The Chinese gambling enclave of Macau is currently flocked with poker enthusiasts, who are enjoying one of the most prestigious poker festivals, and more precisely Macau Poker Cup 28 (MCP28). The event is sponsored by the reputable cardroom PokerStars, which returns to the gambling capital of the world for yet another year.
The event is one of the biggest poker festivals on Chinese soil and it kicked off on 26th January. Players from all over the world are given the chance to demonstrate their poker skills and win a life-changing prize.
The 17-day poker festival features an astounding selection of tournaments, including 31 Official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) events and the iconic Red Dragon Main Event. The HK$15,000 buy-in tournament is to offer a massive HK$10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. In addition to that, the festival features some other legendary events, including the Baby Dragon, Megastack, $25,000 NLH, Single Day High Roller and High Roller events.
The HK$15,000 Red Dragon Main Event is expected to garner the most attention at the MCP28. PokerStars offers also plenty of satellite events for the players, who would like to work their way up the ladder and qualify for a seat, valued at HK$3,000. Day 1A is already on the books.
Chunhui Ji Vies Red Dragon Title
Chunhui Ji was the player to navigate his way through a field of 280 players and bag the chip lead. The player managed to stack up a tower of chips as big as 171,800. Ji leads the way by a narrow margin over Dongqi Lin, who is to bring a stack of 170,200 to Day 2 of the event.
After the end of the first starting flight, only 90 players made it through to Day 2, which is to commence on 7th February. Even at this early stage of the event, there is a list of notables in the field, including Shuchi Chamaria Agarwal, Martijn Gerrits, Danny Tang, Gab Yong Kim and others. Tomorrow is the final chance for the players to get in and take a shot at the Red Dragon Main Event. The competition is to be fierce, but that makes the win even sweeter.
The last player standing is to walk away with a fuller bankroll and top honors. In addition to that, the champion will win $30,000 Platinum Package to the inaugural $25k buy-in PokerStars Players Championship set to take place in the Bahamas in 2019. Day 1B is already well upon us and the cards are now in the air to determine the next lineup of players, who will have the chance to compete for the grand prize.