Dong Woo KangDong Woo Kang Leads Day 1a; Steicke, Huntly, Feldman in Contention

Day 1a of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Main Event has come to an end with the 283 player field trimmed down to leave just 97 players chasing the first major title in Macau for 2012.

The day started out with a bigger than expected turnout with the MPC: Red Dragon record of 217 (set in February 2011) for a Day 1a field smashed before a single card would be dealt.

As play started it would be Macau regulars Hiafeng Xue and Yvo Molin out of the blocks early before cult hero David Steicke arrived late but immediately started making his way up the leaderboard. There would be some very interesting hands witnessed throughout the day as the likes of overseas players Steicke, Gordon Huntly, Andrew Feldman and Nicky Tao Jin all started to gather some momentum. However it would be Kazakhstan player Roman Paxyuth (pictured) that would soar to the top as play slowly began wrapping up.

As the chips were bagged and tagged however, it would be Korean player Dong Woo Kang snatching the title of chip leader with an amassed 125,200 in chips followed closely by Lu Chen (121,100) and Paxyuth (114,800). Two more players sat in the six-figure club while Huntly (97,400), Jin (83,300), Feldman (53,800) and Steicke (32,200) were just a few of the notables making it through to day two.

Full list of Day 1a chip counts.

Day 1b is set to kick off Friday evening at 8:10 p.m. (GMT+8) with a similar sized field expected to take to the felt to smash the biggest ever MPC: Red Dragon field of 509. Make sure to stay tuned to the Poker Asia Pacific coverage live from the PokerStars Macau poker room at the Grand Lisboa.



Play Concludes

The final hand has been dealt for Day 1a of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Main Event, and with the chips being bagged and the final numbers being tallied, Poker Asia Pacific will provide you with a comprehensive wrap shortly.

Two More Hands

The Tournament Director has just announced that there are two more hands for the evening.

Lee and Hong Sitting Pretty

As we wound down on the end of play, it is Zhu Hong and Shao-Hung Lee in the best shape as they both sit with around 95,000.

Level Up, Blinds 800-1,600, ante 200

Huntly Pushes

There was roughly 8,000 in the pot with the flop reading K spades8 clubsQ hearts, and following a continuation-bet of 9,000, Gordon Huntly bumped it up to 23,000 from the button. The small blind smooth-called before the preflop raiser folded his hand as the 9 spades landed on the turn.

Both players checked, and when the 10 clubs landed on the river, the small blind would again tap the table before Huntly pushed all in for 18,800. The small blind eventually folded as Huntly raked in the pot to move to roughly 80,000 in chips.

Steicke Over 70k

David Steicke opened the action from middle position with a raise to 2,900 and found one caller from the player in the small blind as the flop was spread 7 spades7 diams2 spades.

The small blind led for 3,000 only to have Steicke bump it to 8,000. The small blind made the call before both players checked the A hearts on the turn before the 4 diams completed the board on the river.

Leading again, the small blind tossed in a bet of 9,000 which Steicke instantly called as the small blind tabled his K spades9 spades for a busted flush draw. Steicke quickly rolled over his A spades4 spades, tapped the ace, and happily raked in the pot to move to roughly 72,000 in chips.

Scott Silenced

Andrew Scott has just been sent to the rail.

Scott committed with king-ten, but was up against an opponent's ace-ten - and when the board blanked out, Scott was forced to say his goodbyes.

Who Will Reach 100k?

Player Chip Count
Yi Po Lee 67,000
Andrew Feldman 57,000
Sparrow Cheung 55,000
David Steicke 55,000


Celina Lin

PokerStars Macau: By Final Tables

Have you ever wondered who has won the most? Who has made the most final tables? Or who has amassed the most Asia Player of the Year points? Well if the answer to those questions was a yes, then read on because we have the top ten in each category with final tables being this post’s topic.

Some people believe that titles and winnings can be somewhat random and that a true measurement of a poker player is their consistency of reaching final tables. For Hung-sheng Lin and Celina Lin (pictured), they hope you believe it too because they both sit atop of the list with 15 final tables each.

Top 10 Players by Final Tables

  • Hung-sheng Lin (Chinese Taipei) – 15 final tables, 2 titles
  • Celina Lin (China) – 15, 1
  • Raiden Kan (Malaysia) – 14, 2
  • Aaron Hung-Chang Lin (Chinese Taipei) – 13,2
  • Milton De Spain (Macau) – 13, 0
  • Bryan Huang (Singapore) – 12, 3
  • Ted Wang (China) – 11, 2
  • Sparrow Cheung (Hong Kong) – 10, 2
  • Alexandre Chieng (China) – 10, 0
  • Chen An Lin (Chinese Taipei) – 9, 3


For complete All-Time List by Final Tables please click here.

Play Resumes

The cards are back in the air with blinds at 600-1,200 and a 200 ante. 

There will be just one more hour of play; which will equate to one-and-a-half levels of play.



Break Time

The remaining 130 players are heading on a 10-minute break.

Kai KO'd

Kai Paulson pushed all in from the cutoff for his last 7,600 and was called by one of the blinds.

Paulson: K spades5 diams
Opponent: 9 clubs7 hearts

The board ran out K clubsQ clubs3 clubs7 spades8 clubs to see Paulson rivered and sent to the rail.

Nicky Finds a Double

We were unsure of the action, but with the board reading 4 clubs10 clubs5 diams9 spades3 diams it was Nicky Tao Jin's 10 spades8 clubs besting his opponent's K clubsJ clubs.

As Jin raked in the pot, he moved to roughly 58,000 in chips.

Seal Out

Emanuel Seal flirted with the chip lead at several points today, but currently he is standing behind Gordon Huntly watching the action unfold.

With Seal's chair empty, one can only assume that he has been eliminated.

Level Up, Blinds 500-1,000, ante 100

Chipping Up

Player Chip Count
Yi Po Lee 70,000
David Steicke 51,000
Andrew Feldman 49,000
Emanuel Seal 40,000
Mark Segal 36,000


Cockburn KO'd

From the cutoff, Craig Cockburn pushed for roughly his last 7,000 and was called by the button.

Cockburn: A hearts2 hearts
Opponent: A diamsQ diams

The board ran out 8 heartsJ diams10 clubsQ clubsJ hearts to see Cockburn eliminated.

Xue Exits

Following a raise to 3,000 and a call, Haifeng Xue three-bet shoved all in for his last 17,825 from the cutoff. The big blind moved all in also for his last 18,750 before the original raiser made the call to put both players at risk.

Xue: 8 hearts8 diams
Big Blind: A spadesA clubs
Original Raiser: K clubsK spades

The board was spread 2 clubs4 hearts2 diams9 heartsJ diams to see Xue sent to the rail as the big blind tripled up to roughly 58,000 in chips.

Level Up, Blinds 400-800, ante 100

Xue Four-Bets

With a raise to 1,650 and a three-bet by Julian Hasse to 3,425, Haifeng Xue moved all in from the small blind for 10,650.

The first raiser folded, and although getting better than two-to-one, Hasse eventually kicked his cards to the muck to see Xue - who at one point was the big chip leader - move to roughly 16,000 in chips.

Feldman Climbing

Just a few orbits ago Andrew Feldman was sitting with roughly 8,500 in chips - good for 14-big blinds.

However the UK poker pro is now sitting with a very healthy 49,000 in chips after - what we can only assume - going on a massive heater to soar up the ranks to sit just a few places from the top of the leaderboard. 

Feldman - who has been reportedly playing the high stakes cash games here in Macau - seems quite relaxed at the moment as he chats with Nicky Tao Jin who sits with 23,000 in chips.

Lin Legged

From middle position, Hung-sheng Lin pushed his last 7,200 into the pot and was called by a player on the button.

Lin: 6 clubs6 spades
Opponent: K diamsK clubs

The board ran out 5 diams5 spadesQ clubsK spades9 diams to see the 2011 Asia Player of the Year eliminated.

Bobo Still Alive

Daoxing "Bobo" Chen is still alive in today's flight after finding a double.

Chen pushed his last 2,725 into the pot holding just 8 hearts6 diams and was called by an opponent holding K diams10 diams. The 9 diams8 spades5 clubs7 diamsA spades board would see Chen spike a straight to double through to roughly 7,000 in chips.

Hung-sheng Lin

PokerStars Macau: By Points

Have you ever wondered who has won the most? Who has made the most final tables? Or who has amassed the most Asia Player of the Year points? Well if the answer to those questions was a yes, then read on because we have the top ten in each category starting here with points.

The Asia Player of the Year (APOY) rankings system measures a combination of consistency, buy-ins and place finished. Hung-sheng Lin has had an amazing two years which resulted in his APOY victory in 2011. Raiden Kan sits in second due to his consistency as being Malaysia’s top-ranked player for the past three consecutive years as the top ten rounds out as follows.

Top 10 Players by APOY Points

  • Hung-sheng Lin (Chinese Taipei) – 8,606 points
  • Raiden Kan (Malaysia) – 7,885
  • Tae Joon Noh (Korea) – 5,954
  • Bryan Huang (Singapore) – 5,884
  • Celina Lin (China) – 5,828
  • Chen An Lin (Chinese Taipei) – 5,747
  • Aaron Hung-Chang Lin (Chinese Taipei) – 5,643
  • Devan Tang (Hong Kong) – 4,808
  • Kitty Kuo (Chinese Taipei) – 4,752
  • Justin Chan (Hong Kong) – 3,878

For a complete All-Time List by Points please click here.

Play Resumes, Blinds 300-600, ante 75

The cards are now back in the air with roughly 210 players remaining.



Break Time

The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break.

Scott Back with Chips

Andrew Scott (pictured) is back in business after recently eliminating an opponent. Scott held 5 hearts5 spades against an opponent's A heartsJ spades and when the board was spread Q hearts10 clubs8 spades7 diams5 diams, Scott sent a player packing while moving to 26,000 in chips.

Poker is a Funny Game

When you come to Macau to report on poker tournaments you are bound to be puzzled by some plays that occur. One player has often supplied poker reporters with interesting hands, and today he has done so again.

We caught the action with a limp of 400 under the gun, one from middle position and one from the button before Daoxing Chen moved all in from the small blind for 11,500 - roughly 29 big blinds. The first limper went into the tank before folding as the other two active players quickly kicked their cards to the muck.

Chen nodded his head and flashed the J diams before collecting the pot after making somewhat of an over-bet shove. 

Sayonara Machi and Hayamizu

Two Japanese players have been sent to the rail over the last few orbits with Seijiro Machi and Manami Hayamizu both being eliminated.

With those two recent eliminations, the field is now down to just 219 players.

Chan Slipping

With a raise to 900 ahead of him, Justin Chan made the call next to act as the flop fell 5 clubs7 heartsA diams. His opponent fired out a continuation-bet of 1,050 which Chan called before both players checked the A spades on the turn.

The 9 clubs on the river saw a bet of 2,050 follow from the preflop aggressor as Chan spent the better part of three minutes deliberating before making the call. Unfortunately for Chan, his opponent's 10 clubs10 hearts would be the best hand as he slipped to roughly 4,200 in chips.

Level Up, Blinds 200-400, ante 50

Yoon Busts

We witnessed Daren Yoon making a quick exit to the rail, and when we noticed that his seat was empty of chips, our assumptions of him being eliminated were confirmed.

Speaking to Yoon he detailed to us his elimination hand. After losing a set to a flush previously, Yoon opted to flat the big blind with pocket nines after a raise from an opponent in early position. The jack-nine-four flop brought two hearts with it, and Yoon bet out only to be raised. Yoon followed by making an over-bet shove and his opponent made the call holding aces.

Unfortunately for Yoon, his unlucky week continued here in Macau as an ace spike on the river to send him to the rail.

Michael MariakisOptimal Line Taken by Mariakis

The action folded right round to Michael Mariakis (pictured) on the button and he raised to limped for 300. Both blinds came along to see a 8 clubsA spades9 clubs flop fall and once they checked, Mariakis bet out checked behind.

The turn of the J hearts saw another scary card fall and once the blinds checked once again, Mariakis took this opportunity to fire out a bet check behind again. The river of the 10 diams saw ... yep, you guessed it ... checks follow from the blinds before Mariakis decided to take this street as a chance to win the pot by betting 850.

The small blind mucked, but the big blind snap-called with his Q spades9 spades as Mariakis slipped to 16,000 in chips.

Siu Exits

Jimmy Siu has just been sent to the rail unable to gather any momentum after being crippled earlier with his pocket aces.

Siu: 3 spades3 diams
Opponent: Q clubsQ diams

The board ran out 9 spades10 spadesJ diams10 heartsJ clubs to see Siu unable to spike his two-outer and be forced to exit to the rail.

Level Up, Blinds 150-300, ante 25

Sitting Pretty Up Top

Player Chip Count
Haifeng Xue 47,500
David Steicke 39,500
Yvo Molin 32,100
Julian Hasse 28,700
Ted Wang 27,500


Scott's Insta-Call is Wrong

Six limpers for 200 saw a 2 spades9 spadesJ clubs flop which was checked round as the K spades landed on the turn. The action was checked round to Andrew Scott in position who bet out 800 and was called by just one player as the 9 hearts completed the board on the river.

The unknown opponent over-bet 4,000 and Scott insta-called only to be shown the 2 hearts2 clubs of his opponent. Scott mucked and slipped to 10,000 in chips.

Hasse Pushes Out Seijiro

Seijiro Machi opened to 600 only to have Julian Hasse three-bet to 1,900 from the small blind. Machi made the call as the flop was spread 10 clubs7 diams5 diams and Hasse continued for 2,700. 

Machi quickly pushed out a raise to 7,500 only to have Hasse respond by moving all in for close to 28,000. Machi - following his best Hollywood rehearsal - pushed his cards to the muck, tapped the table and slipped to 11,000 as Hasse moved to roughly 30,000 in chips.

PokerStars Macau: By Winnings

Have you ever wondered who has won the most? Who has made the most final tables? Or who has amassed the most Asia Player of the Year points? Well if the answer to those questions was a yes, then read on because we have the top ten in each category starting with winnings.

Late in 2011 Team PokerStars: Online member Randy “nananoko” Lew (pictured) captured the APPT Macau title for HK$3,772,000. Lew’s victory saw him catapult to the top of the winnings list as there isn’t one player who has multiple major titles – and with him winning the biggest of them all – it was no surprise seeing the 26-year old American on top as the biggest winner.

Randy LewTop 10 Players by Winnings

  • Randy Lew (USA) – HK$3,772,000
  • Jimmy Pan (Netherlands) – HK$2,367,000
  • Devan Tang (Hong Kong) – HK$2,086,450
  • Nicholas Cho Fai Wong (Hong Kong) – HK$2,052,800
  • Raiden Kan (Malaysia) – HK$2,023,683
  • Hung-sheng Lin (Chinese Taipei) – HK$1,701,430
  • Zuo Wang (China) – HK$1,429,800
  • Jeff Rossiter (Australia) – HK$1,306,000
  • Julian Hasse (Germany) – HK$1,148,750
  • Mark Benasa (Philippines) – HK$1,100,000

For a complete All-Time List by Winnings please click here.

Play Resumes, Blinds 100-200, ante 25

The cards are back in the air with blinds remaining the same, but a 25-chip ante added to the level.

So far it seems as though the number for today will be a whopping 283 players, and currently 269 of them remain in contention.



Justin Chan

Break Time

The players are heading on a 10-minute break.

Chan Back in the Action

After losing that massive early pot to Yvo Molin in an ugly set-over-set situation, Justin Chan (pictured) has grinded the short stack back to around 6,800. 

Chan pushed holding A diamsJ spades and was called by an opponent's A hearts9 hearts, and when the board was spread J diamsK spadesQ diamsJ heartsJ clubs, Chan doubled through holding quads to sit with just under 35-big blinds.

Feldman Arrives and Chips Up

British poker pro Andrew Feldman took a seat late into the third level, and as play wound down before break, he pushed his stack upwards of 23,000.

There was roughly 6,000 in the pot with the board reading 3 clubs6 clubs5 clubs8 diams10 hearts and Feldman had a yellow 5,000-denomination chip out in front of him. His opponent in the hand deliberated for a few moments before tossing in 2,500 to make the call.

Feldman's bet however - which was confirmed by the dealer, several other players and Feldman - was actually 4,500. Feldman's opponent pulled the bet back as a puzzled Feldman asked what was happening.

His opponent was bound to the 2,500-chip call, and after several minutes thinking about the additional 2,000, he called that too only to be shown the K spades10 spades by Feldman. Feldman's opponent angrily mucked while being left with just 1,500 in chips.

Mariakis Misses Out on Low Flop

Michael Mariakis opened to 500 from middle position only to be three-bet to 1,500 by the player on his immediate left. Mariakis defended his open to see a 9 hearts3 hearts10 spades flop fall before he opted to check-fold to a 1,700-chip continuation-bet.

Mariakis' opponent flashed his K clubsK diams to prompt Mariakis to say, "Your pair was bigger than mine. I needed a low flop!"

Jimmy Siu

Siu Crippled

Catching the action with the board reading 7 hearts3 clubs3 spades9 clubs2 spades we found Jimmy Siu (pictured) and his A clubsA hearts losing to an opponent's 7 clubs7 spades.

On closer inspection it appeared as though Siu bet the river and his opponent smooth-called with his flopped full house to leave Siu with just 3,525 in chips. 

Several hands later, Siu would find himself all in only to chop the blinds up when he and his opponent both held ace-king.

Some of the Chip Leaders

A quick run around the room, and here are a few of the chip leaders.

Player Chip Count
Haifeng Xue 49,000
Yvo Molin 30,000
Seijiro Machi 19,500
Gordon Huntly 19,200


For more chip counts, head over to our chip counts page here.

Level Up, Blinds 100-200

Steicke Seated

As the title suggests ... David Steicke has just taken a seat in the last few seconds of the second level.

Although an alternate being seated doesn't appear to be big news, it is when that alternate is Poker Asia Pacific cult hero Steicke who has - in a word - crushed here in Macau over the past few years. 11 cashes, 9 final tables and 2 wins sees him as one of the most winning players to ever play in Macau.

Scott Starts Off Strong

With the completion of the Event 5: HK$5,000 KO Bounty, a fresh table of alternates have been seated together; one of which is Andrew Scott.

Scott kicked his tournament off in positive fashion taking down a healthy early pot to get the ball rolling. Catching the action on the J spades5 hearts7 hearts flop, Scott checked over to his opponent who bet out 450 into the pot of roughly 700. Scott responded by bumping it up with an under the gun check-raise to 1,625. 

Faced with a call, Scott would lead out for 3,000 when the dealer dropped the 6 diams on the turn, and after a few moments of contemplation, Scott's opponent released his hand to see him move to a few thousand over starting stack.

Segal Can't Beat Aces

On a board reading 10 diamsK diamsK clubsQ clubsK spades we found Mark Segal betting out 800 into a pot of around 1,450.

His lone opponent in the hand deliberated for several moments before tossing in a raise to 2,400. Taking his time to decipher the situation, Segal eventually tossed in the chips to make the call while tabling his Q spades9 spades.

Unfortunately for Segal, his opponent tabled his A diamsA clubs to capture the pot and send the two-time Aussie Millions title holder down to roughly 11,000 in chips.

Level Up, Blinds 50-100

Chan Crippled as Molin Doubles in Set-Over-Set Cooler

Yvo MolinHung-sheng Lin kicked off the action with a raise to 150 which was called by both Justin Chan and Yvo Molin (pictured) to see a flop of J diamsK diams6 clubs fall.

The action was checked round to see the 7 clubs land on the turn with Molin leading out from the big blind for 300 which saw only Chan come along - but in the way of a raise to 975. Molin called as the 2 spades landed on the river and he tapped the table before Chan bombed out a 2,750-chip bet. Molin responded by check-raising to 6,000 only to have Chan move all in and Molin made the call.

Chang tabled his 7 spades7 hearts, but it would be Molin's J spadesJ clubs for middle set that would see him collect the pot to move to roughly 30,000 as Chan was left with just a few thousand in chips.

Still Waiting

With alternates still waiting patiently on the rail, players such as David Steicke, Andrew Scott and Sangeeth Mohan have all been spotted watching the action.

We aren't exactly sure if they are waiting as an alternate or just a keen observer, but either way, there could be some stacked alternate tables in the waiting.

One Aussie Wins, One Aussie Loses

Emanuel Seal opened the action with a raise to 150 and was met with three callers from the button and the blinds as the flop fell Q clubs10 diams3 diams. Seal continued for 400 and was called by the button and the small blind before the 4 spades and 8 clubs was checked down on the turn and river.

The small blind tabled his A diams6 diams for a busted flush draw, but it would be Seal's J hearts10 hearts that would see him collect the pot.

A few tables over we found Daren Yoon contemplating a decision on a 2 diamsJ diams9 spades flop. The pot was sitting at roughly 1,900 with his opponent in late position betting out 1,200. Yoon deliberated for a few moments before eventually folding his hand. For Yoon, he has already managed to exact-bubble two events so far at the Macau Poker Cup. Both times short, and both times holding playable hands, Yoon unluckily hit the rail to be denied two valuable cashes here at PokerStars Macau where he has amassed HK$296,700 in winnings and five final tables - but no title as yet.

Who's About?

So far many local and international players have been spotted in today's field. 

Event 1 winner Xiao Yang Cui leads the Australian's alongside Emanuel Seal, Daren Yoon, Bjorn Li, Craig Cockburn while those that have tasted success here such as Hung-sheng Lin, Mark Benasa and Haifeng Xue are also in the field.

Double Aussie Millions title holder Mark Segal, Gordon Huntly, Yvo Molin, Roger Spets and Kai Paulson all round out other notable internationals playing today's flight.

Play Underway

Although starting a little on the late size due to the larger than expected Day 1a starting field, play is officially underway in the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Main Event with blinds at 25-50.

Each player has emptied their pockets of HK$11,000 (approximately AU$1,325) and will be seated with a 15,000-chip starting bank. Each level will last 40 minutes and there will be 10 and a half levels for the evening which will see today end at around 3:30 a.m. local time.

Massive Field in the Making

With play still 15 minutes from starting, the field cap of 250 has already been surpassed with players still registering at the booth.

There are only 25 tables in the PokerStars Macau poker room here at the Grand Lisboa, and PokerStars Country Manager Fred Leung was surprised at the turnout stating that he believes at least a further 20 players may take a seat in today’s Day 1a field.

Alternates are already being issued, and the record Day 1a field of 217 set in February 2011 will certainly be smashed with the biggest Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon field of 509 likely to be surpassed also.

Starting Chips


Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon HK$11,000 Main Event - Day 1a

Macau Poker Cup

The Poker Asia Pacific team are thrilled at the opportunity to bring our live reporting services to the luxurious Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino for the first major championship of the Asian poker year.  It's the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon and we'll be on hand to bring you all the live action from the HK$11,000 Main Event.  This event offers a massive HK$3,000,000 Guarantee, but if we've learnt anything about the PokerStars Macau Poker Room, it's that guarantees are made to be broken!

If the side events are anything to go by, we should see another another huge field for this event as poker in Macau continues to go from strength to strength.

We're expecting to see the best players in the Asian region take to the felt for this event including Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Raymond Wu, Vivian Im and Celina Lin, while the reigning Asia Player of the Year Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin will be looking to defend his title and grab valuable points during the first APOY qualifying series of the year. 

The action will kick off Thursday February 23rd at 8:10pm (GMT+8) and we look forward to your company then!