The Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon attracted 195 runners to PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa for Event 3: Deepstack
The Monday night tournament was the biggest field so far in the 9-day poker celebration where the field sizes and prize pools are only expected to grow as the week approaches the Red Dragon main event which runs from August 11-14.
“It’s been a solid start to the Macau Poker Cup but the numbers will really hit fourth gear beginning Wednesday.” said Dom Choi, Team PokerStars Pro Manager. “We’ve already confirmed a record 63 online qualifiers to the main event and there are still more satellites running. The buzz surrounding the Red Dragon and High Rollers event is tremendous.
The Deepstack event will play down to 22 players who will advance to Tuesday’s Day 2 final. All Day 2 players will be in the money for a piece of the HKD $260,715 prize pool with the winner receiving HKD $63,900.
Asia Player of the Year trophy
The weekend saw some minor shifts in the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) standings — most notably Hung-Chang Lin’s 4-spot jump to No. 6 — but barring a miraculous run, Hung-Sheng “Shaq” Lin will arrive at the Red Dragon start day as the top ranked player.
August’s MPC marks the second half of the Asian poker circuit where the eventual APOY winner will receive a 1-year sponsorship with PokerStars Macau in addition to having their name engraved into the permanent trophy.
Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang is still in the running to defending his APOY title and is currently ranked No. 26.
ASIA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Hung-Sheng Lin (Chinese Taipei) — 3,996
2. Mark Benasa (Philippines) — 2,585
3. Kwan Pao Mah (Canada) — 2,365
4. Ion Sang Song (Macau) — 2,300
5. Vivian Im (Korea) — 2,154
6. Hung-Chang Lin (Chinese Taipei) — 2,041
7. Yue Xu (China) — 1,987
8. Haifeng Xue (China) — 1,971
9. Brice Renaud (France) — 1,863
10. Raiden Kan (Malaysia) — 1,860
Event 4: $4,000 NLH has a HKD $400,000 guarantee and begins on Tuesday, August 9 at 8:10 PM HKT.