Macau Poker Cup Round-Up: Titles for Wong, Wang, Liang and Tsuchikawa

Posted at 09:00 2013-01-18 by Matthew Pitt

The Macau Poker Cup has kicked off in spectacular style, with all four opening events being well attended and the action hotter than some of the Macanese food on offer!

The 17th edition of the Macau poker Cup (MPC) launched on Sunday afternoon when 212 players bought into Event #1 the $5,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament, creating a $1,028,200 prize pool. Of the 212 runners, 25 reached the money place, with Charles Wong taking home the lion’s share of the money — $246,800 to be exact – for winning the opening event.

Charles Wong
Charles Wong

Macau Poker Cup Event #1 Final Table Results

1Charles Wong$246,800
2Chieh Yin Cheng$169,700
3Kosei Ichinose$102,800
4Witold Krawczyk$77,100
5Hao Kai Wu$61,700
6Albert Lau$51,400
7Kyungsik Jung$41,100
8Yunye Lu$30,800
9Richard Hu$25,700
10Chi-hsiang Lee$20,400

Event #2 of the Macau Poker Cup, the $4,000 Mixed Max attracted a more condensed field of 58-players, amongst them was the Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang. PokerStars Pros have a great record in the Macau Poker Cup events, but Huang narrowly missed out on the win when he busted out in fifth place.

The Mix Max event first appeared at the World Series of Poker Europe festival in 2011 and it sees the tournament start as full ring, then change to six-handed when the field has been whittled down to 36 and then the final four players battle it out in a series of heads-up matches.

Gergiy Belyanin and Mansour Khorramshahi agreed to split third and fourth place money rather than battle it out in the consolation match whilst Ted Wang got to work in whittling down the stack of Yi-Po Lee. Wang eventually emerged victorious and the $66,800 first place prize was all his.

Ted Wang
Ted Wang

Macau Poker Cup Event #2 Results

1Ted Wang$66,800
2Yi-Po Lee$42,500
3Georgiy Belyanin$25,350**
4Mansour Khorramshahi$25,350**
5Bryan Huang$16,200
6Fu Tin$14,200
7Patrick Hii$12,136

**denotes deal struck to split third and fourth place money

The third event of the 2013 Macau Poker Cup saw 199 player exchange $2,000 for the chance to become the champion of the deepstack event. After two gruelling days of intense poker, just Martin Liang of Canada and Chris Chong of Singapore remained.

The final hand saw Chong commit his remaining chips with {4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Liang call with the more substantial {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}. The {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}{10-Spades} flop gifted Liang trips and left Chong drawing dead. The turn and river were the {5-Spades} and {4-Hearts} respectively and Liang was announced as Event #3’s champion, although both players won the same sum of money after agreeing to an even chop.

Martin Liang
Martin Liang

Macau Poker Cup Event #3 Final Table Results

1Martin Liang$71,200**
2Chris Chong$71,200**
3Roy Wan$34,700
4Kuan Jen Wang$27,800
5Benny Soo$22,600
6Samuel Thomas$19,100
7Wen Liang Zhang$15,600
8Ichiro Arano$12,200
9Win Tung Chui$8,700
10Sehyun Son$7,054

**denotes prize pool chop when heads-up

The latest Macau Poker Cup tournament to be completed was Event #4, the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event. By the time the registration desk had closed there were 158-players in the field, creating a prize pool of $413,802. This prize money was eventually shared out between the top 19 finishers, a min-cash being worth $5,200 and the eventual champion leaving the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex with $101,400 in their back pocket.

The recipient of the winner’s prize was Tetsuya Tsuchikawa of Japan, who defeated Taiwan’s Morgan Chi-hsiang Lee heads up. According to the PokerStars Macau Blog, this was the second Official Asia player of the Year event that Tsuchikawa has won and he now tops the all-time rankings list for Japanese players.

Tetsuya Tsuchikawa
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa

Macau Poker Cup Event #4 Final Table Results

1Tetsuya Tsuchikawa$101,400
2Morgan Lee$68,300
3Dawid Mysiewicz$43,400
4Bharathan Balasubramanian$35,00
5Fan Cao$27,900
6Yoichi Fujiya$22,800
7Yuri Ishida$18,600
8Vivian Im$14,500
9Fu Man Tin$12,400
10Chih Hsin Hsiao$10,202

All prize money is Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated.

In-article images courtesy of the PokerStars Macau Blog

Lead image courtesy of Poker Portal Asia.

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