After the entire Macau Poker Cup festival kicked off the opening of the new PokerStars LIVE Macau at the City of Dreams with a bang, the series has now come to a close with the completion of the Red Dragon Main Event. Emerging victorious over the record 891-player field was 30-year-old Taiwanese poker professional Terry Fan. For the victory, Fan earned HK$1,771,000 (approx. $230,000).
Final Table Results
|1||Terry Fan||Chinese Taipei||$1,771,000|
|3||Neil Chen||Chinese Taipei||$743,000|
With three Day 1s for the HK$11,000 buy-in event, expectations were high on surpassing the 635-player record for a poker tournament in Asia. Thanks to 209 players on Day 1a, 288 entrants on Day 1b and then another 394 players on Day 1c, the field topped the scales at a whopping 891 entrants, generating a prize pool of HK$8,746,412 (approx. $1,100,000) and setting the tournament record in Asia.
After Day 1a, Sailesh Lohia led the field. Zhen Wu Wang topped Day 1b's field, but Lohia maintained the overall lead. On Day 1c, Gie Reyes snatched the overall top spot and led heading into Day 2 with 232 players remaining.
With the top 108 places set to earn a cash in the event, someone had to go home as bubble boy, and finishing in 109th place was China's Hui Zhang.
According to the PokerStars Blog, Zhang was all in with the against Hisashi Ogi's . Despite being ahead, Zhang couldn't fade the danger of an ace that hit the flop and eventually sent him to the rail on the bubble.
From there, the eliminations began to rack up, including Jim Collopy (98th - HK$17,500), Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (82nd - HK$21,900), Nick Wong (56th - HK$26,300), Jordan Westmorland (44th - HK$30,700), Tommy Le (23rd - HK$43,700) and Kenny Wong (21st - HK$52,500). After Day 2 was complete, just 18 players remained with Fanny Li leading the way.
On Day 3, notables Billy "The Croc" Argyros finished in 18th place (HK$61,200) and Vincent Rubianes finished in 11th place (HK$91,800). The final table was set shortly thereafter.
Fan held the chip lead to begin the final table, and eventually worked his way down to heads-up play against Reyes with roughly a 2-to-1 chip lead. On the final hand, Reyes was all in with the versus the for Fan. The flop came down and gave Reyes the lead. The turn brought the to keep him in front, but the on the river was just what Fan needed.
While Reyes took home HK$1,242,000 for his runner-up finish, it was Fan who earned the title and a whopping HK$1,771,000.
Winner photo courtesy of Kenneth Lim from the PokerStars Blog.
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