11:00pm Liang Xu leads the way into the final table
We’ve reached our MPC24 Red Dragon final table!
Liang Xu will bring the most to the table tomorrow when the action kicks off at 3pm. Here’s the final table draw.
Seat 1 – Takashi Ogura (Japan) – 2,710,000
Seat 2 – Liang Xu (China) – 3,375,000
Seat 3 – Fan Xie (China) – 1,110,000
Seat 4 – Ying Lin Chua (Malaysia) – 2,665,000
Seat 5 – Chengbei Lei (China) 1,700,000
Seat 6 – Yang Zhang (China) – 1,375,000
Seat 7 – Tom Alner (United Kingdom) – 1,030,000
Seat 8 – Yongqiang Huang (China) – 520,000
Seat 9 – Wayne Zhang (China) – 1,610,000
We’ll have a recap of today’s events on the PokerStars Blog as soon as possible.
Our lingering shortstack Nan Tu finally faced elimination head on when he clashed with Japan’s Takashi Ogura. The two got all the money in preflop and Tu had the worst of it.
A large crowd had gathered around to sweat was potentially the last hand of the night and when the 6♠8♠K♠2♦8♣ board confirmed Tu’s elimination there was a cheer across the tournament floor.
Tu leaves us in 10th place on the final table bubble.
The remaining nine players are just bagging up their chips now. We’ll have updated counts and the final table draw as soon as possible.
10:40pm: Chop it up
Nan Tu was still peddling a short stack after a recent hand. It folded around to him in the small blind and he jammed into the big blind of Ying Lin Chua only to be quickly called..
Tu was in front but the K♣Q♣9♠Q♥10♣ run out meant the two would chop the pot.
10:25pm: Tu crippled
Nan Tu just took a big hit to his chip stack after moving his last 850,000 in from the cutoff. Fan Xie called to put herself at risk from the small blind and the cards went on their backs.
Xie had woken up with pocket kings and left Tu searching for a six to knock her out and avoid a crippling blow to his stack. The A♠8♣9♥J♥Q♥ saw Xie’s railbirds erupt into applause as her kings held to leave Xie with only 275,000 in chips remaining.
10:10pm: Final ten chip counts
We’re on the direct final table bubble now as play resumes.
Here’s how our final ten are standing in chip counts.
Liang Xu – 3,200,000
Takashi Ogura – 2,600,000
Wayne Zhang – 2,200,000
Ying Lin Chua – 1,850,000
Yang Zhang – 1,400,000
Tom Alner – 1,350,000
Nan Tu – 1,300,000
Chengbei Li – 850,000
Fan Xie – 830,000
Yongqiang Huang – 650,000
10:05pm: Level 25 begins, blinds are 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
9:20pm: Dinner break
We’re only one away from the final table but players have just commenced a 45-minute dinner break.
Liang Xu is our current chip leader with 3,200,000 to play with ahead of Takashi Ogura in the second spot with 2,600,000.
We’ll have full chip counts of all players when we return.
Be sure to join us after the break!
9:05pm: Aces for Xie, Santos Armendariz eliminated
It folded around to Inaki Joseba Santos Armendariz on the button and he moved all in before being snap-called by Fan Xie in the big blind.
Santos Armendariz slammed the table at the sight of Xie’s pocket aces and was sent to the rail when the cards came down 10♣5♣5♦K♥Q♥.
With that elimination we’re down to only 11 players remaining.
On a flop of 9♦2♥4♦ Nan Tu moved all in for 409,000 and was called by Tom Alner.
Tu had the hand almost locked up already and by the 8♣ turn Alner was drawing dead. The inconsequential 9♠ river completed the board and Tu scored himself a double up.
8:35pm: Liu loses flip eliminated
Kelly Liu has was just knocked out painfully close to the final table by current chip leader Liang Xu. The two got all the money in preflop with Liu holding ace-queen and Xu with pocket eights.
Liu needed to improve but failed to do so when the 2♥10♠4♠6♣2♦ came down. Xu increases his chip lead as Liu heads to the payout desk.
8:20pm: Level 24 begins, blinds are 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante
8:10pm: Another lucky river for Ogura ends Ngan’s run
Takashi Ogura brought it in for a raise to 55,000 and next to act Simon Ngan reraised to 162,000. Ogura quickly moved all in with enough to cover Ngan sending the latter into the tank.
Ngan studied this opponent for around a minute before announcing call as the cards went on their backs.
Ngan had the dominant hand and faded the danger for the first four community cards with 3♣5♦A♥5♥ being spread out on the table. The river, however, brought the Q♣ to pair Ogura and knock Ngan out of the tournament.
That elimination takes us to only 13 players remaining and sees Ogura stack a mountain of 1,900,000 in chips.
7:55pm: Huang hits Tu
Yongqiang Huang opened the action from the hijack seat with a raise to 60,000 before Nan Tu three-bet to 165,000 from the small blind.
Huang called the reraise and players went to a flop of 2♦A♥5♥. It went check-check and the dealer turned the 6♣. Tu opted to lead for 135,000 and after some deliberation, Huang called.
The 3♥ river saw Tu check and Huang pushed all in. Tu immediately put his hand to his mouth and then threw his cards away.
Huang showed the table 10♥10♦ and scooped the pot.
Alvin Cheam has just left us here after a preflop all in confrontation with Yin Lin Chua saw Cheam at risk.
Cheam was looking for a seven to keep the dream alive but the 5♦2♦10♠5♠A♠ runout wouldn’t cooperate.
Chua adds 214,000 to his stack and now sits with around 1.8 million.
7:30pm: Chip standings with 17 remaining
We’re down to two tables now with only 17 players left in the hunt.
Liang Xu has emerged as our chip leader, with Tom Alner in second place and chasing his second Red Dragon title.
Also still in the running are Hong Kong Stars members Wayne Zhang and Dong Guo.
Here’s where the remaining 17 players are sitting and how they stack up.
Seat 1 – Yongqiang Huang – 710,000
Seat 3 – Tom Alner – 1,660,000
Seat 4 – Chengbei Li – 750,000
Seat 5 – Simon Ngan – 740,000
Seat 6 – Nan Tu – 770,000
Seat 7 – Tianhong Su – 1,610,000
Seat 8 – Wayne Zhang – 1,420,000
Seat 9 – Yang Zhang – 1,400,000
Seat 1 – Jia Wang – 930,000
Seat 2 – Dong Guo – 240,000
Seat 3 – Kelly Liu – 320,000
Seat 4 – Alvin Cheam – 280,000
Seat 5 – Ying Lin Chua – 1,550,000
Seat 6 – Fan Xie – 240,000
Seat 7 – Takashi Ogura – 1,050,000
Seat 8 – Huitong Cao – 620,000
Seat 9 – Liang Xu – 1,940,000
7:20pm: Level 23 begins, blinds are 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
7:10pm: Scheduled break
The remaining 17 players have stepped away from the tournament area for another 10-minute break. Coverage will resume momentarily.
7:00pm: Katsunari Maeda eliminated
Chengbei Li just sent another player home, this time it was Katsunari Maeda.
The two found themselves all in preflop and Maeda was in rough shape to keep his tournament life, holding K♥Q♣ against Li’s dominating A♥K♣.
Maeda had his hands clenched in prayer over his face but those prayers weren’t answered as the board ran out 8♣3♥J♠6♣7♥.
He leaves us almost four hours into today’s proceedings.
6:45pm: Ogura running it up; Zhang sent packing
Japan’s Takashi Ogura started today as one of our shorter stacks but he’s been doing well to accumulate chips so far.
Ogura added some more to his stack after getting lucky to eliminate Fu Zhang.
Zhang raised to 55,000 preflop before Ogura popped it to 215,000 from the big blind. Zhang came back over the top, Ogura quickly called, and the cards went on their backs.
Zhang was in good shape to double up until the 5♠9♠K♥ flop meant he had to sweat another spade arriving to make Ogura a flush. The Q♦ turn improved Zhang to a pair but the 3♠ river completed Ogura’s flush and ended Zhang’s tournament run.
Ogura started on a mere 160,000 but after that hand he climbs up to 1,160,000 in chips.
Chuansong Chen just hit the rail here after getting his stack all in preflop against Chengbei Li.
Chen was behind but the 2♠8♦5♣ flop gave him a glimmer of hope. He added a gut shot straight draw and backdoor flush draw to his chances of survival but neither would come to fruition as the Q♣ turn and 6♠ river completed the board.
Chen was eliminated while Li stacked up a total of 870,000 in chips.
6:20pm: Three tables remain
We’ve only just clocked three hours into today’s proceedings and already we’ve reached our final three tables. That means we’re only 18 eliminations away from the conclusion of play here tonight.
The remaining 27 have been informed that not the upcoming break but the following one they will have a 75-minute dinner break before coming back and playing down to a final table.
6:10pm: Level 22 begins, blinds are 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
6:00pm: Cao climbing
Garry Lam made a preflop raise to 35,000 before Tom Alner on the button three-bet to 100,000. Huitong Cao cold-called from the big blind and Lam stuck around to see a flop of K♦Q♣10♣.
It was then that Cao seized the betting lead, firing for 200,000. Lam and Alner didn’t hesitate long before folding and Cao flashes the J♥ before collecting the pot.
5:45pm: Sakurada sent home
Japan’s Konosuke Sakurada was just eliminated at the hands of Leon Tsu.
The two found themselves all in preflop with Tsu holding A♥8♥ and Konosuke just behind with A♣7♣.
Sakurada couldn’t improve or find a chop as the board landed 4♠6♣10♦3♦9♣ meant his tournament over and Tsu would climb to 360,000.
In the same orbit, Tsu chipped up even further after taking a pot from Wayne Zhang.
Tsu raised to 33,000 before Zhang made it 81,000 to go from the button. Tsu came back over the top for 349,000 and despite cutting out a call, Zhang decided the let the hand go.
5:25pm: Chan’s chips go to Alner
Wai Wa Chan was just sent hurtling to the rail after finding himself on the wrong end of a flip with Englishman Tom Alner
After a player brought it in for a raise to 33,000, Tom Alner moved all in and Chan called off with less for his own tournament life. The initial raiser begrudgingly tossed his cards in the muck and the remaining two in the hand tabled their hands.
It was a fair fight and Chan held through the 3♣10♣Q♣ flop but at the same time Alner picked up a world of outs. Any club, any jack, any ace or any king would see Alner make the best hand, and he received immediate service on the J♣ turn.
Chen was already drawing dead when the 3♦ completed the board to see him eliminated and Alner eclipse 1 million in chips.
5:00pm: Scheduled break
Our remaining 38 players have left the tournament area for a 10-minute break.
4:50pm: Aces for Liu
Kelly Liu was all in preflop and at risk against tablemate Jia Wang.
Liu looked good to double up holding A♠A♥ against Wang’s A♣K♠ and the aces would stand up as the cards landed 2♣K♣6♠J♥7♥.
Despite the setback for Wang she still has a healthy 630,000 in chips.
4:35pm: Cheam saved by the river
Alvin Cheam moved all in preflop for his 192,000 in chips before Dong Guo made the call to put him at risk. Guo tabled his J♠J♦ prematurely as the big blind had still yet to act but the player did fold and Cheam revealed his A♠Q♥.
Things were looking bleak by the turn for Cheam when the board of 9♠2♠6♦10♣ left him needing an ace or a queen to stay in the tournament. Much to his delight the Q♣ river rolled off and he scored a double up instead of being sent out the door.
After that hand Guo falls to 180,000.
4:15pm: Santos Armendariz slapped by a cooler
Inaki Joseba Santos Armendariz was just punished by a cold deck in a hand against Simon Ngan.
We arrived at the river with the board reading 7♣7♦4♦10♣3♣ and the two players had all the chips in the middle.
Santos Armendariz held pocket tens for a turned full house and the second nuts but Ngan could beat it with pocket sevens for a flopper four of a kind.
Santos Armendariz was out of his seat at the sight of his opponent’s hand but returned once he realised he still had chips. After that he’ll be hoping to take his last 158,000 and run it up.
4:00pm: Level 20 begins, blinds are 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
3:50pm: Early eliminations continue as Chen exits
Players are flying out the door in this first level as Weihang Chen was the next casualty is a spate of eliminations.
Chen opened the action to 21,000 and after the player on the button called, Huitong Cao squeezed from the small blind to 135,000. When the decision was back on Chen he moved all in over the top for an extra 469,000 in chips.
The caller gave it up before Cao asked for a count and went into the tank. After some considerable thought Cao committed the chips and the cards went on their backs.
Chen was after a queen to keep his Red Dragon run alive but the 4♦10♥3♠9♥7♦ run out didn’t oblige. He left the tournament area as Cao stacked up his mountain of chips.
Hao Shen recently found himself all in and at risk against tablemate Riyota Hisayama.
Shen needed some help to stay alive and while he found a gut shot straight draw on the 4♠9♥8♠ flop, the 3♦ turn and 10♥ river bricked off to see Shen eliminated.
That hand brings Hisayama up to 345,000 in chips.
3:15pm: Rough run out leaves Ip reeling
Dawson Ip was just sent packing in the early stages here after he got all the money in preflop with pocket aces but couldn’t hold.
Liang Xu: A♠Q♦
Ip was in a commanding position preflop but the Q♠Q♣9♦ flop immediately meant he was drawing to just one out. He would never find it on the 6♣ turn or 8♦ river and was dealt an unlucky elimination.
His opponent Xu on the other hand stacked up some newly acquired chips for a total count of 680,000.
3:00pm: Cards in the air!
We’re live again! Tournament official Rex Cheong has just told the players it’s time to shuffle up and deal.
Blinds will recommence at 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante and the average stack at the start of proceedings sits at 293,181.
Let’s see who of our last 55 can make it all the way down to the final table tonight.
MPC24 Red Dragon Day 3 gearing up
The penultimate day.
Where our remaining 55 players will fight down to a final table.
Once again Kamel Mokhammad will be the man to chase. After finishing as chip leader on Day 1b he did it again yesterday, bagging up 905,000 when play concluded.
We’ll be back underway at 3:00pm and as the plan is to finish with our final table set, there’s no predicted finishing time tonight.
As usual we’ll be covering everything you need to know from right here in Macau. Keep your browser locked to the PokerStars Blog as we make our way towards a final table!
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