2017 PokerStars Championship Macau

Main Event
Dias: 1a
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Macau

Resultados Finais
Mão Vencedora
2,877,500 HKD
Event Info
42,400 HKD
20,796,800 HKD
Informações do Nível
150,000 / 300,000

Zigao Yu Takes Early Lead at PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event

Nível 6 : 250/500, 75 ante
Zigao Yu
Zigao Yu

A great call midway through the day propelled China’s Zigao Yu to the top of the counts on Day 1a of the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event, ending the night with 162,400.

The first PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event ever kicked off early Monday afternoon at the City of Dreams resort. Day 1a got underway at noon local time with six 75-minute levels on the schedule. A total of 193 entries put up the HKD $42,400 buy-in throughout the day with 117 surviving through to Day 2.

Joining Yu at the top of the leaderboard was majority Day 1a leader Daniel Laidlaw from Australia (135,400) and Canada’s Ryan Yu (125,900).

Other notables securing a seat on Day 2 include Yan Li (107,700), Albert Paik (98,900), “Billy the croc” Argyros (96,800), Dong Guo (88,200), Bryan Huang (83,400) and Daniel Dvoress (65,000).

Many of the game's elite took a shot on Day 1a. Some familiar faces seen around the room were John Juanda, David Peters, Sam Greenwood, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Fabian Quoss, Davidi Kitai, Xuan Liu and Maria Ho.

Liu’s tournament came to an end when the Canadian pro ran into a wall. Well, two walls really, but mainly Vinay Agarwal’s. Liu had flopped top two-pair but unfortunately, Agarwal and another tablemate both flopped flushes, Agarwal’s being best.

Ho also fell victim to an early exit. Facing a call for her tourney life on the river, Ho slid her remaining chips in the middle only to see her opponent table a straight as she took her leave. Tom Alner, Philipp Gruissem, JC Alvarado and Nick Wong were also among the casualties on Day 1a.

The start of Day 1b will be pushed slightly ahead on Tuesday to give players a chance to fire away in the HKD $200,000 Single Day High Roller, which will commence at noon local time. Day 1b of the Main Event will start at 6:00 p.m. with six 75-minute levels on the slate.

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Tags: Albert PaikBilly ArgyrosBryan HuangDaniel DvoressDaniel LaidlawDong GuoJC AlvaradoMaria HoPhilipp GruissemRyan YuTom AlnerVinay AgarwalXuan Liu

Big Double for Kim

Nível 6 : 250/500, 75 ante
Johnjin Kim
Johnjin Kim

On the three-way flop of {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{6-Spades}, the action checked to Guodong Sun, who bet 6,000. Johnjim Kim raised it up to 16,400 before Wei Zhao then moved all in for 45,250. Sun eventually folded, but Kim called all in for slightly less to put himself at risk.

Johnjin Kim: {6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}
Wei Zhao: {J-Spades}{9-Spades}

The {J-Hearts} turn gave Zhao some more outs to win the hand and massive pot, but the {K-Hearts} river was none of them. Zhao had less than 10 big blinds left, while Kim scored a massive double for 41,950.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Johnjin Kim ph
Johnjin Kim
95,000 95,000
Guodong Sun cn
Guodong Sun
59,000 24,000
Wei Zhao cn
Wei Zhao
4,000 4,000

Tags: Guodong SunJohnjin KimWei Zhao

Troyanovskiy Busts Alner

Nível 5 : 200/400, 50 ante
Tom Alner
Tom Alner

We managed to catch Tom Alner on his way to the exit and he was kind enough to tell us his tale of woe.

Left short after his pocket jacks were brutally beaten by an opponent’s deuce-three offsuit Alner was down to his last 8,000 or so in chips and moved all-in with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and was looked up by Vladimir Troyanovskiy holding pocket sevens.

Unfortunately for the Brit the form that saw him take down two Red Dragon Main Event’s deserted him at this crucial moment and the board ran out a paint-less {10-}{5-}{3-}{4-}{5-} and his PokerStars Macau Championship Main Event is now over.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Tom Alner gb
Tom Alner

Tags: Tom AlnerVladimir Troyanovskiy

Xian Liu Eliminated in Three-Way All In

Nível 5 : 200/400, 50 ante
Xuan Liu
Xuan Liu

After a flop of {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, the action checked to Vinay Agarwal and he bet 2,500. Xuan Liu check-raised all in for 11,075 and Sven Andersson called before Agarwal reraised all in for 37,100 in total. Andersson eventually called to put two players at risk with the biggest stack of the trio.

Xuan Liu: {K-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Vinay Agarwal: {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Sven Andersson: {6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The {6-Hearts} turn and {10-Diamonds} river were both blanks and Liu was eliminated, while Agarwal doubled through Andersson and joined the big stacks.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Vinay Agarwal sg
Vinay Agarwal
87,000 87,000
Sven Andersson se
Sven Andersson
17,500 17,500
Xuan Liu ca
Xuan Liu

Tags: Sven AnderssonVinay AgarwalXuan Liu

Laidlaw Busts Lin

Nível 4 : 150/300, 50 ante
Daniel Laidlaw
Daniel Laidlaw

On the heads-up flop of {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades}, Daniel Laidlaw faced a bet worth 5,000 by Xia Lin and raised it up to 13,000. Lin wasted little time before moving all in for what looked like 25,000 and Laidlaw quickly called.

Xia Lin: {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Daniel Laidlaw: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}

The {9-Clubs} turn left Lin drawing dead, making the {9-Spades} river a formality. Laidlaw bumped his stack once more, while Ryan Yu next to him is also among the bigger stacks after four levels.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Daniel Laidlaw au
Daniel Laidlaw
123,000 58,000
Ryan Yu ca
Ryan Yu
72,000 58,000
Xia Lin cn
Xia Lin

Tags: Daniel LaidlawXia Lin

Fatehi and Aloev Tangle Again

Nível 3 : 100/200, 25 ante
Ali Reza Fatehi
Ali Reza Fatehi

Sometimes a player just has your number and always seems to have a hand when you do. For Russia’s Asker Aloev that man is Ali Reza Fatehi with the Iranian player fast becoming his nemesis.

We caught the action on the river with the board reading {5-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} in an already sizable pot with what looks to be over 20,000 in chips already in the middle of the table.

First to act Fatehi led out for 6,500 and Aloev rolls his eyes up to the ceiling before tossing in the call. Fatehi immediately rolled over {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for a flopped set of fives leaving Aloev to flash a wry smile, his {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} top pair and flopped second nut flush draw no good.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Ali Reza Fatehi ir
Ali Reza Fatehi
96,000 18,300
Asker Aloev ru
Asker Aloev
23,000 4,000

Tags: Ali Reza FatehiAsker Aloev

Pokernews My Stack App Available for all Main Event Players

Nível 2 : 75/150, 0 ante

The PokerNews MyStack App is available for players here at the PokerStars Championship Macau, allowing players to directly update their chip count on the PokerNews Live Reporting page for their friends and family to see.

You can download the app for iPhone or Android now to get started. Then, create a new PokerNews account or update your current one to start updating your status immediately. Your followers can see all the live action that you're involved in.

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Welcome to Day 1a of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event

Welcome to PokerStars Live Macau
Welcome to PokerStars Live Macau

In one hour from now at 12 p.m. local time, one of the highlights of the 2017 PokerStars Chamoionship Macau gets underway at the PokerStars Live Macau poker room at City of Dreams. The first of two starting days for the HKD42,400 Main Event kicks off and will feature a total of six levels of 75 minutes each with a starting stack of 30,000. Registration will remain open for another two levels on Day 2 and there will be a break of 15 minutes every two levels before bagging and tagging.

So far, the first ever PokerStars Championship on Asian soil has attracted fantastic numbers for the events with massive 818 entries in the HK$8,800 PokerStars National Championship and 88 entries in the HK$400,000 Super High Roller. The former event is down to the final table with Koen Breed holding a big chip lead and will determine a winner today, while the same also applies for the Super High Roller as well.

Steve O'Dwyer leads the final 14 players on the money bubble, as the tournament will also come to a conclusion today. While many big names are still hoping for a major title in the Super High Roller, you can expect the PokerStars Team Pros Celina Lin, Felipe Ramos and Team Online Randy "nanonoko" Lew in action of the Main Event.

Day 1 Level Structure

LevelDurationSmall BlindBig BlindAnte
175 min50100 
275 min75150 
Break    15 min    
375 min10020025
475 min15030050
Break    15 min    
575 min20040050
675 min25050075

It is the third PokerStars Championship since the inauguration of the series that follows into the footsteps of the European Poker Tour with stops at the Bahamas and in Panama so far. Christian Harder defeated a 738-entry strong field in January 2017 for a payday of $429,664, while Kenneth Smaron emerged victorious just a few weeks ago in Panama after coming out on top of a 366-entry strong field, claiming $293,860 for his efforts.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide updates from the Main Event, the Single-Day High Roller as well as the final High Roller tournament, so make sure to tune back in regularly.

Tags: Celina LinChristian HarderFelipe RamosKenneth SmaronRandy LewSteve O'Dwyer