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Mengmeng Zhang

The power dynamic seems to have shifted slightly in Ma’s favour and despite constant aggression from his opponent Ma has managed to edge slightly in front over the last few hands.

Zhang has won the last three hands on the trot, but only because Ma has been folding to his aggressive play pre-flop so he hasn’t relinquished his lead but it’s still a pretty close affair. Of course, generally that’s when we have a train wreck which is exactly what’s just happened…

It all starts off fairly innocuously with Ma limping the button and Zhang checking his option from the big blind before check-calling a 150,000 Ma bet on the J 10 8 flop.

Things begin to get real interesting on the A turn, which completes a possible Broadway straight and Zhang leads into Ma for a hefty 500,000-chip bet. Ma carefully counts out the call and the dealer sweeps the chips into the middle before burning and turning the river card, which is the A.

It’s a pretty scary looking board and Zhang thinks this is the perfect card to up the pressure and he immediately declares himself all in. Just as quickly Ma announces the call and from the way Zhang stands up and walks away from the table you can tell that he does not think that this is a good thing. He’s right to be afraid and Ma proudly tables A J for the full house – a monster that just kept improving as the hand progressed.

Zhang is in a great deal of trouble as he was bluffing with Q 4 and after a brief count down it looks like he is covered. Wow! What a hand, we certainly didn’t see that coming, and by the look on his face neither did Zhang. It’s all over and we have our CPC champion – a rather pleased looking Chao Ma celebrates his hard won victory with a fist pump, he’s now CNY 300,000 better off and Zhang can console himself with the CNY 150,000 on offer for second place.

Well that’s all the poker we have for you folks, Ma’s fans on the rail are rushing up to congratulate his win and we’re signing off.



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