Today is the Feast of the Drunken Dragon, celebrated in Macau with parades and banquets. Here at the Grand Lisboa, the day began with action crazy enough to fit the celebration. TJ Vorapanich surged to the lead in a series of massive pots in the last level of the night, finishing with a chart-topping 472,900. Norwegian pro Kai Paulsen joins Vorapanich above the 400,000-mark.
Over the course of seven levels, 160 players were reduced to 44, bringing the field just four eliminations from the money. One of the biggest stacks at the start of the day, David Steicke, was eliminated at the hands of Vorapanich. Nam Le, Steve Yea, Andrew Scott, and Aaron Lerner also failed to make it through the day. It was a rough one for Team PokerStars Pro. They lost Eric Assadourian, Tony Hachem, Celina Lin, and Raymond Wu. Only Marcel Luske was able to fly on to Day 3. He'll be joined by last year's high roller champ, Jonas Kronwitter, along with Brendon Rubie and Binh Nguyen.
Come back at 12:15 pm local time for Day 3 to follow along with us as they burst the bubble and fight for a spot at the final table.
TJ Vorapanich made an opening raise to 8,500 from the button before big blind Chong Man Ip three-bet shoved for his last 68,700 total chips. Vorapanich thought it over for a couple agonizing moments before making the call with his big stack.
There was a bit of a sweat by the time the turn card rolled around, but the board of kept Ip in front and secured his double up. He's all the way up to 140,000 now, while Vorapanich takes a step back to a still-very-healthy 355,000.
Mikhail Mazunin checked a flop, and Brendon Rubie bet 7,400. Mazunin flatted. The turn was the , and Mazunin checked again. And again he called when Rubie bet 18,000. He rapped the table for a third time when the came on the river, and Rubie checked behind. Mazunin tabled for fives and fours, and that was enough to scoop the pot.
The floor is in the process of breaking another table, meaning we are now down to 48 players. One more table of players will go home empty-handed, and everyone else will get at least $63,700 in Hong Kong dollars. It might not be worth as much as U.S. dollars, but it's sure a lot more colorful.
Mikhail Mazunin opened to 7,200 from middle position, and Brendon Rubie made the call out of the small blind. In the big, Marcel Luske squeezed his cards slowly and took pause for a moment or two. He grabbed reraising chips and made it 20,000 more -- 27,200 straight. Mazunin shook his head and folded with a reluctant look, and Rubie quickly followed suit to send the small preflop pot to Luske.
Marcel flipped up the and pointed at it, then flashed the as the dealer pushed him the chips. At the same time, one of the floor men came and delivered a delicious looking piece of blueberry cheesecake to Luske. It's really irrelevant, we know, but it sure did look tasty.