MPC 26 Highlights: Chen, Aido, Cheung win Trophies. Lin Defeated

Here are some highlights of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC), a 17 day Festival running from February 3-19, 2017 at PokerStars Live Macau.

Celina Lin one spot short of making history

Feng Wen Chen and Celina Lin (Photo Long Guan, Courtesy of PokerStars)

In a surprising turn of events, Feng Wen Chen defeated the Queen of Asian Poker Celina Lin in the Baby Dragon Event which had a buy-in of HK$8,000.  PokerStars Team Asia Pro Lin, who had previously won 2 Red Dragon Events, wanted to make history once again by winning another Dragon title.  But alas, Lin’s lowest pair didn’t hold when Chen got a Q to complete his gutshot straight for the win.

Chen took home HK$915,000 ($117,919) for outlasting a field of 602 players, breaking the record of participation in precious years.  This is Chen’s biggest cash earning in his poker career.

Place (Top 10) First Name Last Name Prize (HKD)
1 Feng Wen Chen $915,000
2 Celina Lin $565,000
3 Chun-hung Chen $350,000
4 Min Soon Lim $267,000
5 Bolong Xiao $185,000
6 Sheng Jie Fan $147,000
7 Minggeng Bo $120,000
8 Artem Lobus $101,000
9 Xiang Liu $83,968
10 Lester Edoc $71,200

Park Yu “Sparrow” Cheung wins HK$50,000 No Limit Hold’em Event

Park Yu Cheung (Photo Long Guan, Courtesy of PokerStars)

Park Yu “Sparrow” Cheung, President of the HKPPA and 8th in Hong Kong’s All Time Money List, won the HK$50,000 No Limit Event which had a total participation of 101 players.  This is the first time this event is being hosted at the MPC.

Heads-up, Cheung made a deal with Raghav Bansal, ranked 7th in India’s All Time Money List, to alter the payout between the 1st and the 2nd place.

In the end, Cheung took home the coveted trophy and HK$981,500 ($126,489) while Bansal took HK$1,067,500 ($137,572)  for 2nd place.

Place (Top 10) First Name Last Name Prize (HKD)
1 Sparrow Park Yu Cheung $981,500
2 Raghav Bansal $1,067,500
3 Shashank Rathi $552,600
4 Ivan Seng Yee Leow $437,400
5 Hon Cheong Lee $345,300
6 Sergio Aido $299,300
7 Xuming Qi $253,300
8 Kelvin John Beattie $207,200
9 Winfred Yu $161,200
10 Linh Tran $115,090

Sergio Aido from Spain wins the Single Day High Roller Event

Sergio Aido (Photo Long Guan, Courtesy of PokerStars)

Sergio Aido took down the HK$100,000 Single Day High Roller Event winning a whopping HK$2,074,000 ($267,290) for his efforts.  And great effort was what he put in when he ensured he didn’t concede his 3-1 chip lead to Yuan Li from China in an 80 minute heads-up game.

Outlasting 81 players, Aido’s cash earnings on this event was definitely a good addition to what he earned last year when he placed 3rd in 2 events in last year’s  Triton Super High Roller Series – the Main Event for HK$6,580,900 ($848,557) and the HK$200,000 No Limit Hold’em Event for HK$1,129,400 ($145,631).

Place First Name Last Name Prize (HKD)
1 Sergio Aido $2,074,000
2 Yuan Li $1,474,000
3 Mikita Badziakouski $965,000
4 John-Paul Kelly $743,000
5 Jordan Westmorland $588,100
6 Pete Yen Han Chen $460,000
7 Celina Lin $362,000
8 Nick Cho Fai Wong $283,000
9 Wing Cheong Chong $215,000
10 Sparrow Park Yu Cheung $188,500
11 Jake Cody $188,500

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Article Gabrielle Barredo

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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