Main Event

Cheung Takes the Lead

RazorSharpPro • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 24,000 ante
Wai King Cheung

A huge hand played out not long after the unofficial final table restarted that saw Hong Kong's Wai King Cheung climb to the top of the chip counts.

It was Jae Wook Shin who instigated the action with an under-the-gun open to 48,000, with Cheung calling from one seat over before David Erquiaga three-bet to 200,000 from the cutoff. Both Shin and Cheung called to swell the pot to 636,000 and action went three-way to a flop of {7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}.

All three players seemed a little gun-shy, and it was checked all around, with the dealer burning and turning the {4-Spades}. After Shin checked for a second time, Cheung cut out two stacks of the recently introduced red 25k chips for a bet of 200,000. With the action on Erquiaga, the Filipino hit the think tank, where he remained for several minutes before sliding in the call, with Shin mucking quickly to take the action heads-up.

The {q-Hearts} river saw Cheung fire a second barrel, this time for 300,000 and Erquiaga made another lengthy visit to the think tank, before eventually electing to give it up, leaving Cheung to scoop the massive pot without a showdown. That sizable windfall means Cheung has edged into the chip lead for this first time this tournament, and he is now sitting on a stack of over 2 million in chips. Erquiaga dropped to around 850,000 or so after the hand.

Chip Counts
Wai King Cheung HK 2,135,000 990,000
David Erquiaga PH 850,000 -300,000

Tags: David ErquiagaJae Wook ShinWai King Cheung