2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau

Main Event
Day: 2a
Event Info

2017 Suncity Cup Finale Macau

Final Results
Winning Hand
1,605,472 HKD
Event Info
6,600 HKD
Level Info
250,000 / 500,000

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

Level 9 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante
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