Level 12: 25,000/50,000 blinds, 5,000 ante
8:41 p.m.: Players are on their third break of the day and the tournament lost another player.
14th – Alexandre Chieng (China) – HKD $33,000
8:40 p.m.: Lester Pinto moved all-in for 885,000 from middle position and Ruan Zhaojun called from the button. Rundulf Gonzales considered calling all-in from the small blind for a few minutes but eventually folded.
Pinto was flipping for his tournament life and then doubled up when the board came J♣5♥7♥5♣7♠.
Pinto doubled up to about 1.85 million while Zhaojun was down to around 100,000. A few minutes later, Pinto finished Zhaojun off.
Zhaojun made his final move with A♦9♠ and Pinto called with Q♠7♣. Pinto hit a Q♥ on the flop and Zhaojun was out in 15th.
15th – Ruan Zhaojun (China) – HKD $33,000
8:35 p.m.: Kenneth Leong knocked out the man who held the chip lead for days.
Tai Tan and Leong got all their chips in preflop and Leong had Tan’s K♦10♣ dominated with A♣K♠.
The board ran 6♣2♣K♣8♥J♦ and Tan was eliminated in 16th place.
16th – Tai Tan (Singapore) – HKD $27,000
8:30 p.m.: Bobo Daoxing Cheng moved all-in from the button for 255,000 and Thomas Tsang called from the big blind.
Cheng showed 9♠3♠ and was behind Tsang’s K♥Q♦. Cheng was in the lead when the board read A♣7♠A♥3♥, but then a 7♣ fell on the river to counterfeit his chances of Macau Millions glory.
17th – Bobo Daoxing Cheng (China) – HKD $27,000
8:25 p.m.: There were three quick bustouts when we reached the final 20.
20th – Taiming Ou (China) – HKD $27,000
19th – Xiaoyun Zhou (China) – HKD $27,000
18th – Hsien Ching Feng (Taiwan) – HKD $27,000
8:20 p.m.: Just one casualty in level 11:
21st – Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (Korea) – HKD $22,000
Level 11: 20,000/40,000 blinds, 5,000 ante
8:15 p.m.: Table draw:
Seat 1: Hongbing Li
Seat 2: Xiaoyun Zhou
Seat 3: Ping Cheong Fung
Seat 4: Hao Chen
Seat 5: Kenneth Leong
Seat 6: Chul Woo Jung
Seat 7: Tai Zheng Tan
Seat 8: Miklos Viczena
Seat 9: Chia Wei Tsui
Seat 10: Alexandre Chieng
Seat 1: Jun Yang Ong
Seat 2: Zhaojun Ruan
Seat 3: Rundulf Martin Gonzales
Seat 4: Hsien Ching Feng
Seat 5: Orjan Skommo
Seat 6: Sheng Chang
Seat 7: Taiming Ou
Seat 8: Bobo Daoxing Chen
Seat 9: Lester Ian Pinto
Seat 10: Thomas Tung Wing Tsang
A lot of the chip clout is on table one. Both Chia Wei Tsui and Kenneth Leong lead the field with about 1.9 million apiece.
8:05 p.m.: Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im hit the rail in 21st and the play went down to the final two tables.
7:55 p.m.: Only 21 players remain and we’re almost down to the final two tables. The following players won’t make it there though:
28th – Yuting Li (China) – HKD $18,000
27th – Gaofeng Zhu (China) – HKD $18,000
26th – Hao Tian (China) – HKD $18,000
25th – Hai Huang (China) – HKD $22,000
24th – Xiaojie Liu (China) – HKD $22,000
23rd – Per Emil Mattsson (Sweden) – HKD $22,000
22nd – Jagdish Vaswani (Canada) – HKD $22,000
Level 10: 15,000/30,000 blinds, 5,000 ante
7:45 p.m.:A short-stacked Lester Ian Pinto moved all-in from middle position and an even shorter Per Emil Mattsson called all-in from the cutoff. The rest of the table folded and we had a showedown.
The 6♣2♦2♥10♥A♦ board brought destruction on the river for Mattson and he was eliminated in 23rd place.
7:35 p.m.: Ping Cheong Fung opened to 75,000 from under-the-gun and Chia Wei Tsui three-bet to 235,000 from the cutoff. Xioyun Zhou was on the big blind and re-raised to 435,000.
Fung folded and Tsui called, bringing a 6♦A♦5♥ flop. Zhou checked and Tsui moved all-in for 415,000.
Zhou tanked and the reluctantly folded.
Zhou is down to about 700,000 while Tsui rose to 1.4 million.
7:25 p.m.: It’s a tight race for the lead.
1. Kenneth Leong – 1.5 million
2. Rundulf Martin – 1.4 million
3. Ruan Zhaojun – 1.2 million
25 players remain.
7:20 p.m.:Another level, another round of eliminations. Here are some players whose stacks never saw 15,000/30,000 blinds.
36th – Tin Wai Huen (Hong Kong) – HKD $15,500
35th – Kian Seen Lim (Singapore) – HKD $15,500
34th – Hongjun Cui (China) – HKD $15,500
33rd – Kevin Petersen (Thailand) – HKD $15,500
32nd – Li-ta Hsu (Taiwan) – HKD $15,500
31st – Seungworl No (Korea) – HKD $15,500
30th – Christopher Chun Kit Cheung (Hong Kong) – HKD $18,000
29th – Riha Jan (Czech Republic) – HKD $18,000
Level 9: 12,000/24,000 blinds, 4,000 ante
7:05 p.m.: Kenneth Leong took the chip lead. Leong was at about 1.1 million, then won a large pot with trip 10s and chipped up to 1.4 million.
7:00 p.m.: Riha Jan got crippled. Jan was on the button and got it all-in against Jun Yan Ong in the small blind.
Jan had Ong’s A♠3♠ dominated with A♣J♥, but then the monotone Q♠J♠4♠ flop left Jan drawing dead.
Ong doubled up to about 650,000 while Jan was left with just 60,000. Jan held on for a little longer but was eliminated in 29th place.
6:50 p.m.: Team PokerStars Vivian Im lost a chunk of her stack. Im raised to 50,000 from early position and got called by Li-Ta Hsu in the small blind and Hao Chen in the big.
The flop came 5♦K♥9♠ and action checked to Im. Im led out for 58,000, Hsu folded and Chen raised to 140,000.
Im thought for about a minute and then called, bringing a 3♣ on the turn. Chen took the initiative and bet 180,000.
Im folded and was left with 330,000 while Chen rose to 840,000. The average stack is 500,000.
6:40 p.m.: The remaining 36 players are back from break.
The following players went on a permanent break in level 8:
41st – Chong Wei Lew (Singapore) – HKD $14,000
40th – Haifeng Xue (Hong Kong) – HKD $15,500
39th – Eben Blignaut Lottering (South Africa) – HKD $15,500
38th – Xixiang Luo (China) – HKD $15,500
37th – John Tech (Philippines)- HKD $15,500