The first event of the ever popular Macau Poker Cup has been won by Taiwanese player Pipi Huang. 27-year-old Huang, who works as an engineer in his home country, reigned supreme in the cup’s Deepstack Event, taking home HK$131,000 (around US$16,870). While it may seem like a modest payout compared to those at other major poker events, it’s a very nice pay day for Huang given the HK$2,000 (around US$260) buy-in.
It was an even sweeter victory for Huang, who mostly plays online poker, as it was his first live tournament trophy. On top of this, he was also the runner-up in the very same event in last year’s Cup, undoubtedly helping to make him a happy man after this year’s improved performance. Fellow Taiwanese player Kai Yang settled for runner-up in the Deepstack, winning HK$90,000 (around US$11,590) for his efforts in the first event.
Organisers of the Macau Poker Cup are also likely to be happy given the popularity it has garnered in the early stages of the ten-day event. The Deepstack Event attracted 334 poker players from all over Asia and the world, the most for a side event held at the Cup since its inception. Other events currently underway at the event have also started with upwards of 300 players.
Now in its fifth day, the Cup will hold two tournaments tonight – the second and last day of the HK$5,000 KO Bounty and a HK$3,000 no-limit turbo event. A satellite to the premier tournament in the Cup, the Red Dragon Main Event, is also being held.
With a HK$5,000,000 Guarantee, the Red Dragon Main Event is set to begin tomorrow night, with the winner to be determined this coming Sunday. Other tourneys, such as a HK$20,000, HK$6,000 no-limit events, along with a HK$2,500 KO Bounty, will also be held while the Red Dragon takes place.