Rui Chen Wins The PokerStars Macau Poker Cup Championship

Posted at 21:00 2012-09-17 by Matthew Pitt

The PokerStars Macau Poker Cup Championship has been completed after Rui Chen bested a talented final table to get his hands on the coveted trophy and the HK$1,108,500 first place prize.

The nine-handed final table took a staggering 12-hours to complete but for Chen those long hours at the felt will now be long forgotten because he is a champion in his field, he is now regarded as one of the elite. Chen got off to a great start, finding pocket aces to send Australia's Robert Streatfeild to the rail in ninth place.

Next to go was another Australian in the shape of Ryan Hong. Hong got his chips into the middle whilst holding pocket eights but was unfortunate to run into the higher pair of tens of Yosuke Sekiya.

Two more eliminations followed soon after, first Lisi Wei's tournament came to an end in seventh place when her {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades} was deemed good enough to play for stacks with on a {9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{8-Diamonds} flop. Unfortunately for Wei, Chen held {k-Spades}{9-Clubs} and made the call. No help arrived for Wei on the turn or river and her tournament came to an end.

Wei's bust out gave the title of Last Woman Standing to Jessica Ngu but she was sent for an early bath shortly after receiving this accolade when her {a-Spades}{j-Clubs} failed to improve against the dominating {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} of Chen.

The fifth elimination in the first three hours of play occurred when Kevin Kung's {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} looked like it was going to double up against the {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} of Wenlong Jin but the latter caught a miracle jack on the river to send Kung home.

Four-handed play lasted over two hours and came to an end when Sunny Jung made a ove with pocket fours and was snapped off by the “Big Slick” holding Sekiya. The furs were ever so narrowly ahead preflop but they fell massively behind once the first three community cards were dealt as they contained an ace. Jung could not find either of his two outs and he fell in fourth place.

Heads-up was set when Jin was eliminated at the hands of Sekiya. Jin was all-in and at risk whilst holding {k-Clubs}{8-Hearts} to Sekiya's {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} but he took the lead when he paired his eight. He must have been overjoyed to come from behind to double up but that elation turned into sorrow as a nine on the river improved Sekiya to the best hand and resigned Jin to a third place finish.

Chen started heads-up with a 3:2 chip lead but that was soon reversed when his pocket eights could not hold against Sekiya's {9-Spades}{8-Diamonds} when a nine landed on the river. Chen then opened a lead for himself again but Sekiya clawed his way back into things and the one-on-one battle contnued. It was all over though when Sekiya chose {K-Spades}{J-Clubs} to move all in with and Chen called with a dominating {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}. Neither player iproved on a {2-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Diamonds} board but Chen's queen-kicker came into play and awarded him the victory.

2012 MPCC Final Table Results

PositionNamePrize (HKD)
1Rui Chen$1,108,500
2Yosuke Sekiya$759,000
3Wenlong Jin$458,000
4Sunny Jung$361,500
5Kevin Kung$289,160
6Jessica Ngu$241,000
7Lisi Wei$193,000
8Ryan Hong$144,500
9Robert Streatfeild$120,500

Lead image courtesy of Kenneth Lim and the PokerStars Blog

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