3.50am: Chips in Bags, Tight Race to the Finish
The chips are all bagged up and the surviving players are making their way out of the PokerStars Macau poker room. Approximately 94 players have survived the night and it has been a real scramble to try and find the chip leader. There are several players tipping just over 100,000 in chips, but it is looking very likely that Hong Zhu is going to be the Day 1b chip leader. Stay tuned for a full wrap of the day’s play, along with an end-of-day chip count list and a Day 2 seating draw.
3.40am: Stop That Clock, Deal Four More
The clock has been stopped and the call to deal just four more hands has been made. Stay tuned to see how the dying moments pan out!
3.30am: Only One Team Pro Remains
The day started with three Team PokerStars Pros at the felt, but it looks like its going to end with just one. On our most recent journey to the tournament area, we heard a ruckus over on Bryan Huang’s table. The ruckus was caused by Huang being all-in holding A♣K♦ against an opponent’s K♠K♥. The 4♦4♠9♣9♠8♥ brought Huang no help and with that he was sent home. With Celina Lin and Huang no longer in this tournament, Day 1a survivor Raymond Wu and Vivian Im here on Day 1b are the last remaining Team Pros waving the PokerStars flag.
3.15am: Final Level of the Night Begins
Just one more level and therefore 40 minutes of play remain here on Day 1b of the MPC: Red Dragon Main Event!
3.10am: Level Up, Blinds 600-1,200, Ante 200
3.00am: Wang Walking Home
Ted Wang has a myriad of results at PokerStars Macau, but wont be adding to his resume here in the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon. Wang recently found the rail when he was all-in holding 6♦6♣ against two opponents, one of which held 7♣7♦. The all-in in question was on a Q♥A♦7♥ flop and the one remaining opponent held 10♥8♥ for a flush draw. Wang was certainly struggling, and when a 9♠ hit the turn and a 7♠ completed the board on the river, one player had made quads and Wang was walking out of the tournament area.
2.50am: Ohyama Gains Some Momentum
Akira “Clutch Hero” Ohyama has been nursing a short stack for much of the last couple of levels, but has since managed a double up to sit with a much healthier stack and a much better chance of surviving the night. We caught the tail end of the hand that doubled up Ohyama, with his Ace-Ten looking good on the felt as he stacked up the double up at showdown on a 4♠A♣2♦K♦10♠ board.
2.35am: The Big Stacks
Walking around the room trying to find the chip leader at the moment is a tough task. Unlike last night when Vyacheslav Kuzmin stormed away with a monster six-figure chip stack, tonight is a bit slower. If we had to give the “unofficial” chip lead to one player in particular, we would say that Wenlong Jin has the most chips. Sitting behind a stack of around 80,000 in chips, Jin is looking good to be among the leader at the end of the night. Jin has plenty of success here in Macau, but his best result was actually at the World Series of Poker in 2010 when he finished 5th in a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event. Make sure to stay tuned to see if Jin ends up as the chip leader, or if another player steals that crown.
2.30am: Level Up, Blinds 600-1,200, Ante 200
The players are back from their break and ready to play the final two levels of the night. Time to separate the thrivers from the survivors and the survivors from the.. well, those who can’t hold onto their tournament lives!
2.20am: Final Break of the Night
Approximately 135 players have been sent on their final 10-minute break of the night!
2.05am: How Go Those Team Pros
Team PokerStars Pros Vivian Im and Bryan Huang certainly know what it take to go deep in events such as the MPC: Red Dragon. Back in 2011, Im finished 2nd in the Red Dragon Main Event, claiming HK$760,000. Im is still alive in tonight’s Day 1b flight, but is currently sitting on a stack of just under 15,000. Huang on the other hand, who was the Asia Player of the Year in 2010, is doing slightly better than Im. Let’s see if both of these prominent players can make it through the night.
1.50am: Johnny Chan No More?
Walking around the tournament area and we realised we hadn’t seen Johnny Chan for quite a while. We looked and looked and looked, and still we could not find him. We don’t usually like to prematurely bust-out a player, but we are confident that Chan is no longer in the tournament! Better luck next time to “The Master”.
1.40am: Level Up, Blinds 500-1,000, Ante 100