We finally made it!
After a week of exciting poker action here at PokerStars LIVE Macau the Red Dragon final table is here at last.
When things kicked off at 3pm we had 55 players and weren’t sure how long the day would last. Approximately eight hours later and that Day 3 field has been whittled down to a lucky nine.
Leading our final nine is none other than China’s Liang Xu. He had a steady climb throughout proceedings and received a nice boost to his stack when he won a flip holding pocket eights against Kelly Liu’s ace-queen to send her home only a couple players short of an appearance tomorrow.
Perhaps the story of the tournament, however, is that of ‘Baby’ Tom Alner. The only player outside of Asia to ever win the Red Dragon, Alner has again made the final table of this prestigious event. He returns tomorrow as one of our short stacks but that hasn’t dampened his spirits.
“It’s awesome. I’m so hyped to get through such a huge field” Alner said about his chance at a two-time victory.
Tu held A♣5♣ and needed help against Ogura’s A♦Q♣. He would never find it as the board ran out 6♠8♠K♠2♦8♣ to see the players and railbirds in the tournament erupt in cheer and play come to a close for Day 3.
MPC24 Red Dragon Final Table Draw
Seat 1 – Takashi Ogura (Japan) – 2,710,000
Seat 2 – Liang Xu (China) – 3,375,000
Seat 3 – Fan Xie (China) – 1,110,000
Seat 4 – Ying Lin Chua (Malaysia) – 2,665,000
Seat 5 – Chengbei Lei (China) 1,700,000
Seat 6 – Yang Zhang (China) – 1,375,000
Seat 7 – Tom Alner (United Kingdom) – 1,030,000
Seat 8 – Yongqiang Huang (China) – 520,000
Seat 9 – Wayne Zhang (China) – 1,610,000
So that’s a wrap until tomorrow. Play will recommence at 3pm local time and won’t conclude until we have our champion. We hope you can join us for the exciting conclusion of this MPC24 Red Dragon!