2017 PokerStars Championship Macau

Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Macau

Final Results
Winning Hand
2,877,500 HKD
Event Info
42,400 HKD
Prize Pool
20,796,800 HKD
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000

Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Joachim Bold Claims Day 1b Chip Lead of PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante
Day 1b Chip Leader Joachim Bold
Day 1b Chip Leader Joachim Bold

Day 1b of the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event has come to an end with 226 players surviving the six 75-minute levels they faced today. A total of 321 hopefuls entered the luxurious City of Dreams resort today with their sights set on bagging chips by day’s end.

A late 6 p.m. start today gave locals some extra time to get to their seat before cards were in the air and a number of players who took part in this afternoon’s Single Day High Roller had the chance to get some more hands in after their luck ran out.

Germany’s Joachim Bold wielded the largest stack by the time the clock ran out, gathering the majority of his 130,500 stack when he picked up pocket aces and busted another player’s pocket queens.

PositionNameCountryChip Count
1Joachim BoldGermany130,500
2Yao MengChina128,700
3Yuexin WangChina121,100
4Yap Jun WahMalaysia114,700
5Roman PapacekCzech Republic113,700

Chinese movie actress Yao Meng (128,700) and Malaysian Yuexin Wang (121,400) hovered very close to the top of the chip counts. A number of notable players secured a seat for tomorrow’s Day 2 as well including Elliot Smith (101,700), Sofia Lovgren (66,500), Manig Loeser (56,800), Winfred Yu (47,300) and yesterday’s Super High Roller Champion Steve O’Dwyer (25,300).

Several PokerStars pros joined in the hunt for a title, though many were lost along the way. Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew and Aditya Agarwal were able to stave off elimination but Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Chris Moneymaker, Celina Lin and Felipe Ramos saw their torches snuffed out.

Ramos was especially frustrated with how his day went. The Brazilian Team Pro hadn’t won a single hand he played early on, seeing his stack dwindle below 10,000. It seemed his luck was turning around toward the end of the night, scoring a massive double up with pocket aces against pocket kings, only to pick up two aces again the very next hand and get cracked by pocket tens.

The remaining 226 players from Day 1b will join the 117 survivors from Day 1a Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m local time as Day 2 kicks off.

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Tags: Aditya AgarwalBertrand GrospellierCelina LinChris MoneymakerElliot SmithFelipe RamosJoachim BoldManig LoeserRandy LewSofia LovgrenSteve O'DwyerWinfred YuYuexin Wang

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Joachim Bold de
Joachim Bold
130,500 2,500
Yao Meng cn
Yao Meng
128,700 128,700
Yuexin Wang cn
Yuexin Wang
121,100 -19,900
Yap Jun Wah my
Yap Jun Wah
114,700 6,700
Roman Papacek cz
Roman Papacek
113,700 73,700
Beh Kok Weng my
Beh Kok Weng
105,700 105,700
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
101,700 14,200
Dilijiang A cn
Dilijiang A
95,900 16,900
Minggeng Bo cn
Minggeng Bo
95,500 95,500
Matthew Wakeman au
Matthew Wakeman
91,200 91,200
Renjun Yang cn
Renjun Yang
87,100 87,100
Geoffrey Waterlot be
Geoffrey Waterlot
86,700 1,400
Corey Hochman us
Corey Hochman
84,900 -13,100
Hao Su cn
Hao Su
84,500 84,500
Qi Luo cn
Qi Luo
80,800 80,800
Tim Lowe mo
Tim Lowe
79,700 79,700
Liang Xu cn
Liang Xu
79,600 79,600
Ivan Deyra fr
Ivan Deyra
79,300 79,300
WSOP 1X Winner
Anthony Diotte ca
Anthony Diotte
78,600 4,600
Ying Lin Chua my
Ying Lin Chua
77,900 77,900
Jaeik Cho jp
Jaeik Cho
75,400 75,400
Kahle Burns au
Kahle Burns
75,200 10,200
WSOP 2X Winner
Tao Fan cn
Tao Fan
72,700 9,700
Jingjun Shen cn
Jingjun Shen
71,800 -12,700
Changjie Zhang sg
Changjie Zhang
71,000 71,000

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Frustrating Day for Ramos Ends With Early Exit

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante
Felipe Ramos
Felipe Ramos

PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos had not been having a great day. Things did, however, turn around over the last level but came to a devastating halt just moments ago.

Ramos said earlier today he hadn't won a single hand he played and seen his stack dwindle to under 10,000. The Brazilian had found some luck picking up aces in back-to-back hands.

In the first round with the pocket rockets, Ramos doubled up besting pocket kings. The very next hand though, Ramos got his stack in the middle again, this time against two tens. Unfortunately, the tens emerged victorious and Ramos was left without any chips in front of him and his chair is now empty.

Player Chips Progress
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos

Tags: Felipe Ramos

Five More Hands Tonight

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante

A card has been cut to decide how many more hands will be played tonight — the answer is five. Once players play their fifth hand, their stacks will be bagged and tagged for the night, waiting to be reopened tomorrow at 2 p.m. for Day 2.

Burns Applies the Heat

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante
Kahle Burns
Kahle Burns

Kahle Burns raised to 1,200 from the cutoff seat and the player on the button looked down at his cards before grabbing raising chips. He made it 3,500 and action folded back to Burns.

Burns eyed up his opponent and counted out a stack of chips. He pushed forward a four-bet worth 9,600 and his opponent only thought for a moment before folding.

Player Chips Progress
Kahle Burns au
Kahle Burns
65,000 29,500
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Kahle Burns

Chen Gives It Up

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante

Yosuke Takagi raised to 1,200 from the cutoff seat and James Chen, sitting on his direct left on the button, three-bet to 4,000. Takagi called and the two went heads-up to a flop of {5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{j-Spades}.

Takagi led out for 5,000 and Chen called, seeing a turn of {8-Clubs}. Takagi continued for another 5,000 and Chen called again.

The river was the {3-Hearts} and Takagi joined motioned at the dealer, joining his thumbs and forefingers in a triangle to call for the all-in triangle. He pushed the rest of his chips in, amounting to just under 10,000. Chen folded before the count was finished.

Player Chips Progress
James Chen tw
James Chen
75,000 4,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: James Chen

Super High Roller Champ in the House

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante

Fresh off last night's thrilling Super High Roller win, his second-straight PokerStars Championship Super High Roller victory, Steve O'Dwyer has entered the mix here on Day 1b.

As luck would have it, O'Dwyer is sitting to the left of the third-place finisher in yesterday's Super High Roller, Manig Loeser. Quite the table is forming over there as Elliot Smith get's position on O'Dwyer, sitting to his immediate left.

Player Chips Progress
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
87,500 45,500
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
47,500 5,000
EPT 1X Winner
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
30,000 30,000
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Elliot SmithManig LoeserSteve O'Dwyer

Five-Bet Seals it for Fan

Level 6 : 250/500, 75 ante

Tao Fan called an under-the-gun open of 1,050 while on the button only to see a three-bet from the player in the big blind to 3,100. The UTG player then bumped it up again with a four-bet to 8,100.

Fan reviewed his options before putting out a five-bet worth 21,500. Both his opponents folded and Fan earned the checkmark.

Player Chips Progress
Tao Fan cn
Tao Fan
63,000 63,000

Tags: Tao Fan