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Lim Chin Wei Leads 2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau Final Table

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Lim Chin Wei currently has all the chips
Lim Chin Wei currently has all the chips

Just eight players now remain in contention for the trophy, title and lion’s share of the HK$8 million (~$1.02M) prize pool in the 2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau Main Event.

It had taken a lot of poker, played out over five starting legs in four different countries to whittle the 928-strong field to 68 Day 3 survivors when play resumed for at 1pm local time (GMT+8) on Friday, 1 December.

With only 35 players making the hallowed money spots the action was fast and frantic from the get-go and the bust outs began almost as soon as play resumed with Poland’s Karol Janiszewski, Australia’s Bobby Zhang and China’s Yu Dong Yang all falling before the first break.

Of these, it was Yang’s exit that was the most shocking. The Chinese player began the day as chip leader with a monster stack of 987,000 but lost a huge pre-flop coin flip when his pocket eights were out-flopped by the ace-king of Malaysia’s Jun Wah Yap and could not recover.

The field’s other two top stacks coming into Day 3 – Malaysia’s Wai Kiat Lee and Michael Soyza – both made the money but could not make the final eight, with Soyza departing at the hands of the official final table frontrunner Lim Chin Wei and Lee busting to Taiwan’s Chen An Lin in 25th and 18th place respectively.

Other notables to fall by the wayside well short of the money included Korean pro Vivian Im, China’s Guo Dong and Hong Kong’sBen Lai. The man who departed in the most painful position of all and exited on the bubble was Paul Toeh. The Malaysian fell at the hands of Korea’s Je Ho Lee after defending his big blind with king-jack suited and getting all the chips in on a king-high flop.

Unfortunately for Toeh, there were two clubs on the board and Lee was holding ace-jack with the ace of clubs and running cards saw the Korean make the nut flush to guarantee the remaining 35 players an HK$50,900 payday.

It took nine grueling 60-minute levels to thin the field down to the final eight and set up the official 8-handed final table, with Chen An Lin falling at the final hurdle to close out the day after busting at the hands of Hong Kong’s Danny Tang.

The man best positioned to take down the HK$1,925,000 first prize is Malaysia’s Lim Chin Wei who climbed into an early lead, before Je Ho Lee powered into the top spot, where he remained for the majority of the day before an ill-timed bluff against Chien Jenyen two tables out saw Wei re-take the lead.

Both Lee and Jenyen made the final table, as did Day 2B frontrunner Sahashi Hideki and Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung – who has cashed an unbelievable 62 times this year and currently holds the top spot for most 2017 cashes worldwide – will be making his 34th final table appearance of the year, with the last eight as follows:

2017 Suncity Cup Main Event Day 2B Seat Draw

SeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Lim Chin WeiMalaysia5,500,00091
2Chien JenyenTaiwan2,190,00036
3Je Ho LeeKorea2,430,00040
4Eugene CoPhilippines2,300,00038
5Danny TangHong Kong5,215,00086
6Sahashi HidekiJapan1,250,00020
7Sparrow CheungHong Kong1,365,00022
8Kosei IchinoseJapan1,835,00030

The final table will resume at 1:30pm on Saturday, 2 December and blinds will be starting at 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 running ante. Join us then to see who has what it takes to become the 2017 Suncity Cup champion.

Tags: Andrew AnBen LaiBobby ZhangCanlin ChenChen An LinCheng DongChien JenyenDanny TangEugene CoHon Cheong LeeJe Ho LeeJun Wah YapKarol JaniszewskiKosei IchinoseLim Chin WeiMichael SoyzaSahashi HidekiSparrow CheungVivian ImWai Kiat Lee

Chen An Lin Eliminated in 9th Place (HK$123,500) to Set-up Official Final Table

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Chen An Lin
Chen An Lin

Taiwan’s Chen An Lin had been nursing his shortstack for quite some time and the other eight players have been circling like sharks who can smell the blood in the water. They knew it was just a matter of time, and Lin’s time at the final table has now come to a close.

When the end came it was sudden, and it was quick. Down to his last 580,000 in chips, An Lin moved all-in from under-the-gun and was looked up by Danny Tang.

Chen An Lin: {8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Danny Tang: {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

The {3-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop brought An Lin no help and while he picked up a straight draw on the {j-Clubs} the {k-Hearts} river slammed the door on his hopes and dreams, brought the eight remaining players to the official final table and concluded play for the day.

Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
hk 5,215,000 815,000
Chen An Lin tw
Chen An Lin
tw Busted

Tags: Chen An LinDanny Tang

Lee Gets There

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Action folded around to Chien Jenyen in the small blind and he popped it up to 180,000 to go. Big blind Je Ho Lee thought it over and made the call and it was heads-up to a flop of {q-Hearts}{a-Spades}{a-Hearts}.

The action went check, check with the {7-Clubs} coming in on the turn, with this pattern repeating and the dealer peeled off the {10-Hearts} river.

Now Jenyen reached for chips and made it 125,000 to go, only to see Lee pop it up to 325,000 in total. The Taiwanese player tanked for a good 3-4 minutes before making the call , but slid his cards into the muck when Lee turned over {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for the rivered straight.

Chien Jenyen TW
Chien Jenyen
TW 2,250,000 -1,570,000
Je Ho Lee kr
Je Ho Lee
kr 2,100,000 500,000

Tags: Chien JenyenJeho Lee

Jeffrey Lo Eliminated in 10th Place (HK$94,400)

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Jeffrey Lo
Jeffrey Lo

Unfortunately for Jeffery Lo he has become the latest casualty. The Hong Kong player took an unlucky hit at the hands of Eugene Co just seconds before the elimination of Yuefeng Pan.

Lo, holding {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, and Co, holding {a-Clubs}{2-Spades} had got all the chips in on a flop of {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and while Lo held the lead and remained in front on the {9-Diamonds} turn, disaster struck on the {2-Hearts} river with Co making a full house. The Filipino climbed to around 2 million after the hand while Lo was left with around 750,000.

After the move to the final table, Lo was one of the shorter stacks and got the last of his chips in pre-flop with {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and was looked up by Lim Chin Wei with {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{q-Clubs} to bring Lo’s tournament to a close and the final table down to nine. One more bust out and play stops for the day.

Lim Chin Wei my
Lim Chin Wei
my 5,750,000 750,000
Jeffrey Lo hk
Jeffrey Lo
hk Busted

Tags: Jeffrey LoLim Chin Wei

Yuefeng Pan Eliminated in 11th Place (HK$94,400) to Set-up Unofficial Final Table

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Yuefeng Pan narrowly missed out on making the unofficial final table
Yuefeng Pan narrowly missed out on making the unofficial final table

The field is now down to ten and the clock has been paused briefly while players relocate to the unofficial final table. But how did that happen? Well, we’re glad you asked.

It was Yuefeng Pan who was the initial aggressor, making it 100,000 to go from late-position and Lim Chin Wei re-raised to 300,000 from the blinds, Pan made the call and the action went heads-up to a {q-}{10-}{x-} flop, which Wei led for 225,000.

Pan jammed for 900,000 and Wei called immediately. Pan turned over {q-}{j-} but was trailing to Wei’s {k-}{k-} and did not improve and departed in 11th place for an HK$94,400 payday. Wei now has 5 million.

Lim Chin Wei my
Lim Chin Wei
my 5,000,000 2,000,000
Yuefeng Pan CN
Yuefeng Pan
CN Busted

Tags: Lim Chin WeiYuefeng Pan

Hideki Doubles Tang

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Another blind on blind battle between Sahashi Hideki and Danny Tang saw the latter reclaim some of his lost chips from the kings versus queens blind vs blind battle the two had just before the break.

It was Hideki the man to shove first from the small blind with {a-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Tang woke up in the big blind with {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}.
There was not an ace to be seen on the {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} runout and Tang climbed to 2.2 million while Hideki dropped to 1.4 million.

Danny Tang hk
Danny Tang
hk 2,200,000 1,100,000
Sahashi Hideki JP
Sahashi Hideki
JP 1,400,000 -1,060,000

Tags: Danny TangSahashi Hideki

Doubles for An Lin and Cheung

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Two of the shorter stacks, Taiwan’s Chen An Lin and Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung have just doubled up. It was An Lin who doubled first, courtesy of Je Ho Lee, who moved all-in from the button with {9-Hearts}{4-Hearts} to put the pressure on the Taiwanese player. It was the right move at the wrong time however, as An Lin had woken up with {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and made a quick call. The {5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} run out saw An Lin double to 1.6 million while Lee dropped to 1.6 million.

The Eugene Co put Sparrow Cheung to the test and moved all-in from the button with {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and the Hong Kong player made the call for his tournament life with {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}.

Co maintained his lead on the {4-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop, but the {k-Hearts} turn brought something for everyone – a king to give Sparrow the lead and a heart to give Co a re-draw. The {5-Clubs} river saw Co miss and Cheung double to 1.7 million.

Sparrow Cheung hk
Sparrow Cheung
hk 1,700,000 850,000
Chen An Lin tw
Chen An Lin
tw 1,600,000 800,000
Je Ho Lee kr
Je Ho Lee
kr 1,600,000 -800,000
Eugene Co ph
Eugene Co
ph 900,000 -850,000

Tags: Chen An LinEugene CoJe Ho LeeSparrow Cheung