2017 PokerStars Championship Macau

Main Event
Day: 3
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 3 Completed

Xuan Tan and Yan Li Top Day 3 Field with Seven-Figure Stacks

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
Xuan Tan
Xuan Tan

They’re halfway there! Day 3 of this six-day PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event has come to a close with Xuan Tan leading the surviving 37-player strong field with 1,380,000 chips. There’s still a long way to go to find the winner of the HK$3,130,00 first-place prize.

Some of the other players to finish with top stacks tonight included Yan Li (1,000,200), Dong Guo (880,000), David Peters (875,000), and Thibaut Blondel (870,000).

Play resumed at noon in the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams with 151 players reclaiming their chip stacks and seats. A couple of hours later, the money bubble burst as Xiao Luo opened to 9,000 and Daniel McAulay bumped up the price to 28,000, setting the scene for what followed.

When Luo called, the dealer delivered a flop of {10-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Luo checked. McAulay bet 25,000 and Luo called again. The turn was the {5-Spades} and Luo checked. McAulay pushed all in and Luo called. McAulay had {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} while Luo held {k-Spades}{q-Spades} and needed to hit a card to survive. However, the river was the {5-Spades} and Luo met his tournament demise in 104th place, securing a prize for all remaining 103 players.

Starting the day with the chip lead was Pakinai Lisawad who was the only one to bag more than 300,000 chips the night before. He will be back for another day as he finished Day 3 with 151,000 chips.

The chip lead was claimed by Albert Paik early in the day when he called off Ryan Yu’s bluff on a {3-Clubs}{8-Spades}{j-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{7-Spades} board. As soon as Paik called, Yu mucked his hand, knowing he was beat. Paik picked up the huge pot without even having to show his hand and took the chip lead. Paik carried those chips to 66th place where he was eliminated for HK$79,300.

One of the most impressive hands of the day was witnessed when Fabrice Soulier bet 89,000 into a pot of about 200,000 with {j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{3-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} on the table. Soulier had to call the clock on his tanking opponent, Zinan Xu. After about 30 seconds, Xu found the courage to call. Soulier turned over {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and Xu slapped down {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for bottom pair and the winning hand.

There were a lot of talented players who were eliminated from play today as the field narrows. Some of the notable players to collect a payout included Michel Abecassis (100th — HK$62,500), Manig Loeser (87th — HK$62,500), and Bryan Huang (57th — HK$79,300).

Play will resume at noon on Friday with the 37 surviving players returning to play down to the final 16 when play will pause again. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor reporting all of the action, so check back for all of your updates. Until then, have a great night!

Main Event Day 4 Seat Draw

11Zinan XuChina378,000
12Joachim BoldGermany342,000
13Wei Lik Graeme SiowSingapore194,000
14David PetersUSA875,000
15Petar KalevBulgaria558,000
16Dong GuoCanada880,000
17Xuan TanChina1,380,000
18Ro Woong ParkHong Kong177,000
22Renjun YangChina261,000
23Nerijus LuksaNorway173,000
24Jianbo JiangChina368,000
25Zedao MaChina182,000
26Niall MurrayUK133,000
27Jun ZhouChina212,000
28Yen ChenTaiwan211,000
31Thibaut BlondelFrance870,000
32Kiryl RadzivonauBelarus371,000
33Fabrice SoulierFrance272,000
34Yan LiChina1,002,000
35Liwei SunItaly277,000
36Julius MalzaniniUK621,000
37Elliot SmithCanada258,000
38Artem MetalidiUkraine765,000
41Dzmitry RabotkinBelarus679,000
42Daniel LaidlawAustralia441,000
43Yasuyuki TsujiJapan194,000
45Vitaly TevisRussia210,000
46Avraham OzielCanada410,000
47Pakinai LisawadThailand131,000
48Tommy Hjerting BechDenmark250,000
51Shyngis SatubayevKazakhstan190,000
52Tianyuan TangChina622,000
53Aymon HataUK359,000
54Wenlong JinChina758,000
55Feng Wen ChenTaiwan336,000
57Soichiro KojiyaJapan391,000
58Winfred YuHong Kong378,000

Tags: Albert PaikBryan HuangDaniel McAulayDavid PetersDong GuoFabrice SoulierManig LoeserMichel AbecassisPakinai LisawadRyan YuThibaut BlondelXuan TanYan Li

Final Chip Counts Day 3 (full)

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

Here all of the chip counts at the end of play today.

Player Chips Progress
Xuan Tan cn
Xuan Tan
1,380,000 80,000
Yan Li cn
Yan Li
1,002,000 -11,000
Dong Guo cn
Dong Guo
880,000 541,000
David Peters us
David Peters
875,000 -5,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Thibaut Blondel fr
Thibaut Blondel
870,000 -10,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
765,000 -70,000
Wenlong Jin cn
Wenlong Jin
758,000 318,000
Dzmitry Rabotkin by
Dzmitry Rabotkin
679,000 323,000
Tianyuan Tang cn
Tianyuan Tang
622,000 232,000
Julius Malzanini de
Julius Malzanini
621,000 241,000
Petar Kalev bg
Petar Kalev
558,000 198,000
Daniel Laidlaw au
Daniel Laidlaw
441,000 116,000
Avraham Oziel ca
Avraham Oziel
410,000 -150,000
Soichiro Kojiya jp
Soichiro Kojiya
391,000 -52,000
Zinan Xu cn
Zinan Xu
378,000 5,000
Winfred Yu hk
Winfred Yu
378,000 58,000
Kiryl Radzivonau by
Kiryl Radzivonau
371,000 -49,000
Jianbo Jiang cn
Jianbo Jiang
368,000 -32,000
Aymon Hata gb
Aymon Hata
359,000 -191,000
Joachim Bold de
Joachim Bold
342,000 229,000
Feng Wen Chen tw
Feng Wen Chen
336,000 106,000
Liwei Sun cn
Liwei Sun
277,000 152,000
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
272,000 -68,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Renjun Yang cn
Renjun Yang
261,000 -39,000
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
258,000 -297,000

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Yan Li Crosses a Million

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
Yan Li
Yan Li

The second player to cross the million-chip mark is Yan Li. Li started the day among the leaders but slipped down the counts early on. She is back now and taking charge.

Li opened to 25,000 and got a call from the player in the big blind. The two players checked down a board of {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and Li claimed the pot with {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}, besting {k-}{q-}.

Player Chips Progress
Yan Li cn
Yan Li
1,013,000 433,000

Peters Goes Straight Through the Park

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

One of the most dangerous players in the field now has one of the most dangerous stacks.

David Peters just doubled up through Ro Woong Park, again. And this time, it was a big one.

We missed the action prior to the river but were able to catch the details. Peters and Park tangled preflop in a three-bet pot, seeing a flop of {2-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. The flop action went bet, call, and the {3-Clubs} came on the turn.

Peters fired a bet of 75,000 and Park shot his fingers out in the form of a triangle, signaling an all-in raise. Peters snap-called.

Peters: {4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Park: {8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The table was shocked to see Peters' holding, nailing a straight on the turn. Park needed some help on the river but the {5-Clubs} he received was of no assistance.

Peters now sits among the top stacks in the room while Park is slightly less comfortable.

Player Chips Progress
David Peters us
David Peters
880,000 400,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Ro Woong Park hk
Ro Woong Park
270,000 -94,000

Tags: Ro Woong ParkDavid Peters

Blondel Tests Tsuji

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
Yasuyuki Tsuji
Yasuyuki Tsuji

Thibaut Blondel was in middle position and looked down at cards he wanted to play, so he raised to 22,000. Yasuyuki Tsuji was up for the challenge and made the call from the button. The dealer spread a flop of {6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}.

Blondel continued for 22,000 again and Tsuji called again. The turn came {9-Hearts} and Blondel elected to check this round. Tsuji counted out a bet and made it 30,000. Blondel wanted to see how much Tsuji had behind. Once he saw that he had about 240,000 left, Blondel plopped down four stacks of yellows — 400,000 and plenty enough to put Tsuji all in.

Tsuji went in the tank and, after a couple of minutes, another player at the table called clock. The time ticked down. Once he hit the 30-second mark and he was told how much time he had left, he threw his cards in the muck. Blondel turned over {a-Spades}{9-Spades} and gleefully stacked the chips.

Player Chips Progress
Thibaut Blondel fr
Thibaut Blondel
880,000 681,000
Yasuyuki Tsuji jp
Yasuyuki Tsuji
240,000 -49,000

Tags: Thibaut BlondelYasuyuki Tsuji

Li Wins a Big Pot

Level 19 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

All of the community cards were out when we got to the table where Yan Li and Aymon Hata were facing each other for a big pot. There was {3-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} on the felt and Li checked. Hata bet 55,000 and Li thought for a bit before carefully counting out a raise to 120,000 and sliding it forward. Hata only paused for a few seconds before folding.

Player Chips Progress
Yan Li cn
Yan Li
580,000 15,000
Aymon Hata gb
Aymon Hata
550,000 5,000

Tags: Yan LiAymon Hata