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Wai Kiat Lee in Pole Position After Day 2A of the 2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau

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Wai Kiat Lee
Wai Kiat Lee

So far the 2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau has attracted 575 unique entries and generated an additional 85 re-entries to bring the total number of runners up to 660.

This combined with the 172 runners from the four previous legs in Juju, Korea (24-30 Sept), Manila (13-16 Oct), Taipei (3-5 Nov) and Incheon, Korea (10-12 Nov) brings the total number of entries up to an impressive 832.

Day 2A of the 2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau saw 69 survivors from the eight starting flights assembled for the first time and a further 36 players coughed up the HK$38,000 direct Day 2 entry fee to bring the total number of entrants up to 105 and the total number of 2017 Suncity Cup entries up to an impressive 868, with Day 2B still left to play out.

Any players who joined the Day 2A action directly began with a 100,000 starting stack, though some of the players who had qualified via the other starting flights and four other prior legs began with a great deal more – notably Japan’s Sahashi Hideki.

Hideki qualified from the Taipei leg and began play with a commanding lead of 374,200 (374 big blinds) – more than 100,000 more in chips than next closest rival, China’s Weizhou Zha, who began the day with 270,200.

However, by the end of the nine 60-minute levels there was a new sheriff in town – Wai Kiat Lee. The Malaysian player qualified during Day 1C and began play with a stack of 150,000 but spun this up to 400,000 by the end of level four.

The hand that saw him climb to the top was a big one between Lee and China’s Dong Luo, whom Lee pushed off a massive hand to win without showdown and shoot to the top of the leaderboard while Luo was left crippled and departed shortly afterward.

Lee’s fellow countryman Michael Soyza also enjoyed a great day at the tables, briefly flirting with the chip lead himself after winning a race with ace-king against the pocket tens of Yang Zhang to send the Chinese player to the rail.

However, Lee did not want to have his thunder stolen and busted the unfortunate Atanas Kavrakov shortly afterward, moving all-in from the small blind to isolate after the Bulgarian got the last of his chips in from the cutoff and Hong Kong’s Ben Lai smooth-called the button.

Lai folded ace-queen, meaning Lee’s pocket tens were enough to beat Kavrakov’s king-nine offsuit and push Lee back in front, though it could well have been a different story had Lai called as the flop came down ace-high. Both Soyza (834,000) and Lai (377,000) managed to make it through to Day 3 with the rest of the field stacking up as follows:

2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau Day 2A Survivors

PositionNameCountryChip Count
1Wai Kiat LeeMalaysia840,000
2Michael SoyzaMalaysia834,000
3Chien JenyenTaiwan580,000
4Victor ChongMalaysia561,000
5Renjun YangChina522,000
6JC AlvaradoMexico510,000
7Cheng DongChina509,000
8Lim Chin WeiMalaysia490,000
9Karol JaniszewskiPoland379,000
10Ben LaiHong Kong377,000
11Lin Kun SiChina376,000
12Tuck Wai FooMalaysia371,000
13Guo DongChina367,000
14Song LiangChina300,000
15Zheng Xiao ShangChina294,000
16Martijn GerritsNetherlands262,000
17Chen Xiao JieChina257,000
18Chow Hing YaungMalaysia256,000
19Jacky WongHong Kong252,000
20Weizhou ZhaChina238,000
21Sahashi HidekiJapan229,000
22Vincent LiHong Kong208,000
23Tang Wei CongChina186,000
24Hon Cheong LeeHong Kong184,000
25Zhang Chung GuangChina163,000
26Yong Bin WangChina156,000
27Rongshan LiChina136,000
28Kui Huan SohMalaysia134,000
29Andrew AnUSA99,000
30Zhou Qiang BoChina98,000
31Bobby ZhangAustralia91,000
32Ye WangChina90,000

Notables who were unable to make the Day 3 cut included two-time World Series of Poker Main Event champion and ten-time bracelet winnerJohnny Chan, who was the last player to bust as the end of the day after running top two pair into the flopped nut flush draw of Taiwan’s Chien Jenyen. Canada’s Linh Tran and Bulgaria’s Atanas Kavrakov were two more who could not go the distance, but with the format allowing players to enter on Day 2B, any player who has been eliminated can still try their luck one final time.

Day 2B begins at 1pm local time (GMT+8) on Thursday, 30 November and with 55 players already qualified and late registration open until the end of level two at 3:10pm we are expecting another big day at the baize so join us then.

Tags: Andrew AnAtanas KavrakovBen LaiBobby ZhangCheng DongChien JenyenDong LuoHon Cheong LeeJC AlvaradoJohnny ChanLin Kun SiLinh TranLiu WeiMartijn GerritsMichael SoyzaRenjun YangSahashi HidekiTang Wei CongVictor ChongVincent LiWai Kiat LeeWeicong TangWeizhou ZhaYang Zhang

End of Day 2A Chip Counts (full)

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Wai Kiat Lee my
Wai Kiat Lee
my 840,000 10,000
Michael Soyza my
Michael Soyza
my 834,000 74,000
Chien Jenyen TW
Chien Jenyen
TW 580,000
Victor Chong my
Victor Chong
my 561,000 298,000
Renjun Yang cn
Renjun Yang
cn 522,000 47,000
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
mx 510,000 10,000
Cheng Dong us
Cheng Dong
us 509,000 34,000
Lim Chin Wei my
Lim Chin Wei
my 490,000 135,000
Karol Janiszewski pl
Karol Janiszewski
pl 379,000 -1,000
Ben Lai hk
Ben Lai
hk 377,000 177,000
Lin Kun Si CN
Lin Kun Si
CN 376,000 106,000
Tuck Wai Foo CN
Tuck Wai Foo
CN 371,000
Guo Dong cn
Guo Dong
cn 367,000 -18,000
Song Liang CN
Song Liang
CN 300,000 -75,000
Zheng Xiao Shang CN
Zheng Xiao Shang
CN 294,000
Martijn Gerrits nl
Martijn Gerrits
nl 262,000 -55,000
Chen Xiao Jie CN
Chen Xiao Jie
CN 257,000
Chow Hing Yaung
Chow Hing Yaung
256,000
Jacky Wong hk
Jacky Wong
hk 252,000 -58,500
Weizhou Zhang CN
Weizhou Zhang
CN 238,000 -122,000
Sahashi Hideki JP
Sahashi Hideki
JP 229,000 73,000
Vincent Li hk
Vincent Li
hk 208,000 73,000
Tang Wei Cong CN
Tang Wei Cong
CN 186,000 33,600
Hon Cheong Lee hk
Hon Cheong Lee
hk 184,000 114,000
Chung Guang Zhang CN
Chung Guang Zhang
CN 163,000

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Day 2A of the 2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau Done and Dusted

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Play has now concluded on all four tables and the 32 remaining Day 2A players are in the midst of bagging up their chips. Unofficially it looks as though Wai Kiat Lee is the Day 2A chip leader with a stack of 840,000 closely followed by fellow countryman Michael Soyza who finished just a whisker behind with 834,000.

Liang Wins Final Hand

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Final score Song Liang 2, JC Alvarado 1 with 1 tie
Final score Song Liang 2, JC Alvarado 1 with 1 tie

The last hand on JC Alvarado and Song Liang’s table was fittingly another battle between the two and gives us a winner between the two, though both bagged up chips and made Day 3.

We picked up the action on the river with 50,000 in the pot with the community cards spread {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Alvarado (big blind) checked the action over to Liang (button). The Chinese player thought it over and decided the right amount to bet was 30,000 and Alvarado gave him ‘the stare’ before cracking a grin.

“I’ll let you bluff me this time,” said a smiling Alvarado as he pitched his cards into the muck.

“No bluff.” Insisted Liang, but we notice he did not show his hand as he mucked it to rake in the pot and bring the final PokerNews fight score up to 2-1 with 1 tie. And all that action brings Day 2A to a close. Full wrap and chip counts to follow shortly.

Tags: JC AlvaradoSong Liang

Blogger’s Curse Hits Chan

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Chien Jenyen now has a great poker story to tell all his friends
Chien Jenyen now has a great poker story to tell all his friends

As is often the case, no sooner have we written about how well a player is doing and then they bust. The man to have been hit by the blogger’s curse this time around is none other than the Orient Express himself, Johnny Chan.

While Chan had a stack of 280,000 just minutes ago his seat is now empty and we got the story of his demise from the mouth of the very man who busted him –Taiwan’s Chien Jenyen.

According to Jenyen, Chen laid the foundations for his own exit after opening from early position with {q-}{10-} and Jenyen defended from the big blind with {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}.

The flop came down a monochrome {10-Diamonds}{x-Diamonds}{x-Diamonds} to give Jenyen the nut flush and Chan top pair and the action went check, bet, call. Chan’s doom was sealed when a {q-} came off on the turn to give him top two and this is when all the chips went in. Chan is now out and Jenyen has 580,000.

Chien Jenyen TW
Chien Jenyen
TW 580,000 512,200
Johnny Chan us
Johnny Chan
us Busted

Tags: Chien JenyenJohnny Chan

Janiszewski Takes From Hideki

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Karol Janiszewski
Karol Janiszewski

We caught up with the action over on Johnny Chan’s table and the Orient Express is chipping up quietly and has spun his stack up to 280,000. By contrast, Chan’s latest tablemate and former frontrunner Sahashi Hideki’s stack is moving in the opposite direction and he has dropped down to around 190,000 - though he now has a little less courtesy of Karol Janiszewski.

Action folded around to Hideki in the small blind and he just completed – the first time today we have seen him do so – before Janiszewski popped it up to 17,000 to go from the big blind.

The Japanese player made the call and the {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{3-Spades} flop came down, which brought a check from Hideki and a bet of 10,000 from Janiszewski.

Hideki made a quick call and the {j-Diamonds} hit the turn and the action went check, check, with the {2-Spades} river completing the hand and the betting as both players checked again. Hideki rolled over {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} but could not beat Janiszewski’s {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} and the Pole took a bite out of Hideki’s stack, climbing to 380,000 while the former frontrunner dropped down to 156,000.

Karol Janiszewski pl
Karol Janiszewski
pl 380,000 235,000
Sahashi Hideki JP
Sahashi Hideki
JP 156,000 -354,000

Tags: Karol JaniszewskiSahashi Hideki

Last Four Hands

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Michael Soyza has just drawn for the last number of hands to be played and the magic number is four with play halting for the day after this.

Round Three’s a Tie

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We caught the third round of the Alvarado versus Liang battle and it was the Mexican who was in the big blind this time with Liang in the cutoff, for a pleasant change of pace.

There was already 80,000 in the pot with the community cards spread [{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Spades} when we arrived and Alvarado had just led out for a bet of 25,000. The standard stare off competition began between the two and we’re not sure who won that round as Liang eventually slid in the call and it was off to the {a-Hearts} river.

Alvarado thought it over and checked it over to Liang, who also had a little think, before plonking down a bet of roughly 60,000 and Alvarado instantly threw in a single pink 25k chip to represent the call.

Liang turned over {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for a straight and Alvarado flipped over {5-Spades}{7-Hearts} for an anti-climatic chop so the score is currently Liang 1, Alvarado 1 with 1 draw.

JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
mx 500,000 364,000
Song Liang CN
Song Liang
CN 375,000 53,000

Tags: JC AlvaradoSong Liang

Lee Busts Kavrakov to Re-take Lead

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Atanas Kavrakov falls at the hands of Lai Kiat Lee
Atanas Kavrakov falls at the hands of Lai Kiat Lee

Despite the fact that Wai Kiat Lee and Michael Soyza are sitting at opposite ends of the card room there seems to be some sort of one-upmanship competition between the pair. Play had not long resumed after the break before Lee went one better than Soyza to re-take the lead once more.

It was Bulgaria’s Atanas Kavrakov who was the instigator of his own demise, moving all-in from the cutoff for 67,000. Hong Kong’s Ben Lai asked for a count and then smooth-called the button before the deep-stacked Lee dropped down eight bright pink 25,000-chips for a re-raise of 200,000, effectively putting Lai all-in.

“Mmmmm, smells like jacks to me,” said Lai, trying to get a read of Lee, who sat there with a cheeky grin on his face.

“Ok, I’ll give you some respect.” Said Lai as he tossed his hand into the muck. Lai was pretty close with his guesswork, and Lee rolled over {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, which was leading Kavrakov’s {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

The {7-Spades}{q-Spades}{8-Spades} flop brought a groan from Lai.

“Ace-queen?” queried Victor Chong. Lai nodded his head sadly. The [{a-Diamonds} turn saw the Hong Kong player sink further down in his chair and the {j-Clubs} river brought KAvrakov’s tournament to a close while Lee stacked up to 830,000 in chips and while Lai has close to 200,000 he is ruing the fact he missed a juicy double up there.

Wai Kiat Lee my
Wai Kiat Lee
my 830,000 115,000
Ben Lai hk
Ben Lai
hk 200,000 -70,000
Atanas Kavrakov bg
Atanas Kavrakov
bg Busted

Tags: Atanas KavrakovBen LaiWai Kiat Lee