Brian Yip Leads Final 21 of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event

Posted at 10:00 2013-08-18 by Matthew Pitt

The number of entrants in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event topped the scales at an impressive 645, but only 21 of those players still have a chance of winning this magnificent tournament and the HK$1,340,000 prize that awaits the eventual champion.

In pole position going into the penultimate day’s play is Brian Yip and his monster-sized stack of 1,656,000 chips; Yip’s stack contains more than 880,000 extra chips than that of his nearest rival. Although this tournament still has a long way to go, it would take a brave person to bet against Yip lifting the trophy on Monday.

The 168 surviving players from the trio of opening flights returned to the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dream poker room on Saturday, each hoping to make it through to the top 77 places as this would mean they had reached the money.

In major live poker tournaments, when the money bubble looms, play tightens up significantly as players try to scrape into the cash. This was definitely the case in this event as it took 80-minutes for the money bubble to burst, according to the PokerStars Blog. When the bubble went pop, it did so in spectacular circumstances.

Adam Kondrollochis must have though he was ensured at least a min-cash when he saw his {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} all in against the seemingly crushed {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} of his opponent. He will still have felt confident of a double up on the {7-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} flop and the {4-Hearts} turn, but his hopes were dashed when the dealer placed the {Q-Spades} onto the river, improving his opponent to trip queens and resigning Kondrollochis to 78th place, which paid nothing but a round of applause and a true bad beat story.

Once they were guaranteed some prize money for their efforts, the 77 in-the-money players trailed, many failed, to spin up their stacks in an attempt to finish Day 2 on a high note. Of course, Yip ended on the highest possible not with Lap Kay Chan (769,000), Victor Sheerman (760,000), Thomas Ward (740,000) and Fanny Li (691,000) also progressed to Day 3 with sizable stacks.

Speaking of Day 3, it gets underway at 14:00 local time on Sunday and will see the 21 players reduced to the eventual champion. Tune into PokerNetwork on Monday for a recap of the action from the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event.

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Brian Yip1,656,000
2Lap Kay Chan769,000
3Victor Sheerman760,000
4Thomas Ward740,000
5Fanny Li691,000
6Tom Alner527,000
7Akira Ohyama473,000
8Chuanyu Fu466,000
9Fan Cao414,000
10Shinichi Takenouchi383,000

Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

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