Day 1A of the China Poker Carnival Main Event has drawn to a close and the board reads 67 players left from the 205 that started the day. We’ll verify that figure when the official chip counts come in and stand by for our wrap up of the event appearing on the Poker Portal Asia homepage.
Don’t forget to join us again at 2pm tomorrow for Day 1B but for now it’s “wa an” (goodnight in Chinese) from the Poker Portal Asia live reporting team.
In the last level of play Wei Ming woke up with A♦ A♠ and was probably thinking a nice double up would be handy right about now. He moved all in preflop and when Fu Liang eventually made the call, Ming shook his head as if Liang made a very poor decision.
Whatever the case may be, Liang’s A♥ Q♠ needed a lot of help to rail Ming and when the flop came 5♦ J♠ 8♣ it was looking like Ming was safe. However, the 10♣ turn was just about the worst card in the deck for Ming as it gave his opponent a double belly straight draw that got there on the 9♥ river.
As Ming collapsed in a giant “No!” Liang was apologetic, saying, “Sorry, sorry! Today is just my lucky day.” It certainly is.
Liao Qing Feng has been sitting on a monster stack for a while now and he now has the undisputed chip lead with 219,500 after a hand with button man, Liu Li Xiong.
We only caught the action with already over 100,000 in the pot on a board of 9♦ 9♣ Q♠ 10♣ 4♠. Feng then moved all in and Xiong went deep into the tank trying to summon up the courage to call.
Xiong had over 100,000 left in stack and knew that if he called and won he would be in a dominating position in this tournament. But he at last decides to let it go and Feng kindly shows him A♥ 9♥ to make him feel a little better about the laydown.
However, we later learn from Xiong that he actually held King-Jack for a straight and in fact feels quite sick about the hand.
Ben Abrahams has been plugging along on a 30,000 stack for quite a while now but has come unstuck courtesy of Qu Zheng. With a raise to 3000 and two callers in front of him, Abrahams makes it 12,000 to go from the small blind.
Wei is the only one to meet him in the middle and on the flop of K♦ 5♠ 7♦ Abrahams pushes all in for 15,000. But Zheng isn’t too flustered and seems to find some amusement in the hand before casually throwing in three blue chips for a call.
When cards are shown, Abrahams’ Q♥ Q♣ are way out in front of Zheng’s 4♦ 4♣. However, when the dealer tables the 4♠ turn it gives Zheng his miracle set and the ladies of Abrahams now need some divine intervention of their own.
It isn’t to be, though, when the J♦ arrives on the river and Abrahams heads to the rail with a somewhat justified dazed and confused look.
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We’re now on another 10-minute break.
In a case of trying to represent exactly the hand that your opponent holds, Chen Jun Hui was just crippled by Geng Ran. We caught up with the hand on a flop of 9♠ K♣ 4♠ and Hui had just bet out 3200. Ran raises it up to 7000 and Hui makes the call.
On the turn 8♠, which puts a flush out there, Hui immediately moves all in. Ran has about 18,000 left in stack and after some consideration makes the call showing 7♠ 3♠ for a flush. Hui turns over Q♠ 8♦ and the 10♣ river gives Ran the double up.