The PokerStars Macau Poker Cup was held in the beautiful surrounds of The Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex and was a HKD$10,180+880 entrance fee or roughly $1,400 Australian. The tournament was structured extremely well and lead to some deepstacks at the business end of play which is what the players want. In the end it was Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin who won her second Red Dragon event and the $HKD854,000 first prize.
Day 1a saw 110 runners put down the required HKD$11,000 to play and it was a frantic day of action as only a paltry 28 survived the day’s events. American Jordan Westmorland ended the day as a monster chip leader as he turned his 15,000 starting stack into a remarkable 269,000 chips. Westmorland, who satellited into the event, declared to the PokerStars Blog that he “ran hotter than the sun today."
Day 1b attracted 148 entrants and the crazy action continued as the field was reduced to 41 survivors. Ling Kay Yip, who hails from Hong Kong, bagged up the most chips (185,300) at the end of the ten and a half levels of play. Team PokerStars Pro’s Celina Lin and Vivian Im both made it through the day with stacks with 38,300 and 17,900 respectively.
Day 1c had another solid turnout as 35 individuals stamped their ticket to Day 2 from the days 133 buy-ins. Chinese player, Richard Hu, multiplied his stack to 183,000 which was good enough to be the top-dog for the day. Team PokerStars Pro Byran Huang made it through with a 34,200 stack despite being on life-support at one point in the day. Current Aussie Millions Champion, Oliver Speidel, was among those to bust and will have to content himself with the strong schedule of side-events and cash games on offer.
Day 2 saw 104 players starting the day all with the dream of making the final table and the spoils associated with that achievement. It took 12 hours of grinding but in the end China’s Qi Ming Fan was the name on everyone’s lips as he ended with 1,669,000 chips. Celina Lin made her third Red Dragon final table as she bagged up 477,000. Her Team PokerStars Pro teammate Vivian Im also had a good outing as she busted out in 13th place for HKD$55,700. Westmorland had a rollercoaster day he was down to 50,000 up to over a million and finally finished below his starting chip stack on 256,000 but with a place in the elite nine. Richard Yu, another Day 1 chipleader, also made it through Day 2 and he had 305,000 at the end of the action. Daniel Sing wore his All Blacks jersey with pride as the New Zealand actor made it to the final table with a stack of 380,000.
Day 3 began with chip leader Ming Fan busting four players in quick succession including sending home Westmorland in seventh place for HKD$140,100. Just eight minutes later the one man elimination machine sent home All Black Sing in sixth spot for a HKD$180,400 payout. Richard Hu was the next man out the door as his was out run by and he collected HK$220,700 for his efforts. The players were down to three when Chang Rak Choi (HKD$278,300) bust and in a credit to the tournament structure the remaining players all had 100 big blinds. The action was down to heads up when Korea’s Chul Woo Park bust and he headed to the bar with HK$351,200 in his back pocket.
Fittingly, it was two of the biggest stories of the tournament that engaged in an epic heads up battle as Ming Fan and Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin faced off to decide the destination of the trophy. The heads up section lasted a whopping six hours compared to the two hours in took to get from nine to two players! Lin trailed four-to-one in chips twice and she managed to grind it back both times. In the end, she took won this epic battle to win her second Red Dragon Trophy and the winners cheque of HK$854,000.
The final hand saw the chips go flying on a board reading with Fan holding to Lin's . Lin was ahead but any diamond on the river would have changed that. The river was not a diamond, it was the and with that Lin had won her second MPC Red Dragon Main Event title! Amazing stuff!
Congratulations to Celina Lin on another big win in Macau. She really showed her class and resolve to win this tournament and is fast proving to be one the very best Asian players on the live poker scene. Also congratulations from all at PokerNetwork to PokerStars and The Grand Waldo on fabulously structured Main Event.
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