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Tournament Report: Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event (MPCC) 2011

Macau Poker Cup Championship
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  • PG News October 21, 2011
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MPCC was a dramatic finale to the Macau Poker Series and saw record breaking numbers and prizepools. The HKD $20,000 Main Event was undoubtedly the highlight of the series and 308 runners ensured that the $4.5 Million Guarantee was easily crushed, ballooning the prizepool to a whopping HKD $5,553,856, making this the largest-ever MPCC! However, all eyes were on the HKD $ 1.25 Million 1st prize-money for which one had to last 4 days of deepstack poker play, ensuring a great fight before the champion was crowned.

Team PokerGuru Pro Sangeeth Mohan led India`s campaign at the MPCC and he was accompanied by WGF Champion Bobbe Suri in the Main Event. PokerGuru member Sandeep Vasoya also made the trip all the way from Mumbai having won a PokerStars sponsored Main Event Package and even enjoyed staying at the luxurious Hotel Grand Lisboa courtesy of PokerStars.

Sangeeth Mohan
Sangeeth Mohan
Bobbe Suri
Bobbe Suri

The main event featured 2 starting days and as expected Day 1A started out with a smaller field of 121 runners out of which 58 survived at the end of the day’s play. Sunny Jung from Korea was the chip leader with 159,125 in tournament chips and trailing him were Richard Hu (110,750 chips), Johan Hirvonen (85,575 chips) and Seijiro Machi (83,975 chips) in the top 4 spots. Other notables that proceeded to Day 2 were Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu (46,975 chips), No.1 ranked Asia Player of the Year Shaq Lin (30,550 chips), No. 3 Haifeng Xue (76,925 chips) and, PokerStars sponsored players Neil Arce (62,100 chips) and Justin Chan (36,000 chips).

Day 1B drew a record 187 players and among the runners were Team PokerGuru Pro Sangeeth Mohan and World Gaming Festival Poker Tournament winner Bobbe Suri. The poker gods were not too kind to Sangeeth and Bobbe with both of them failing to get past Day 1. PokerStars Qualifier Sandeep Vasoya who started on Day 1A had already managed to proceed to Day 2 though his short stack didn’t take him far. At the end of the day’s play 92 players survived with China’s Yue Qing Zhoufrom in the lead with 117,800 chips. Other notables advancing to Day 2 included No. 10 for Asia Player of the Year Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (62,200 chips), No. 4 ranked Asia Player of the Year Raiden Kan (74,225 chips), No. 6 Ion Sang Song (39,425 chips), PokerStars sponsored players Nobuhiro Yabuuchi (19,550 chips) and Kenny Shih (19,225 chips).

Sandeep Vasoya at the MPCC Main Event
Sandeep Vasoya at the MPCC Main Event

Day 2 began with 150 runners and included a remarkable number of 50 PokerStars players. 43 players ended the day and we were just short of the money with 4 more eliminations to go for the money bubble to burst. Australian William Jones was the Day 2 chip leader with 387,400 chips. Sunny Jung (335,000 chips), Seijiro Machi (288,900 chips), Gordon Huntley (274,600 chips), Tadashi Yachida (259,700 chips), Scot Calcagno (255,900 chips), Charles Lam (225,100 chips), Richard Hu (220,500 chips), Raiden Kan (203,700 chips) were the other players above the 200K mark at the end of play. Other notables proceeding to Day 3 included PokerStars players Gabyong Kim (191,800 chips) and Ivan Tan (79,200 chips); No. 1 ranked Asia Player of the Year Hung-sheng “Shaq” Lin (183,400 chips) who continued his impressive form and was looking hungry to add some more APOY points to his name. He was joined by PokerStars sponsored players Justin Chan (114,700 chips) and Nobuhiro Yabuuchi (67,400 chips); and No. 3 ranked Haifeng Xue.

Hung-sheng “Shaq” Lin
Hung-sheng “Shaq” Lin

The final table on Day 3 included No. 4 ranked Asia Player of the year Raiden Kan, No. 1 ranked Shaq Lin and No. 11 ranked Charles Lam. Raiden Kan entered the final table as the chip leader with 1,237,000 chips and continued his dominance all the way to the title defeating Victor Chong of Malaysia heads-up to cash-in the massive HKD $1,250,000 prize-money; the MPCC title and moved to 4th place on the Asia Player of the Year 2011 list.

Raiden Kan- MPCC Main Event Champion
Raiden Kan- MPCC Main Event Champion

Final Table Payouts

1Raiden KanMalaysiaHKD 1,250,000
2Victor ChongMalaysiaHKD 860,800
3Hau Huang ChangTaiwanHKD 511,000
4Chester LeeMalaysiaHKD 402,700
5Charles LamHong KongHKD 319,300
6Hung-sheng LinChinese TaipeiHKD 263,800
7Richard HuChinaHKD 208,300
8Sunny JungKoreaHKD 152,700
9Seijiro MachiJapanHKD 125,056

Hung-sheng “Shaq” Lin from China Taipei continued his impressive run and 2 final table cashes at the MPCC was all he needed to cement his place on top of the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) Leaderboard. He currently has 4,955 points and his closest competitor is more than 1,500 points away. The stage is set for APPT Macau which is due to begin next month (November 17th-27th ) which after the resounding success of the MPCC way very well turn out to be the biggest Poker Tournament in ASIA!

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