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Yu Dong Holds Lead Going into Day 3 of the 2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau

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Yu Dong Yang leads 2017 Suncity Cup going into Day 3
Yu Dong Yang leads 2017 Suncity Cup going into Day 3

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

PositionNameCountryChip Count
1Yu Dong YangChina987,000
2Je Ho LeeKorea736,000
3Zhao YanchaoChina699,000
4Oliver SaulUK618,000
5Yuefeng PanChina549,000
6Jeffrey LoHong Kong538,000
7Juen Teoh MingMalaysia444,000
8Jinqiang ShiChina433,000
9Eugene CoPhilippines418,000
10Sparrow CheungHong Kong387,000
11Kevin ChoiHong Kong374,000
12Jesus FernandezUK356,000
13Danny TangHong Kong347,000
14Kosei IchinoseJapan336,000
15Albert PaikUSA329,000
16Chen An LinTaiwan324,000
17Linh TranCanada319,000
18Luo XixiangChina313,000
19Yap Jun WahMalaysia303,000
20Gao WenlingChina267,000
21Kwang Zhen YuChina46,000
22Ken OkadaJapan240,000
23Shinhung ChangTaiwan212,000
24Canlin ChenChina205,000
25Vivian ImKorea201,000
26Khanh Le NgocVietnam195,000
27Chin Sun TanMalaysia193,000
28Chih Wen ChenTaiwan191,000
29Hyoung Suob ShimKorea187,000
30Tsan Yuen LeungHong Kong166,000
31Justin ChanHong Kong165,000
32Yuri IshidaJapan147,000
33Carson WongHong Kong136,000
34Kui Huan SohMalaysia134,000
35Keisuke HikosakaJapan100,000
36Zhou Qiang BoChina98,000
37Xiao JialiangChina81,000
38Lu FeiChina68,000

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.

Tags: Albert PaikAtanas KavrakovCanlin ChenChin Sun TanDajia ChenEric XiaoEugene CoHon Cheong LeeHyoung Suob ShimJesus FernandezJustin ChanKa Ho SunKen OkadaKevin ChoiKosei IchinoseLinh TranOliver SaulPercy ChaoPete ChenPhachara WongwichitThomas LeeVivian ImXixiang LuoYu Dong

Day 2B End of Day Chip Counts

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Yu Dong Yang CN
Yu Dong Yang
CN 987,000 7,000
Je Ho Lee kr
Je Ho Lee
kr 736,000 500,000
Zhao Yanchao cn
Zhao Yanchao
cn 699,000
Oliver Saul es
Oliver Saul
es 618,000 398,000
Yuefeng Pan CN
Yuefeng Pan
CN 549,000 549,000
Jeffrey Lo hk
Jeffrey Lo
hk 538,000 348,000
Paul Teoh my
Paul Teoh
my 444,000 286,900
Jinqiang Shi CN
Jinqiang Shi
CN 433,000 433,000
Eugene Co ph
Eugene Co
ph 418,000 -2,000
Sparrow Cheung hk
Sparrow Cheung
hk 387,000 -13,000
Kevin Choi HK
Kevin Choi
HK 374,000 -36,000
Jesus Fernandez US
Jesus Fernandez
US 356,000 -184,000
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
hk 347,000 112,000
Kosei Ichinose jp
Kosei Ichinose
jp 336,000 46,000
Albert Paik us
Albert Paik
us 329,000 9,000
Chen An Lin tw
Chen An Lin
tw 324,000 34,000
Linh Tran ca
Linh Tran
ca 319,000 9,000
Xixiang Luo cn
Xixiang Luo
cn 313,000 13,000
Jun Wah Yap my
Jun Wah Yap
my 303,000 303,000
Gao Wenling CN
Gao Wenling
CN 267,000 167,000
Kwang Zhen Yu CN
Kwang Zhen Yu
CN 246,000 246,000
Ken Okada jp
Ken Okada
jp 240,000 -20,000
Shihung Chang TW
Shihung Chang
TW 212,000 212,000
Canlin Chen cn
Canlin Chen
cn 205,000 15,000
Vivian Im kr
Vivian Im
kr 201,000 -49,000

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Bagging Up Time

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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.

Chan Survives, Tran Doubles while Fei and Yanchao Take a Hit

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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.

Lu Fei: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Linh Tran: {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}

Tran was the at-risk player but will be returning for Day 3 with a much more playable stack after the board ran out {4-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. 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 {6-}{7-} flopped the nut straight on a {3-}{4-}{5-} board and was up against a short stack's {3-}{3-}.

However, running cards on the {k-} turn and {k-} river saw his opponent fill up to a full house and Yanchao dropped a little to finish with 699,000.

Zhao Yanchao cn
Zhao Yanchao
cn 699,000 -91,000
Linh Tran ca
Linh Tran
ca 310,000 109,000
Justin Chan tw
Justin Chan
tw 135,000 -40,000
Lu Fei CN
Lu Fei
CN 73,000 -132,000

Tags: Justin ChanLinh TranLu FeiZhao Yanchao

Okada Pays off Co; Last Five Hands

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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 {5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

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 {a-Spades}{3-Hearts} 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.

Eugene Co ph
Eugene Co
ph 420,000 70,000
Ken Okada jp
Ken Okada
jp 260,000 30,000
Canlin Chen cn
Canlin Chen
cn 190,000 100,000
Pete Chen tw
Pete Chen
tw Busted

Tags: Ken OkadaEugene Co

Dong Wins More; Yanchao Catching Up

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Zhao Yanchao
Zhao Yanchao

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 {5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, 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 {5-Spades} 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.

Yu Dong Yang CN
Yu Dong Yang
CN 980,000 276,000
Zhao Yanchao cn
Zhao Yanchao
cn 790,000 280,000
Vivian Im kr
Vivian Im
kr 250,000 -30,000

Tags: Vivian ImYu DongZhao Yanchao

Last Level of the Day

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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.

Level:
9
Blinds:
3,000/6,000
Ante:
1,000

Stacks at the Break

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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:

Yu Dong Yang CN
Yu Dong Yang
CN 704,000 74,000
Jesus Fernandez US
Jesus Fernandez
US 540,000 400,000
Zhao Yanchao cn
Zhao Yanchao
cn 510,000 185,000
Sparrow Cheung hk
Sparrow Cheung
hk 400,000 40,000
Eugene Co ph
Eugene Co
ph 350,000 70,000
Albert Paik us
Albert Paik
us 320,000
Xixiang Luo cn
Xixiang Luo
cn 300,000 30,000
Chen An Lin tw
Chen An Lin
tw 290,000 82,000
Kosei Ichinose jp
Kosei Ichinose
jp 290,000 40,000
Vivian Im kr
Vivian Im
kr 280,000 60,000
Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
hk 235,000 5,000
Ken Okada jp
Ken Okada
jp 230,000 230,000
Hyoung Suob Shim KR
Hyoung Suob Shim
KR 225,000 145,000
Oliver Saul es
Oliver Saul
es 220,000 20,000
Chin Sun Tan MY
Chin Sun Tan
MY 210,000 120,000
Thomas Lee ca
Thomas Lee
ca 210,000 65,000
Lu Fei CN
Lu Fei
CN 205,000 205,000
Linh Tran ca
Linh Tran
ca 201,000 91,000
Justin Chan tw
Justin Chan
tw 175,000 -175,000
Carson Wong HK
Carson Wong
HK 175,000 -15,000
Jack Wu tw
Jack Wu
tw 120,000 -20,000
Canlin Chen cn
Canlin Chen
cn 90,000 9,500
Dajia Chen CN
Dajia Chen
CN 80,000 24,000