Celina Lin Flying High in Record Setting Red Dragon Field

Red Dragon attracts huge field

The headline event of the Macau Poker Cup has always been the Red Dragon Main Event, with the premier live tournament enjoying large fields as its prominence on the Asian poker calendar has grown. Although already optimistic about the field size for this one, organisers will have been very pleasantly surprised by the 1,145 entries. This number not only exceeds the personal best field for a Red Dragon Event, but also sets a new benchmark for the largest freezeout tournament ever hosted in Asia.

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Red Dragon (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)

The total prize pool for this tournament now stands at HK$11,995,020 (USD$1,556,457) with 135 payout spots allocated. The champion is set to take home HK$2,509,000 (USD$325,564). Countless familiar faces have turned up to be involved in this momentous tournament, with many of them going on to have a very successful first day.

Two days of action in the books

Each of the three day 1 flights saw Pokerstars Live Macau room filled with players at the start of play, but it didn’t take long for the competitors to find some elbow room. More than three-quarters of the field would hit the rail over the course of the starting days, with only 270 progressing to day 2. The remaining field contained a strong contingent of pros, with several of them bagging up six figure stacks. Jason Wai Tung Lo carried 136,200 forward, Leon Li-Ta Hsu bagged up 100,100 and Dong Guo took 166,800 through to the second day. Raghav Bansal also accumulated 131,000 during the first day.

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Dong Guo (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)

Notable names Dong Guo, Sparrow Cheung, Raghav Bansal and Pete Chen all fell during the second day, but managed to cash as the field quickly shrank through the day. Only 59 players survived to pull up a chair for day 3, and while Leon Li-Ts Hsu did not make it, Jason Lo finished up with 261,000. Jack Salter put together a stronger stack of 475,000, with Feng Weng Chen leading the way on 997,000. Australia’s Geoffrey Mooney is his nearest challenger with 679,000.

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Jason Lo (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)

Two-time champ Celina Lin chipping up

Celina Lin has enjoyed a truly remarkable run of form in the Red Dragon event over the years, and remains the only player to have ever lifted the trophy twice. She doesn’t appear to have settled for two either, as she has been a force throughout this tournament and managed to bag up an impressive 410,000 chips at the end of day 2.

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Celina Lin (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)

Lin currently sits in 13th on the leaderboard and remains the biggest story in the field with just 59 left. If she can complete a third Red Dragon triumph it would undoubtedly be an amazing accomplishment, but there is still another full day before the final table is set. Tomorrow we will find out who the names of those finalists will be.

  Last Name First Name Table Seat Chip Count
1 Chen Feng Wen 4 9 997,000
2 Mooney Geoffrey 4 7 679,000
3 Wong Hoi 4 3 591,000
4 Qiu Shuai 6 7 585,000
5 Su Hao 5 2 542,000
6 Lu Xun 3 8 523,000
7 Harada Go 5 7 512,000
8 Salter Jack Zi Yang 2 5 475,000
9 Lee Daniel Hyongin 3 7 469,000
10 Alner Tom 6 3 468,000
11 Song Liang 5 1 438,000
12 Chen Wenxiang 6 8 411,000
13 Lin Celina 4 2 410,000
14 Li Yu 1 6 403,000
15 Chong Victor Fook Kiong 1 1 398,000
16 Cai Hui 4 8 398,000
17 Xu Liang 7 8 394,000
18 Ko Yuki 1 2 387,000
19 Sun Sheng 6 6 363,000
20 Smirnov Alexey 7 2 363,000
21 Liu Xiao 3 2 359,000
22 Zhu Jingxuan 6 2 353,000
23 Mascunana Manuel Iii 2 7 342,000
24 Laodee Paphawin 5 9 337,000
25 Noda Hiroyuki 1 9 320,000
26 Ye Binyu 7 9 302,000
27 Tu Nan 6 5 301,000
28 Miao Jia 2 4 284,000
29 Ma Yanjun 2 9 267,000
30 Lo Jason Wai Tung 2 1 261,000
31 Shin Jae Wook 5 3 249,000
32 Tong Yanzhong 3 5 233,000
33 Zhao Xiaozhou 4 1 222,000
34 Wang Yanfeng 2 2 219,000
35 O’donoghue Liam Oliver 3 9 215,000
36 Kuo Chun Liang 1 3 214,000
37 Tan Jingsheng 6 1 201,000
38 Lyu Qi 1 7 194,000
39 Xie Tao 7 7 190,000
40 Yu Zheng 2 3 178,000
41 Nietsche Stefan 5 6 178,000
42 Ng Sau Chin 3 4 174,000
43 Hamnet Benjamin 6 9 164,000
44 Shao Leshi 2 6 162,000
45 Lin Wai Tat 5 5 158,000
46 Lian Shuyu 2 8 123,000
47 Chang Chia Lin 7 3 119,000
48 Yan Zi Qin 3 1 114,000
49 Yang Fang-kai 3 3 113,000
50 Duan Qifeng 3 6 108,000
51 Jiang Ying 4 6 108,000
52 Zhou Xiao Bo 5 4 106,000
53 Guo Hui 1 8 97,000
54 Wang Jing 4 4 96,000
55 Qian Hu 7 6 88,000
56 Cheng Kelvin Kwun Yip 7 1 82,000
57 Ngan Simon Kwun Wah 4 5 80,000
58 Chen Si 1 4 55,000
59 Yan Zhiyong 7 5 27,000

Full coverage: Macau Poker Cup 25

Article by Craig B.


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