It took two days to narrow down the record-high pool of 75 entrants to a final table of nine in the Macau Poker Cup 23 (MPC23) High Roller. Eventually, James Chen of Chinese Taipei came out on top and snagged HK$1,704,000 (US$220,000) in just his second career cash.
The win came just days after Yue Feng Pan defeated 945 players to win a similar pot (HK$2,108,000 or US$272,000) in the MPC23 Main Event.
Once the pool was narrowed down to the final nine players, Chen emerged victorious after just over an hour. He came to the final table with the chip lead and never once relinquished it.
A dramatic hand came when American Scott Davies was eliminated by Japan’s Makoto Yoshimichi, the reigning World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific champion. Davies moved all in for 435,000 in chips on A♡, 8♧ against Yoshimichi’s Q♤, Q♧. The table saw a 9♧, K♡, 10♢, 7♤, 9♡ play, leaving Davies’ yearning for another ace unfulfilled.
Less than an hour later, Tom Alner of the UK fell when his Q♧, 9♢ fell to Chen’s A♧, 4♧.
The final hand, between Chen and Yoshimichi, saw Chen with pocket jacks (♧, ♤) and Yoshimichi with 10♡, 6♡. The runner-up paid 420,000 to see the 10♧, 5♧, 4♤ flop. The subsequent Q♡ and Q♧ kept Chen out front and saw him take home the grand prize.
Chen’s only prior cash was for HK$230,700 ($30,000) when he won second-place in February’s MPC HK$6,000 No-Limit Hold’em Baby Dragon.
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(Photo credit: Tristan Schmurr, Creative Commons.)
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