This year we saw the largest field in the history of the Macau Poker Cup of 995 entrants, but after three days of tournament play: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, we are now down to our final players.
It was a disappointing end for those who made it to the last eighteen as they got a sniff of the final table. They watched as two tables played side by side with players on each glancing over to see if there were any eliminations on the opposite felts, meaning they would be one step closer to an extra day in the City of Dreams Casino’s PokerStars LIVE poker room for the final table showdown and of course a step closer to the HK 2,000,000 first place prize.
Buyanjargal Bold reached the final table second in chips as the final elimination was confirmed, and he is closely followed by the only one of two other players that has managed to run over the 2 million chip mark, the well know Akash Malik from India third in chips. The jump into fourth is Fei Xie from China next in line with almost 1 million chips splitting up the lead between fourth and third place.
Yesterday’s Day 2 chip leader Lei Gao looked as if he had a strong claim for a final table appearance, but it wasn’t his day after being forced to exit giving up the Day 2 chip lead to the final table’s Victor Teng from Australia, who sits with a mammoth 3,535,000.
The Final Table Seats and Chip Leaders
1st) Victor Teng from Australia – 3,535,000 (Seat 9)
2nd) Buyanjargal Bold from Mongolia – 2,700,000 (Seat 1)
3rd) Akash Malik from India – 2,285,000 (Seat 2)
4th) Fei Xie from China – 1,355,000 (Seat 3)
5th) Richard Hu from USA – 1,265,000 (Seat 4)
6th) Terry Fan from Chinese Taipei – 1,150,000 (Seat 7)
7th) Xiao Lin from China – 1,025,000 (Seat 8)
8th) Percy Yung from Hong Kong – 760,000 (Seat 5)
9th) Jianhong Liu from China – 640,000 (Seat 6)
Jimmy Pan was the bubble boy for the tournament as he hit the rails in tenth place with a HK$119,400 payoff. Pan had Ac-2d and shoved only to be confronted with Victor Teng wired with two black Queens. Pan needed a miracle Ace to survive with the 2d looking insignificant. The board ran out a two on the flop giving Pan two extra outs, but two blanks came on the turn and river showing a final board of Kc-2c-4d-9h-3s.
Despite his exit just short of the final table, it seems Pan is turning out to be a tough opponent in these events after he proved himself in the APPT finishing as the runner-up.
Right now the tournament suggests that the top three are sure to make it deeper into the final table cash spots while the short stacks need a double double-up to mount a challenge on the unstoppable Aussie leading the way into the final day of the tournament.
The Remaining Prize Pool (in HKD)