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Brian Long Yip Leads After Day 1b of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon

Posted at 20:00 2013-08-16 by Matthew Pitt

Two of the three starting flights in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event are in the bag and it is Brian Long Yip of Hong Kong who is the chip leader. Yip bagged and tagged an impressive stack of 180,900 chips at the end of his chosen flight, Day 1b.

Day 1a saw 131 players pass through the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dream casino, with 35 of them managing to navigate their way through the minefield that is a tournament Day 1. Among the survivors were Brett Stephen King (21,400), online grinder James Bills (78,700) and the man of the moment, Daniel Laidlaw (109,600).

Laidlaw’s 109,600 stack was enough to see him crowned Day 1a’s chip leader. Laidlaw, a familiar face in Macau’s cash games, is in scintillating form in the tournament arena having finished as runner-up in the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event and followed that up with victory in the Sydney Poker Champs Main Event a couple of weeks later.

Traditionally, poker tournaments see larger crowds on later starting flights and this event was no different. By the time the registration desk stopped processing entries on Day 1b there were 234 players who had bought in. Fast forward to the end of the second starting flight and there were only 63 survivors.

A handful of Australian players progressed to Saturday’s Day 2; check out the list below and see if you can find your favourite player.

  • Jack Lee – 14,900 chips
  • Kelvin Ka Wing Wong – 15,600
  • Billy “The Croc” Argyros – 17,600
  • Julian Powell – 33,500
  • Michelangelo Longabela – 118,900

Longabela finished Day 1b second in chips and second in the tournament overall, before the conclusion of Day 1c of course. Leading the way with 180,900 chips is the aforementioned Yip, an impressive total to say the least and one that is going to take some beating on the third and final flight.

Almost 400 players turned out for Day 1c in April and the organisers are hoping for a similar attendance on Day 1c. However, the figures are almost certainly going to be less than previous event due to a typhoon that severely disrupted the travel plans of many players in the area.

Good luck to everyone who is competing on Day 1C, which kicks off at 7 p.m local time on Friday.

Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog and Kenneth Lim in particular.

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