At a little after 11pm local time, Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin was crowned champion of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Main Event in what is a historic win! Featuring a buy-in of HK$ 11,000 and a guaranteed prizepool of HK$ 3 million, Lin overcame a field of 391 players to take home $854,000 for first place and of course that much coveted Red Dragon trophy.
This is Lin's second Red Dragon victory, both in Macau. The Team PokerStars Pro from China became the first woman to win one of this event back in July 2009. And now she is the just the first player of either gender to win a second title.
"I always wanted to be the first female champion, but I thought it was impossible to win it twice," she said.
There was a sizeable Indian contingent too which headed to the Red Dragon in hopes of emulating the recent successes of Sangeeth 'Samoh' Mohan who finished 10th in the November 2011's APPT Macau Main Event. Mohan along with some of the regulars from the Indian circuit like Jasven Saigal, Akash Malik and Abhishek Goindi made it to Day 2. In fact Goindi had a pretty successful Day 1a finishing as the second chipleader and he would be the only one from the lot who would run deep, eventually busting in 22nd place for a payday of just under HK$ 27,000.
Back to the final table though and it was Celina Lin's countryman Qi Ming Fan who seemed absolutely invincible eliminating seven of the nine finalists with the final table tournament clocking in at just about 2 hours. And that the fastest phase of the final table because when it went into the headsup matchup between these, it would last a marathon six hours! It was quite the yo-yo affair with Lin entering headups holding a 1:4 disadvantage against Fan. She fought back to get even, went onto gain the lead and then lost most of it in a huge pot which had her back down at 1:4. At one point in headsup, Lin was one card away from elimination before she managed to catch a 3-outer to stay alive.
Eventually though, as it usually does, it came down to one hand and this is how it went:-
As ever, it was a limped pot pre-flop and the two of them went to a flop. There was no action there either, but the turn suddenly opened the floodgates. Ming Fan checked, Lin bet 200,000 and Fan moved all in. Lin called!
The stacks were almost equal - so close in fact that we weren't sure who had whom covered - but before that was decided, the hands were flipped over.
Lin had and was ahead of Fan's , but he had plenty of outs to both the flush and the straight.
After a long pause, the dealer finally burned and turned the . The rail erupted and the tournament officials announced: "Celina has him covered", her ever supportive rail probably took off the roof with their cheers.
|Position||Name||Country||Prize (in HK$)|
|2||Qi Ming Fan||China||$589,100|
|3||Chul Woo Park||Korea||$351,200|
|4||Chang Rak Choi||Korea||$278,300|
|6||Daniel Sing||New Zealand||$180,400|
The 29 year old pro is a very popular player in these parts and it showed from the number of people who were railing her from the start of the final table.
PokerNews India extends its congratulations to Celina Lin on her historic win and we expect to see her at another final very soon.
Content courtesy: Howard Swains, PokerStars Blog
Image courtesy: Kenneth Lim Photography for PokerStars