Day 4 Completed
|Prize Pool||7,536,900 HKD|
|Blinds||60,000 / 120,000|
Day 4 Completed
Wei Ran Pu Wins Poker King Cup Macau 2018 Main Event for HKD 1,464,000 ($187,239)
The Poker King Cup Series is coming to a close, with the HKD 16,500 Main Event taken down by Wei Ran Pu, granting the Chinese player his first major title win and a career-high score of HKD 1,464,000 ($187,239).
A total of 63 players out of the 518-strong field cashed for a share of the HKD 7,536,900 prize pool, with Pu coming into the all-Chinese eight-handed final table as the third largest stack, busting five out of the seven other finalists to enter heads-up with over a 3-to-1 chip lead.
Pu’s heads-up opponent, Jian Dong Yu, put up a good fight, but was unable to overcome his chip deficit and it was all over in ten hands, with Pu winning all but three of them.
In the final hand, Yu raised the button with ace-four and called off for his tournament life when Pu moved all-in with pocket sixes. The pair held up to grant Pu the win, and a gracious Yu came over to shake his opponent’s hand, before heading off to collect the equivalent of over US$131,000 for his runner up finish – a career best for him as well.
“Of course I’m very excited to win,” said Pu via the aid of a translator immediately after hoisting the trophy and posing for his winner’s photo and trophy presentation with Poker King Club President Winfred Yu.
“This is my biggest ever win, which I think I’ll celebrate by spending the money on playing more poker tournaments,” Pu joked, before heading off to celebrate with his friends on the rail.
In total, the Poker King Cup has awarded over HKD 18,512,700 (~$2,370,480) in prize money over the six-day seven-event series, with 1,076 players taking part in the action and 134 of them earning a share of the loot.
PKC Macau 2018 by the Numbers
|Event||Entries||Prize Pool (HKD)||ITM|
|Super High Roller||21||3,910,000||4|
“I think with the limited amount of time and resources we have, we are happy with the player numbers this series,” said Poker King Club President Winfred Yu shortly after awarding the trophy.
“The great turn out proves that Macau is still the number one capital of poker in Asia, and the range of buy-ins from HKD 2,000 all the way up to HKD 200,000 satisfies all types of players, from the seasoned professional to the keen amateur, and the entrants have all been happy with the tournament poker on offer this series.”
PKC Main Event Final Table Results
|Place||Name||Country||Prize (in HKD)||Prize in (USD)|
|1||Wei Ran Pu||China||1,464,000||187,239|
|2||Jian Dong Yu||China||1,026,500||131,284|
|7||Cang Sheng Ni||China||244,900||31,321|
|8||Qi Cheng Du||China||195,200||24,965|
The final table was a fast-paced affair and was all wrapped up in three-and-a-half hours, including 20-minutes of breaks, with three of the eight players returning with short stacks. These would all depart after the first full 60-minute level played.
It was Qi Cheng Du who became the first casualty, falling at the hands of Jian Dong Yu to depart in eighth place for an HKD 195,200 payday after his ace-king was outflopped by Yu's king queen.
While it was Li Yu who held the lead coming in, an early gigantic three-way pre-flop all-in between Pu, Yu and short stack Cang Sheng Ni saw Pu wake up with pocket aces, which held against Yu's pocket tens and Ni's ace-king, to shoot Pu into the top spot, send Ni to the rail in seventh place, and Yu to the bottom of the counts just an hour into the proceedings.
Ni was followed to the rail by Liang Song, who departed at the hands of Li Yu just minutes later after running ace five into Yu's pocket tens to collect HKD 293,900 for his sixth-place finish.
Both Yu’s played a big pot for the chip lead following Song’s departure, which Jian Dong Yu won after picking off a big bluff, before Pu sent Jun Fang to the rail in fifth place after winning a flip with pocket jacks against Fang's ace-king just before the blinds climbed, with Fang taking HKD 366,300 for his fifth-place finish.
While Pu did not remain in the top spot for the whole affair he was an unstoppable force, busting five of the final eight players in quick succession, including the start of day chip leader Li Yu. After Yu took a beat at the hands of fellow finalist Yang Wang to get short, he got the last of his chips in with ace-four and ran into the pocket sevens of Pu to take play three-handed.
Three-handed lasted less than half a level with Yang Wang on the short-stack, busting at the hands of Pu for a HKD 660,200 after moving all-in from the small blind pre-flop with queen-three and getting looked up with ace-five.
Congratulations to PKC Main Event champ, Wei Ran Pu, and thanks for reading the PokerNews coverage this week from Macau. Until next time!
Jian Dong Yu Eliminated in 2nd Place for HKD 1,026,500 ($131,284)
The Poker King Cup Macau 2018 Main Event has a champion, with Wei Ran Pu triumphing over Jian Dong Yu. It was Pu who came into the heads-up confrontation with a substantial lead, which Yu was unable to overcome.
After a little back-and-forth between the two players, the final hand played out when Yu made it 525,000 to go from the button. It looked like this was slightly more then he meant to raise, as he immediately tried to take some of it back, but was prevented from doing so by the dealer.
An opportunistic Pu declared himself all-in, and Yu shrugged his shoulders and slammed down the rest of his stack for the call.
Jian Dong Yu:
Wei Ran Pu:
Pu had the pair, meaning Yu needed to hit to survive. There was not an ace to be seen, with the final runout coming down . Pu's watching rail crowded around to congratulate their new champion, while a gracious Yu came over to shake his hand, before heading off to collect the equivalent of over US$131,000 - not bad at all for a few days at the card tables.
An elated Pu posed for his winner's photograph before hoisting the trophy aloft to celebrate his first major tournament title win. Full wrap to follow so watch this space.
Yu Battling Back
There was some more raise-folding before Jian Dong Yu got to win a rare hand. The pair have switched it up, with the last couple of hands seeing Pu limp the button and take down a pot with a delayed continuation bet when Jian Dong Yu check-folded.
Yu got himself back on the scoreboard the next hand, min-raising the button with Pu making the call before leading the flop for 250,000.
That was it for the betting, with the and turn and river getting checked down. Yu turned over , and that was enough to take the pot.
There have been no flops dealt since the hand Wei Ran Pu won earlier. Jian Dong Yu has folded the button twice and shoved the button twice, and stacks remain the same.
Pu Turning the Screws
Wei Ran Pu has won all but one of the five hands of heads-up played so far to extend his lead, with Jian Dong Yu winning the second hand with a button open. There has only been one flop dealt, and Pu won that hand. It was Yu the man raising from the button to 365,000 with Pu defending from the big blind.
Yu checked the flop, and Pu took it down on the turn with a bet of 450,000. Pu is now up to 13.4 million while Yu has dropped to 2.1 million.
Yang Wang Eliminated in 3rd Place for HKD 660,200 ($84,436)
The Poker King Cup Main Event is down to the last two players with the departure of Yang Wang. It only took three hands after the break to thin the field by one, with Jian Dong Yu winning the first, and Wei Ran Pu winning the other two, busting Wang in the process.
The second hand was a no contest with Pu taking it down pre-flop with a raise to 300,000 from the button. On the third hand the action folded around to Wang in the small blind and he moved all-in. Pu asked for a count, but it wasn't that much coming in at around 1.6 million and he flicked in the call.
Wei Ran Pu:
Pu's poker senses are spot on today, and not only has he been catching cards at the right time, he also has a good sense of when he is ahead, and when he is behind. This hand was no exception with Pu holding the lead with ace-high and Wang would need some help to keep his Main Event dream alive.
The runout would be the last hand Wang would be dealt however, with Pu winning the hand to come into the heads-up confrontation with 12.23 million to Jian Dong Yu's 3.31 million for over a 3-to-1 chip lead, so let's see if he can convert this into a win. The clock is paused while the two remaining competitors compose themselves.
The three remaining final table competitors are off on their second break of the day. Not much changed before they headed off, with Yang Wang still on the short stack and Wei Ran Pu still the man in the driving seat.
Pu padded his stack out a little further after winning a round of blinds and antes without showdown. Wang moved all-in from the blinds against Jian Dong Yu to take some chips back, with them stacking up as follows:
Li Yu Eliminated in 4th Place for HKD 488,400 ($62,464)
The tide turned against Li Yu, and while he played a great game he was unable to recover from losing that last big pot to Yang Wang. As the shortest stack at the table, Yu tried to get something going from the button with an all-in shove and Wei Ran Pu made a quick call in the big blind.
Wei Ran Pu:
Yu had won a couple of these hands already, cracking the pocket pair every time, but lady luck deserted him this time around with the runout giving Pu a set and bringing Yu's Main Event run to an end and he departed in 4th place for an HKD 488,400 payday. That pot gives Pu a sizable lead over the rest of the field and there are just two players between him and victory.