Day 1C of the Macau Poker Cup’s HKD $11,000 buy-in Red Dragon Main Event wrapped up last night with 35 players surviving from the 133 who started the day. This brings the total field size to 391 for the Red Dragon, easily surpassing the HKD $3 million guaranteed prize pool but falling short of last June’s 447 players in the event and the record-setting 635 players who turned out for February 2012’s Red Dragon.
With the HKD $3,838,212 (US $495,000) prize pool set to pay out 44 places, the eventual winner will take home HKD $854,000 (USD $110,000). Richard Hu made the best run at the top prize on Day 1C, bagging up 183,000 in chips.
The big casualties of the day included 2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel, 2009 APPT Sydney winner Aaron Benton and Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu. Fellow Red Spade rep Bryan Huang was actually the villain in Wu’s knockout and finished the day on 34,200 in chips.
Red Dragon Chip Leaders Entering Day 2
1. Jordan Westmorland (Thailand) – 269,000
2. Tomaz Yip (Hong Kong) – 183,500
3. Richard Hu (China) – 183,000
4. Yee Lap Lai (Hong Kong) – 144,000
5. Darian Tan (Malaysia) – 131,100
6. Xujun Huang (China) – 120,100
7. Chul Woo Park (Korea) – 119,700
8. Abhishek Goindi (India) – 109,200
9. Vladimir Volov (Russia) – 104,200
10. Rickie Vedhara (UK) – 101,300
Day 2 is currently under way at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex and will play down until the final table is decided.
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