Red Dragon (Main Event)
Red Dragon (Main Event)
Day 1A completed

Day 1A Done, On to Day 1B in 9 Hours!


We've got an unassuming chip leader after Day 1A in Jason Coe from the United States. So unassuming that he even more than doubles-up the second-in-chips in Harri Sawicki from Thailand.

Rounding up our top five are Fan Liu from China, Sailesh Verma and Ronald Yu, both from Hong Kong. Watch our interview with the chip leader on the APN Video Blogs to be posted later today.

Curiously, the big guns including Celina Lin, Raymond Wu and J.C. Tran among others did not survive the first day of the PokerStars Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Event.

Will this pattern hold tomorrow? Will the unheralded and unknown players continue their romp? Or will the pros get their act together and show the rest of the field who's the boss?

Check back later as cards fly in Day 1B of the Red Dragon Event starting at 12:10 pm before Day 2 begins at 7:30 pm! Expected to be in attendance are Nam Le, Quin Do, Neil Arce and Kenichi Takarabe.

See you around.

Jason Coe 112,200 92,200
55,600 -9,400
Fan Liu 55,000
47,100 7,100
43,000 -20,000
Wai Cheng Keong 41,400
Vic Catalan 40,100
Michael Mariakis au 37,400
37,300 -32,700
Wai Kin Wong 27,000

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King Keong Doubles Up


The team caught up with a flop of {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}{k-Clubs} laid on the board.

Big blind Ginger Keong called after JC Tran bet 3,000 chips on the flop.

Turn: {a-Diamonds}

Tran raised to 8,000 after Keong bet 4,000 chips upon seeing the turn.

Tran called Keong's all in re-raise--which proved to be a wrong decision after the hands were shown:

Tran: {10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
Keong: {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

JC Tran is now short stacked after Keong doubled up to 37,000 chips.

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Celina Bids Goodbye

Celina Lin
Celina Lin

On the flop: {q-}{8-}{2-}, big blind Celina Lin went all-in with her stack of 6,000 chips against her only caller, the man under-the-gun.

Celina Lin: {6-}{k-}
Opponent: {a-}{q-}

The turn went blank with a {10-}, eliminating PokerStars Pro Celina Lin off Day 1A of the tourney.

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The Edoc Eviction

Lester Edoc
Lester Edoc

A player named Liu just ousted another Filipino visitor in Macau from the tournament.

Lester Edoc went all-in (8500) with pocket deuce as Liu easilly called with his {A-}{Q-}

Flop: {Q-}{8-}{4-} gave a higher pair for Liu and the turn{7-} and river{j-} did not provide any help for the Filipino as Edoc ends his MPC run.

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Sailesh Straight Ousts Another

Sailseh Verma
Sailseh Verma

Under the gun, Sailesh Verma called the blinds hoping to see a flop. However, the button player went all-in trying to steal the pot. Verma would have none of it as he called despite just holding {7-}{8-}

His opponent showed {A-}{Q-} with a chance for a double-up.

The flop {9-}{2-}{k-} continued to favor the all-in player but the turn {5-} gave Verma a gut shot at a straight...

And a straight it was as the river {6-} completed the runner-runner and provided yet another bust-out this early morning.

Tags: Sailseh Verma