The 20th Macau Poker Cup has gotten underway in the Asian gaming mecca and a record number of participants showed up to play.
A total field of 995 took to the felt on the event’s three starting flights, easily passing the previous record field of 891 players that was set in January 2013.
Day 1c chip leader Lante Zhang will have the chip lead going into Day 2, with the Chinese player attaining a chip stack of 188,700. That is slightly higher than the stack of Day 1a leader Ka Cheong Wong, who is second on the chip ladder with 176,500 chips.
Many eyes will also likely be on Terry Fan as he aims to win a second straight Red Dragon event. Fan is currently in a solid position to do just that as he enters the second day of play third on the chip ladder with 176,200 chips to his name.
The aforementioned players are just three of a field of 223 who made the cut to Day 2 and all of them will be looking to claim the coveted title of Red Dragon over the next four days.
Zhang propelled himself into the chip leader position in the closing moments of Day 1c as he won a showdown against an opponent in one of the last hands of the night. Zhang called his opponent’s all-in shove with pocket Jacks, while his opponent had King-Seven offsuit.
The Jacks were good on the two hearts, one diamond flop, and while the Jack of hearts on the turn gave Zhang a set, it also gave his opponent a flush draw as his King was also a heart. The flush did not come, however, as the Ten of Spades appeared on the river, meaning that Zhang’s set of Jacks won the hand.
Tournament organisers also released the prize pool for the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon event on Day 1c. The top 117 players in this event will be in the money, with the minimum cash prize being HK$19,100 (around US$2,460).
Ninth place (the first player to leave the final table) stands to earn HK$143,000 (around US$18,435) while the top two players will leave with seven figure sums (in Hong Kong dollars, of course). The prize for second place stands at HK$1,337,000 (around US$172,380), while the player who is crowned the Red Dragon will also receive HK$2,010,000 (around US$259,155), a significant boost to their bank balance.
Day 2 of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon is set to be played later today at the City of Dreams in Macau. As always, we at PokerUpdate will keep readers up to date on the event as it progresses over the coming days.