MPC 26: The Red Dragon Main Event by the numbers

The Macau Poker Cup (MPC) has been running from February 3-19, 2017 at the PokerStars Live Macau in City of Dreams.  It features the Red Dragon Main Event that has a buy-in of HK$15,000 and guarantees a massive prize pool of HK$10,000,000.

The Main Event has been running and is now down to 75 players.  But there are just certain significant info and details we need to know before we find out who the last man standing will be.

Here’s the MPC Red Dragon Event in short:


PokerStars Live Macau (Photo Long Guan – Courtesy of PokerStars)

Country Representation:  44 Nations are represented in the Red Dragon Event with 62% coming from China.

Breaking Records: The MPC Red Dragon is the largest freezeout tournament in Asia with 1,216 entries, beating previous records.

Prize Pool: The prize pool has gone beyond the guarantee of HK$10,000,000 and has reached HK$15,923,520 (approx. US$2 Million)

In the Money: 144 Players has been able to cash, the minimum of which was HK$31,650 while first place will receive a whopping HK$3,265,000 (approx. US$420,000)

Player & Chip Count Update

Rundulf Gonzales (Photo Long Guan – Courtesy of PokerStars)

Rundulf Martin Gonzales: Rundulf Gonzales from the Philippines is chip leader with 993,000 chips

Terry Fan: 3rd in Taiwan’s All Time Money List, Terry Fan is 6th in chips with 631,000

JP Kelly:  English Poker Pro JP Kelly was overall chip leader for the starting flights. He has now 206,000 chips.

Notables into Day 3: Alan Lau (298,000), Dong Guo  (180,000),  Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (109,000) and Quan Zhou (103,000)

In the Money:  Sparrow Cheung (105th for HK$34,800), Vivian Im (128th for HK$31,650) 

Top 10
1: Gonzales Rundulf – 993,000
2: Xiong Da – 783,000
3: Chung Timothy – 773,000
4: Dalle Ismail – 731,000
5: Yin Jixue – 668,000
6: Fan Terry Yun-hsiang – 631,000
7:  Lee Alan Shao Hung – 590,000
8: Li Longxiang – 574,000
9: Li Hang – 573,000
10: Santos Armendariz Inaki – 573,000

Article by 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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