Day 2b Completed
Day 2b Completed
The last of the Day 2 flights was also the last day of the 2017 Suncity Cup for player entries. This saw 55 survivors from the eight Macau starting flights and four prior legs in Jeju, Korea (24-30 Sept), Manila (13-16 Oct), Taipei (3-5 Nov) and Incheon, Korea (10-12 Nov) joined by a further 60 players to bring the Day 2B field up to 115.
This brings the total number of 2017 Suncity Cup entries up to an impressive 928, generating an HK$8,008,300 prize pool and surpassing the HK$8m guarantee.
The 32 players who made it through Day 2A will now be joined by the 36 surviving Day 2B players meaning Day 3 will see the 68 returning players attempt to reach the hallowed money spots.
While the tournament has already paid out HK$744,000 in cash to all the Day 2 qualifiers who made it through the respective Day 1's, some of the players chose to buy-in directly on the two respective Day 2’s for HK$38,000 so have not yet made any money at all. In fact, several of these players played Day 2A and Day 2B in addition to multiple HK$6,600 Day 1 starting flights so still have their work cut out for them if they want to see a return on their investment.
With the top 35 places paying out, 33 players will be leaving empty handed with those who make the money all guaranteed a payday of HK$50,900. However, it is the HK$1,925,000 first prize that all will be gunning for.
The man best positioned to take that down in China’s Yu Dong Yang who bagged up a monstrous 987,000 in chips – over 250,000 more than next closest Day 2B rival Korea's Je Ho Lee who bagged up 736,000 with China’s Zhao Yanchao (699,000) rounding out the top Day 2B stacks.
Dong began the day with a stack of 179,000 but had spun this up to over 300,000 by the time the second break came around. The Chinese player had more than double that of next closest rival, Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung, by the dinner break and did not look back. Dong dominated a great deal of his table action with very few of his hands making it to showdown with few players willing to tangle with his monster stack.
Dong’s fellow countryman Zhao Yanchao also played a great many hands and almost bagged the chip lead himself after hitting the nut straight holding six-seven on a three-four-five rainbow board. Unfortunately for Yanchao, his short-stacked opponent, holding pocket threes, hitting running kings to make a full house and deny the Chinese player the top spot.
Notables who managed to make it through included Canada’s Linh Tran, who earned a timely double-up after winning a race with pocket fives against the ace-king of Lu Fei on one of the last hands of the day to finish play with a stack of 319,000. Fei too managed to make it through, albeit with a much-reduced stack.
Japan’s Kosei Ichinose caught cards at just the right time to win two quick double-ups and finish the day with 336,000 and other notables who made the cut included Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung (387,000) and Danny Tang (347,000), Korea’sVivian Im (201,000) and Hong Kong’sJustin Chan (165,000) with the rest of the Day 2B survivors as follows:
2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau Day 2B End of Day Chip Counts
|1||Yu Dong Yang||China||987,000|
|2||Je Ho Lee||Korea||736,000|
|6||Jeffrey Lo||Hong Kong||538,000|
|7||Juen Teoh Ming||Malaysia||444,000|
|10||Sparrow Cheung||Hong Kong||387,000|
|11||Kevin Choi||Hong Kong||374,000|
|13||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||347,000|
|16||Chen An Lin||Taiwan||324,000|
|19||Yap Jun Wah||Malaysia||303,000|
|21||Kwang Zhen Yu||China||46,000|
|26||Khanh Le Ngoc||Vietnam||195,000|
|27||Chin Sun Tan||Malaysia||193,000|
|28||Chih Wen Chen||Taiwan||191,000|
|29||Hyoung Suob Shim||Korea||187,000|
|30||Tsan Yuen Leung||Hong Kong||166,000|
|31||Justin Chan||Hong Kong||165,000|
|33||Carson Wong||Hong Kong||136,000|
|34||Kui Huan Soh||Malaysia||134,000|
|36||Zhou Qiang Bo||China||98,000|
Notables who came up short included Bulgaria’s Atanas Kavrakov, Taiwan’s Pete Chen, Hong Kong’s Percy Chao and Thailand’s Phachara Wongwichit.
The 68 Day 2A and 2B survivors return to action for Day 3 at 1pm local time (GMT+8) on Friday, 1 December and will play down to the final table so join us then as we see who’s got what it takes to go the distance.
The remaining 38 players are bagging up their chips with China's Yu Dong the man to close out the day as top dog with a stack of 987,000, closely followed by Korea's Je Ho Lee (736,000) with China's Zhao Yanchao (699,000) rounding out the top three. Full wrap and end of day counts to follow.
Justin Chan decided to roll the dice on one of the last hands played with the man to kick start the action Albert Paik, who opened for 15,000 from middle position with a player on the hi-jack making the call before Chan moved all-in from the button for 97,000 in total. Paik made a quick fold and while the other player in the hand agonized over the decision for an eternity he too eventually elected to let it go, meaning Chan lives to fight another day and will be returning for Day 3.
Lu Fei will also be returning for Day 3, but with a much smaller stack as he lost a big coin flip to Linh Tran on one of the final hands of the day. Fei was the initial raiser and Tran moved the last of his chips in over the top and Fei made the call.
Tran was the at-risk player but will be returning for Day 3 with a much more playable stack after the board ran out . Tran finished play with 310,000 and while Fei did not bust he now has a much-reduced stack of 73,000.
Zhao Yanchao almost came back as the Day 3 chip leader but lost a hand that turned out to be a bit of a cooler right at the close. Fortunately for the Chinese player, his opponent was short. Yanchao, holding flopped the nut straight on a board and was up against a short stack's .
However, running cards on the turn and river saw his opponent fill up to a full house and Yanchao dropped a little to finish with 699,000.
We caught the tail end of a hand that looked like an interesting one between Japan’s Ken Okada and the Philippines Eugene Co with 60,000 in the pot with the community cards spread .
We arrived as Okada checked the action over to Co, who cut out a stack of chips and bet out 37,000. Okada clearly did not believe the Filipino player and made the call. Co rolled over for trip threes and Okada tapped the table and mucked, dropping to 260,000 while Co climbed to 420,000.
Yu Dong drew the final number of hands for the day and the magic number was five with Day 2B concluding after this. Pete Chen will not be bagging up chips however as his seat is now empty, though one of the field’s other Chen's – Canlin Chen – looks like he should make it as he now has a stack of 190,000.
The ever elusive Yu Dong continues to dodge our watching eye but we arrived at his table in time to see him raking in yet more chips and the Chinese player is now sitting on a stack of 980,000.
The man closest to catching Dong is the ever-active Zhao Yanchao, whom we caught in action shortly afterward in a hand against Vivian Im that saw Yanchao edge up to second on the chip leaderboard.
It was Im who opened the action with a raise to 13,000 from middle position and a player on the button made the call, before small blind Yanchao squeezed to 35,000.
Im thought long and hard before making the call and the button folded to take play heads-up to a flop of , which Yanchao led for 35,000. Im took her time thinking it over but made the call to swell the pot to 150,000 and the came in on the turn.
Yanchao barrelled again, reaching for big chips this time and splashed out a bet of 63,000. Im really agonized over the decision before choosing to let it go, dropping down to 250,000 while Yanchao stacked up to 790,000.
Play is entering the final 60-minutes with Day 2B concluding at the end of this level. The man leading the field is still Yu Dong who has close to 160,000 more in chips than next closest rival Jesus Fernandez so the remaining 45 players have an hour left to play catch up.
There are 45 Day 2B players still in the running and China’s Yu Dong is still holding the chip lead. Every time we walk past his table we catch him raising but never picking up any callers. Evidently someone has been calling and losing against him though as Dong has run his stack up to 704,000. The next biggest stack belongs to Jesus Fernadez, who has 540,000 with some of the rest of the notables stacking up as follows: