.

Ko collects HK$304,120 for his efforts here today.

10:25pm: Final table set, dinner break begins

Players redrew for final table seats before leaving on a 45-minute dinner break.

Here's where they're positioned and how much they have to play with;













Last NameFirst NameSeatCountryChip Count
QiXuming1China480,000
OguraTakashi2Japan870,000
LimAaron3Australia895,000
GrahamAndrew Jeremiah4USA1,775,000
KoYuki5Korea405,000
ChenJames En Ning6Taiwan2,400,000
LiShengyu7China1,085,000
HongNan8China1,960,000
KaplanJordan9USA1,050,000

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10:20pm: Tokuho Yoshinaga eliminated in 10th place (HK$264,000)
Level 21: Blinds - 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Not long after the bubble burst it was Tokuho Yoshinaga's turn to exit.

He got all in preflop with 4♣4♥ against the 9♠9♥ of Andrew Graham.

The 6♠5♦9♣ saw Graham hit a set and left Yoshinaga with only running straight cards to come from behind and keep his tournament alive. The Q♣ turn, however, signalled the end for Yoshinaga and he headed to the payout desk.

10:10pm: Double bubble as Tong Zhou and Canlin Chen depart simultaneously
Level 20: Blinds - 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

We're down to just 10 players now after Tong Zhou and Canlin Chen were both eliminated at the same time on separate tables.

Chen moved all in from the small blind with 8♠8♣ only to run into Hong Nan's A♠A♥ in the big blind. Despite picking up a flush draw on the turn the Q♣2♣7♠5♣5♠ failed to save Tong and his tournament was over.

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Canlin Chen (pictured left) awaits his fate

Tong got his money in good against James Chen and while Tong looked good to stay alive with the superior hand and only one card to come, a nasty river on the 8♥7♥8♠4♠T♠ saw Chen spike a ten to knock Tong out.

As the two were sent home in the same hand they will split the 11th place prize money of HK$264,000.

9:55pm: Another bubble double
Level 20: Blinds - 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

We're still on the bubble here after James Chen was all in and at risk against Tokuho Yoshinaga but secured the pot to stay alive.

Yoshinaga raised to 120,000 preflop and Chen defended his big blind to see a flop of 4♦3♦. After a check from Chen Yoshinaga continued for 90,000. The bet was met with a raise to 255,000 from Chen and when Yoshinaga moved all in, Chen called off for his tournament life.

Yoshinga: K♥K♣
Chen: 4♦3♦

It was an overpair versus a huge draw and Chen made a wheel on the A♣ turn to lock up the pot. The 4♣ was merely a formality as Chen chipped up to 1.7 million and Yoshinaga fell to 600,000.

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James Chen

9:40pm: Canlin Chen lucky to avoid bubbling
Level 20: Blinds - 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Canlin Chen just narrowly avoided bubbling after getting all in preflop with the worst hand against Takashi Ogura.

Ogura raised to 140,000 from the cutoff and when it got to Chen in the big blind, he moved all in for around 600,000. Ogura snapped it off and they flipped up their hands.

Chen: A♦8♦
Ogura: Q♥Q♦

Chen needed an ace or some diamonds to stay in the hunt, and while he missed the K♣K♥7♥ flop, the A♣ turn card saw him take the lead. He dodged the two-outer on the T♦ river and will live to play another hand.

Ogura drops to 1.1 million.

9:20pm: Chen doubles through Graham
Level 19: Blinds - 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

MPC23 High Roller champion James Chen is well on his way to another title here after doubling up through start-of-day chip leader Andrew Graham.

Graham raised to 80,000 before Chen moved all in for a total of 550,000. Graham snapped it off with A♣K♦ and saw he was flipping against Chen's 5♠5♣.

The T♦7♣J♠ flop brought some additional danger for Chen with Graham picking up a gut shot Broadway draw but the 6♣ turn and 2♥ river meant Chen would double up.

Graham now sits with 480,000 in play.


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8:35pm: Scheduled break

The final 15 players are now on a 10-minute break.

8:25pm: Sam Cheong chopped down
Level 18: Blinds - 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Sam Cheong has left us just a few places short of a payday after getting all in against Jordan Kaplan.

We arrived at the table to see the board reading 5♠9♣8♣ and Cheong with all his chips in the middle. He had an open ended straight draw and two overs holding J♠T♠ and Kaplan held A♣5♥ for bottom pair.

Cheong jumped into the lead when the T♥ landed on the turn but the 5♣ river saw Kaplan trip up to send Cheong packing.

"Oh my God" Cheong sighed at the sight of the river card.

Cheong makes an exit and Kaplan builds to around 900,000 in chips.

8:05pm: Lin straight to the lead
Level 18: Blinds - 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Aaron Lim won the APPT Seoul High Roller earlier this year and he's in a good spot to have a run at another title after seizing the chip lead here.

It was just Lim and MPC23 High Roller champion James Chen active in the hand with the board reading T♠7♠9♥3♥. Chen checked first to act before Lim bet 170,000. Moving all in to cover Lim's 574,000 effective stack, Chen saw he was already drawing dead when Lim snapped him off with the nuts.

Lim: J♥8♥
Chen: Q♣T♦

Chen had top pair but no river card could see him win the hand. He fell to 460,000 while Lim stacked up over 1.5 million for the chip lead.

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Aaron Lim

7:45pm: Qi doubles through Lai
Level 17: Blinds - 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Xuming Qi is still alive after getting all in and holding against tablemate Ben Lai.

Qi pushed his last 266,000 in preflop and Lai called from the big blind to put him at risk. With 7♠7♣ Qi was in good shape versus Lai's 6♠6♦ and he faded danger on the 4♥9♣K♠Q♠A♠ runout.

With that hand Qi doubled up and Lai was left nursing a stack of 215,000.

7:25pm: Yaxi Zhu eliminated
Level 17: Blinds - 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu has just fallen by the wayside. She failed to win a flip after calling off for her tournament life.

Jordan Kaplan moved all in from under the gun preflop for 123,500 and Zhu called with less on the button. Kaplan flipped up 9♣9♦ and was flipping against Zhu's A♣Q♣.

"Good luck" Kaplan said before the dealer spread the community cards 7♠4♥8♣2♥7♣.

Kaplan's pair held and Zhu hit the rail.

7:05pm: Final two table draw
Level 16: Blinds - 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

We're down to 18 players now which means those lucky players have found themselves on the final two tables.

Here's where everyone is sitting and how they stack up;

Table 15

Seat 1: Jordan Kaplan - 340,000
Seat 2: Ben Lai - 290,000
Seat 3: Takashi Ogura - 460,000
Seat 4: Shengyu Li - 650,000
Seat 5: Sam Cheong - 370,000
Seat 6: Xuming Qi - 320,000
Seat 7: Yaxi Zhu - 440,000
Seat 8: Nan Hong - 1,040,000
Seat 9: Hua Yang - 330,000

Table 16

Seat 1: Alex Ward - 750,000
Seat 2: Yuki Ko - 1,400,000
Seat 3: Andrew Graham - 260,000
Seat 4: Aaron Lim - 940,000
Seat 5:Tom Alner - 110,000
Seat 6: James Chen - 1,030,000
Seat 7: Canlin Chen - 730,000
Seat 8: Tokuho Yoshinaga - 480,000
Seat 9: Zhou Tong - 405,000

6:50pm: Graham takes a big hit
Level 16: Blinds - 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Start-of-day chip leader Andrew Graham is no longer the frontrunner after losing a huge pot to Yuki Ko.

We arrived at the table to see the board spread 8♥6♠7♠4♣7♦ and while Graham had A♥K♠ in front of him, Ko had the best of it with J♠J♦.

The dealer cut down Ko's 695,000 in chips and Graham was forced to match it in one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far.

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Yuki Ko

6:35pm: Wang walks away
Level 16: Blinds - 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Zhong Wang was the most recent evictee after getting his last 200,000 all in preflop against Nan Hong.

Hong had the dominant A♠Q♠ to Wang's A♦T♥ and Wang failed to improve as the board came down K♥6♠4♥3♠J♠.

With that pot Wang leaves us and Hong climbs to 1.2 million.

6:15pm: Scheduled break

Players have stepped away for a 10-minute break.

6pm: Chen chipping up
Level 15: Blinds - 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

James Chen is continuing to build after raking in a three-way pot.

Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu brought it in for a raise to 32,000 preflop and both Chen in the small blind and the big blind made the call.

The flop came down a monochrome K♠2♠5♠ and the action was checked around.

Chen led out for 42,000 when the 6♦ landed on the turn and that was enough to win the pot. He moves up to 820,000.

5:40pm: Ward lucky to live versus Lew
Level 15: Blinds - 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Alex Ward just narrowly escaped elimination after he got it in dominated against Team PokerStars Pro Randy Lew.

It folded around to the small blind at Ward jammed for 257,000. Lew took about 30 seconds to commit the chips and the cards went on their backs.

Ward: K♦7♦
Lew: A♥7♣

Ward was in trouble but the 6♠6♥K♥ saw him spike the king and jump into the lead. He held it as the 2♣ turn and 9♣ rolled off and scored a double up.

Lew meanwhile now sits with 260,000 in play.

5:25pm: Andrew Graham maintains lead
Level 14: Blinds - 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

Andrew Graham started the day as overwhelming chip leader and he continues to display his dominance, now stacking around 1.4 million. He holds the lead despite just doubling up Shengyu Li.

Graham opened and then called off after Li three-bet jammed for 219,000.

It was a coinflip with Graham holding 6♠6♥ versus Li's A♦8♠ but Li took hold on the 3♣9♠8♦ flop. Graham picked up a straight draw on the 7♥ turn but the 9♥ paired the board and guaranteed Li the double up.

"I run so bad" Graham said with a laugh as the pot was pushed to his opponent.

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Andrew Graham

5:05pm: Jin jettisoned
Level 14: Blinds - 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

Xin Jin is the latest casualty from this High Roller event. He found pocket aces but couldn't hold against the pocket tens of Zhong Wang.

We arrived at the table to see the cards spread T♦2♣6♠7♦5♦ and Jin up from his seat. He headed for the exit as Wang hand flopped a set of tens.

Jin headed for the exit as Wang grew to 415,000 in chips.

4:50pm: Ward makes a set
Level 13: Blinds - 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Alex Ward has doubled up after making a big hand and getting a light call from Shungyu Li. The latter raised preflop before Ward bumped it up to 60,000 from the small blind. Li made the call and the flop landed 2♠6♠J♦.

The action went check check and the 3♥ fell on the turn. Ward led for 45,000 and Li called to see the T♠ river.

Ward jammed on the end for 156,000 and was called off by Li holding only 4♠4♦. With T♦T♦ for a rivered set Ward had way the best of it and moved up to 410,000 in chips.

4:35pm: Hong doubles through Li
Level 13: Blinds - 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Team PokerStars Pro Randy Lew opened to 22,000 and after a call from Shengyu Li, Nan Hong moved all in for 111,000.

Lew quickly folded but Li called to put Hong at risk.

Hong: A♣K♥
Li: A♥Q♣

Hong had the best of it and held through the 2♠6♠J♦3♥T♠. He stacked up his newly acquired chips while Li fell to 420,000.

4:25pm: Salter sent packing
Level 13: Blinds - 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

It appears Jack Salter won't be making back-to-back final tables after his 3rd place finish in the Red Dragon last night.

He fired his second bullet and looked like he was running it up before being eliminated just before the first break.


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4:10pm: Scheduled break

Players have just commenced their first break of the day. Coverage will resume in 10 minutes.

4pm: Salter takes out Tu
Level 12: Blinds - 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Jack Salter appears to be continuing his run good this week after eliminating tablemate Nan Tu.

Tu was short stacked and moved all in for his last 42,000 from the hijack seat. Salter put in an isolation raise from the button and with the rest of the table out of the way they flipped over their hands.

Tu: A♣4♣
Salter: T♥T♣

Tu was chasing an ace and he found one on the A♦7♣J♠ flop. He faded danger on the 6♥ turn and looked set for a double up.

"Aaand..." Salter said like he knew it was coming right before the dealer revealed the T♠ river.

The set meant Tu's top pair was no longer good and he exited the tournament area.

"I'm a river specialist" Salter continued as he stacked up a new total of 435,000.

3:40: Steicke says goodbye
Level 12: Blinds - 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

David Steicke was down to around just one big blind when he flicked it in without looking from under the gun. It folded around to Nien Chi Chen who called from the small blind and Aaron Lim checked his option in the big blind.

The 7♥8♦2♣ flop prompted a check from Chen before Lim bet 8,000. Chen called and the dealer turned the 4♥.

After another check from Chen, Lim made it 16,000. Chen folded and Lim tabled 8♠4♣ for a turned two pair.

"That's good, at least I'm not dead" Steicke said flipping over the A♦6♦.

He had a draw to a gut shot straight but the J♠ river bricked off to end Steicke's tournament run.

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David Steicke

3:20pm: Payout information
Level 11: Blinds - 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

Now that the tournament is locked out we can tell you that 11 places pay dividends with the eventual champion taking home HK$1,420,200.

Here's how each payout looks;


1st - $2,273,000
2nd - $1,542,200
3rd - $974,000
4th - $751,000
5th - $548,000
6th - $467,000
7th - $386,000
8th - $345,000
9th - $304,120
10th - $264,000
11th - $264,000

All payouts in HK$

3:05pm: Chang He squeezes
Level 11: Blinds - 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

After a raise to 13,500 and a call by Xiang Zhu, Change He put in a sizable three-bet to 65,000. That was enough to lose both active players and take down the pot.

He adds that to his stack and moves up to 210,000.

2:50pm: Sunny Jung eliminated
Level 11: Blinds - 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

Sunny Jung has left us in the second level of the day.

He three-bet jammed for around 66,000 from the cutoff before being called by Shengyu Li. The latter called it off to put Jung at risk and the cards went on their backs.

Jung: A♦3♦
Li: 2♣2♦

They were flipping and although Jung picked up a straight draw on the 6♣5♠4♣ he couldn't complete it as the Q♣ turn and T♠ river completed the board.

Jung departs and Li climbs to 510,000.

2:35pm: New arrivals
Level 10: Blinds - 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Only 50 players returned today but others have already made use of open registration for the first level.

Among those late entrants is Jack Salter who finished third in the Red Dragon event last night. He'll be chasing back-to-back final tables here today.

Also jumping in today is Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu. She was eliminated yesterday but back to use her one re-entry and take another shot.

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Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu

2:20pm: Wu chips up from Chen
Level 10: Blinds - 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

MPC23 High Roller champion James Chen started second in chips today but he just lost that spot after Raymond Wu took some chips from him.

The board read 3♠2♥4♦3♣ and Wu led out for 14,000 from the big blind. Chen was in the under the gun seat and he made the call to see the 9♠ river.

Wu then reached deep and bombed it for 53,000.

"I feel like you have it" Chen said as he studied Wu.

That didn't stop him from paying it off, however, as Chen called to see Wu's 6♣5♠ for a flopped straight.

With that pot Wu moves up to 170,000 and Chen drops to 290,000.

2:05pm: Cards in the air!

The action is now underway in this MPC25 High Roller. Stay tuned!


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Day 2 of the MPC25 High Roller set to start

Welcome back to PokerStars LIVE Macau where we will be picking up coverage of the MPC25 High Roller.

Things kicked off yesterday as the Red Dragon was powering towards its exciting conclusion, and now our focus will be on this HK$80,000 High Roller event.

Day 1 saw 86 unique entrants and with eight of those opting to utilize the one re-entry the total is up to 94 so far. Registration is still available today for the first level of play so that number is expected to grow.

We were left with an even 50 when players bagged up their chips last night. Andrew Graham is way out in front with 761,500 in chips - close to double his closest rival James Chen on 414,000.

The action begins at 2pm and we will be playing down to a champion tonight. Keep your browser locked on the PokerStars Blog for all the High Roller updates from right here in Macau.

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