Red Dragon (Main Event)
Red Dragon (Main Event)
Day 2 completed

Day 2 Over, 38 Survivors Remain


If Day 1A and Day 1B was a grind, surely Day 2 was a struggle.

With a total of 314 entrants (Day 1A had 135 and Day 1B had 179) only 38 players remain in the running for the PokerStars Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Event at the Casino Grand Lisboa.

And believe it or not, we got another unheralded player on top of the heap... Wai Cheng "Ginger" Keong who has surprised a lot of observers by being the chip leader as we move on to the final day. Flashback to Day 1A, we had an unknown Jason Coe as the chip leader after the first day.

As much as poker fans can celebrate the rise of the underdogs, they can feel the pain of the fall of the more decorated poker stars like Bryan Huang, J.C. Tran, Celina Lin, Tae Joon Noh, and Quinn Do among many other giants slayed in the early part of the tournament.

But as the old sports adage go, you can only be good as your last game (or in this case, the last hand)

Wai Cheng Keong 235,000 193,600
Fan Liu 233,000 178,000
Shashank Rathi 223,000
216,000 146,000
Jason Coe 146,500 76,500
125,000 82,000
113,500 23,500
99,500 45,500
Makoto Yoshimichi jp 94,500 76,700
Yoshitaka Oku 92,500
Hirotoshi Nakabo 73,500
Masashi Minowa 64,000
62,500 27,400
61,500 21,500
Richard Becker 58,500
Masanori Yoshida 57,500
50,500 -5,100

In the Money!


With more than 10 minutes left in Day 2, Tournament Director Danny McDonagh has stopped play as the bubble has burst and the remaining 38 players are now in the money.

Almost but not Quite for Bryan


Very close to bubble time, Bryan Huang has just busted out of the tournament.

Pre-flop, the player in middle position made a raise and Bryan re-raised all in from the small blind and got called by the original raiser.

Bryan: {a-}{k-}
Middle position: {a-}{a-}

Although Bryan made two pairs through the board {a-}{10-}{8-}{q-}{k-}, his opponent had a set to eliminate him from the tournament.

Tags: Bryan Huang

Shashank Leads the Lady Out

Shashank Rathi
Shashank Rathi

The chip leader, Shashank Rathi has just eliminated one of the ladies in the tournament.

The lady moved all in from the big blind before the flop. Her lone caller was Rathi.

Lady: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Rathi: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}

The flop {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{2-Clubs} gave the lady a pair but also an open-ended straight draw for Rathi.

Although nothing changed on the turn {4-Clubs}. The river {a-Diamonds} completed Rathi's straight and lessened the ladies in the field by one.

Tags: Shashank Rathi

And Then There Was One


Richard Ko is now the lone Filipino in the tournament after Lester Saison was eliminated.

Pre-flop, Lester moved all in from the cut off and got called by the big blind.

Lester: {q-}{j-}
Big blind: {9-}{9-}

The flop {9-}{k-}{q-} further improved the big blind's hand and it held through the turn {2-} and river {4-} to send Lester to the rail.

Tags: Lester Saison

Oh No! Yeh's Gone!

Alex Yeh
Alex Yeh

Alex Yeh's Red Dragon run has just ended.

Facing Richard Ko's {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} in a heads up battle, Yeh's {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades} seemed like a lost cause.

The flop {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{A-Hearts} was of no help for Alex neither did the turn {8-Hearts} nor river {8-Diamonds}

Richard is one of the last two Filipinos standing with a stack of roughly 90,000.

Tags: Alex YehRichard Ko

Oh No! Yeh's Stack Crumbles

Alex Yeh
Alex Yeh

Going all-in with {A-}{9-} Alex Yeh was hoping to add some more to his growing stack of chips.

With an opponent making the call with {Q-}{K-} it was off to the races.

Flop: {k-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Turn: {8-Diamonds}
River: {7-Diamonds}

Which meant that Yeh's opponent doubles up and his stack down to about 28,000 chips.

Tags: Alex Yeh