The 2012 Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event kicked off Wednesday at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. Eighty-nine players ponied up the HKD$20,000 entry fee on the first of two Day 1 flights, and after six levels only 40 managed to advance to Day 2.
Among the notables taking part in the event on Day 1a were 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Johnny Chan and David Steicke, who won a preliminary event at the Macau Poker Cup Championship earlier this week. Steicke's shot at another title ended when we was all in with top pair against the flush draw and two over cards of Hoi Ting "Edmund" Lee. The river brought Lee his flush and sent Steicke packing. Chan was also eliminated on Day 1.
Lee ended the day as the leader with 119,175 in chips. Aimin Zhang was the only other player to hit the six-figure mark on Day 1a (101,500). Others taking nice stacks into Day 2 include Lei Zhang (76,350), Sparrow Cheung (73,925) and the 2011 Asia Player of the Year Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin (60,500).
Here's a look at the leaders after Day 1a:
|1||Hoi Ting "Edmund" Lee||119,175|
|4||Lei Zhang Zhang||76,350|
|9||Marius Le Roux||68,675|
Day 1b of the 2012 PokerStars Macau Poker Cup Championship saw 181 players hit the felts at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex, bringing the total number of entrants for the event to 270. The HKD $20,000 buy-in tournament — which had 89 players in the first of two Day 1 flights — has a prize pool of more than $4,800,000 for the top 31 players.
"I'm very pleased with the final number." said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars' director of live operations for the Asia-Pacific. "The MPCC crosses over the same schedule as WCOOP which has more players than any other poker series in the world. Seeing some people playing both at the same time says a lot about the importance of MPCC in Asia."
China's Yanqin Huang ended Day 1b with 112,925 chips, edging out Germany's Sebastian Benz (112,625) for the chip lead. They'll be chasing Day 1a chip leader Edmund Lee and his 119,175 chips when play resumes on Friday. Here's a look at the top 10 overall stacks heading into Day 2:
Day 2 of the HKD$20,000 buy-in Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event saw 123 players hit the felts at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex on Friday. After eight levels of play, only 45 survived with the money bubble looming on Day 3.
Aussie Ryan Hong emerged as the commanding chip leader when Day 2 came to a close. Hong finished with 430,300 chips, more than 160,000 chips above his closest competitor, Rui Chen (264,200). Jin Wenlong (255,900), Lei Zhang (239,700) and Sparrow Cheung (217,100) rounded out the top five in the counts.
The money bubble will burst Saturday with the top 31 players sharing a prize pool in excess of HKD$4,800,000. The final table will take place on Sunday, with the last player standing being awarded just over HKD $1,100,000.
Here's a look at the top stacks heading into Day 3:
|8||Hon Cheung Kwong||153,100|
|9||Ying Kit Chan||142,800|
Rui Chen, a Chinese businessman has claimed victory in the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event winning over HK$1.1 million in first place prize money with a crushing performance.
What makes the victory sweeter is that Chen qualified for this event through a live HK$1,000 satellite at PokerStars Macau!
Read more about Chen's victory at PokerStars blog.
Highlights of the Indian contingent
- 14 Sep - Amit Varma finishes in 13th place for HK$ 72,300 and Amit R Jain finishes in 15th for HK$ 62,300.
- 14 Sep - Only Amit Varma, Amit Jain, Amit R Jain from Mumbai and Delhi's Sameer Guliani make it to Day 2.
- 13 Sep - Sameer Rattonsey wins Event 6: HK$ 4000 NLHE.
- 12 Sep - Jasven Saigal and Samay Parikh have busted out of the Main Event's Day 1a
- 12 Sep - Amit Varma moves into Day 2 of the Main Event with a stack of about 23,950.
- Abhishek Goindi played in Event 1: $8,800 NLH with a $1,000,000 guarantee but was unable to make it to Day 2
- Amit Jain and first place finisher Japan's Tsugunari Toma did an even chop of the prize money before the latter went on to win the title.