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Level 13: 30,000/60,000 blinds, 5,000 ante
4:05 p.m.: The final four players are on a 10-minute break. We’ve lost six players during the first two hours of play.
4:00 p.m.: We lost one more player before break.
Kenneth Leong raised to 120,000 from the cutoff and Ping Cheong Fung called from the big blind.
The was a J♣6♥5♠ flop and a lot of action.
Fung checked and Leong bet 150,000. Fung thought for a bit and then raised to 450,000. Action went back on Leong and moved all-in.
Leong had Fung covered and the at-risk player reluctantly called after about a minute.
Leong turned over A♠J♦ for top pair while Fung showed 7♠5♦ for bottom pair.
A 9♣ and a Q♣ completed the board and the tournament went down its final four players.
5th – Ping Cheong Fung (Hong Kong) – HKD $135,000
3:45 p.m.: After accumulating nearly half the chips in play, Hao Chen finally lost a hand.
Sheng Chang bet 500,000 from the big blind on a 5♦8♥7♦ flop. Chen was on the cutoff and moved all-in.
Chen had Chang covered by millions and Chang thought for a bit before calling.
Chang had an overpair and was looking to dodge sevens, sixes and nines. A K♥ came on the turn and then a 2♥ gave Chang the double up.
Chen dipped to 6.7 million while Chang went up to 3.5 million.
3:35 p.m.: Chul Woo Jung found himself all-in just moments after eliminating Lester Pinto.
Hao Chen raised to 130,000 from middle position and Jung called from the small blind. The flop came Q♥4♦9♥ and Jung checked.
Chen bet 240,000 and Jung moved all-in. Chen quickly called and showed K♠Q♦ to Jung’s 10♣8♣.
A K♣ gave Chen two pairs and a 6♣ on the river sent Jung to the rail. Chen on the other took a massive lead with about 7.8 million.
6th – Chul Woo Jung (Korea) HKD $105,000
Level 12: 25,000/50,000 blinds, 5,000 ante
3:25 p.m.: A battle of the blinds resulted in another player down.
Lester Pinto moved all-in for about 550,000 from the small blind and Chul Woo Jung called from the big blind. Jung had Pinto covered by about 200,000 and turned over A♥7♠ while Pinto tabled 9♠8♦.
The flop came 9♣A♠5♣ to give both players a pair and then a 5♠ came on the turn. An 8♠ completed the board and Pinto’s final table was over.
Pinto was out in 7th while Jung was up to 1.2 million.
7th – Lester Pinto (Singapore) HKD $85,000
3:15 p.m.: Another player down.
Chia Tsui moved all-in from early position and action folded to Thomas Tsang on the button. Tsang called, the blinds folded and we had another showdown.
Tsui showed J♠J♣ and was flipping against Tsang’s A♦K♦.
The board ran 8♣3♠Q♣3♦10♣ and the dealer counted out Tsui’s stack: 760,000. It was close and Tsui had Tsang covered by just a few chips.
Tsui nearly doubled up to about 1.5 million while Tsang was out in 8th.
8th – Thomas Tsang (Hong Kong) HKD $70,000
3:00 p.m.: Here are the chip counts at level 12:
Thomas Tsang – 750,000
Sheng Chang – 2,200,000
Kenneth Leong – 2,500,000
Hao Chen – 5,400,000
Chia Wei Tsui – 675,000
Ping Cheong Fung – 2,400,000
Lester Pingo – 1,000,000
Chul Jung Woo – 600,000
Level 11: 20,000/40,000 blinds, 5,000 ante
Hongbing Li was the next to fall.
Li moved all-in from middle position and Ping Cheong Fung dealt the damage again. Fung called quickly from the big blind and turned over A♥A♣ to Li’s A♦Q♣.
The board ran 10♠3♣8♥8♦4♦ and we lost another player. Li was out in 9th while Fung crossed 2 million.
9th – Hongbing Li (China) – HKD $56,000
2:25p.m.: Players came back ready for action.
There were two uncalled all-ins during the two few hands of play but the third all-in produced our first elimination.
Ping Cheong Fung raised to 100,000 and Lester Pinto called from his left. Then the short-stacked Miklos Viczena moved all-in again, this time for 475,000. Fung called, Pinto folded and we had our first showdown of the final table.
Viczena showed A♣K♠ while Fung tabled 10♥10♦. Viczena found himself on the wrong side of the flip when the board ran 4♥7♦9♦6♦J♦.
Viczena became our first final table elimination while Fung’s stack grew to 1.3 million
10th – Miklos Viczena (Hungary) – HKD $43,760