Day 1A completed
Day 1A completed
After nine levels of play here at the PokerStars Macau poker room, we are finally finished with Day 1A of the Macau Poker Cup.
A total of 137 players entered the day but about 50 remain in their quest to be the next MPC champion.
Richard Bremilow is the current chip leader with 75,600. Trailing him are Hung Sheng Lin and Lester Edoc, whose stacks are bordering on 60,000.
Another notable stack is the beautiful Celina Lin, who won a huge hand with queens later during the day to give her short stack a big boost.
Day 1B begins tomorrow (or actually, later today) at 12:10 pm. Check back then for all the latest updates from the second starting day of the MPC!
Play was stopped about ten minutes ago and the players are pretty much finished counting and bagging their chips. We'll be posting some of the more notable stacks in a while.
Chris Tang has won two big hands in the last ten or so minutes to give his stack a boost to over 25,000.
On an earlier hand, it was Chris going all-in for his last 6,000 with against the of a bigger stack.
An ace came on the flop of to immediately put him in front. The two additional sevens on the turn and river were of no use, giving Chris a double up to almost 15,000.
A few hands later, it was Chris making the duty call after a short-stack shoved his remaining 3,325 in.
It looked like a quick double-up for his short stack but the flop of gave Chris the two-pair and the lead.
The turn and river were bricks, sending the player to the rail.
An Chinese player who would not give us his name has just doubled up his short stack after hitting the proverbial ace on the river.
Pre-flop, the short-stacked player got his money all-in with and another player made the duty call with .
The flop brought nothing for either player but the on the turn left our nameless player in dire need of an ace.
That's exactly what came as the magically appeared on the river to give him the pot and double-up.
Despite getting into some unlucky chops, Filipino player Lester Edoc has won some big pots and is looking like the day's chip leader with 70,000 in chips.
Meanwhle, Markus Garberg has been dishing out a lot of punishment during the last few levels and is now over 50,000.
Lester Edoc, who we reported on earlier today, has ended up in another chop situation after being ahead at one point in the hand.
Pre-flop, Derek Ong made a raise to 1,900 and Lester made the call.
The flop came and both players decided to check.
When the came on the turn, Derek put in 2,000 and Lester made the automatic call.
On the river , both players checked and the cards were tabled:
None of them had a ten in his hand, which meant that the straight on the board was the best hand for both.
Markus Garberg has just sent another player to the rail.
Pre-flop, a short-stacked player got his money all-in with but was drawing thin against the of Markus.
The first three cards came , giving no help to the all-in player.
It got even worse as the landed on the turn, sealing the short stack's fate and eliminating him after the river was dealt as a formality.
Things are looking a whole lot better for the prettiest lady in the field after Celina Lin hit the most improbable of cards to triple up.
Pre-flop, Celina got her short stack all-in with but looked ready to go home as the two players who called her showed and .
Celina would need the last remaining queen in the deck to overcome the pocket kings. So what did the flop bring? Naturally, the , along with the and .
She would still need to dodge a king, though, and her good luck continued as the turn and river blanked out. Celina's stack is in good shape again as it is now up to more than 22,000.