Online gaming giant PokerStars embarked on a thrilling journey to glitzy Macau to present one of the top live poker tournaments in the gambling capital of the world. The red spade is once again offering players from all over the world big-money poker tournaments. Macau’s most popular casino resort The City of Dreams is currently sizzling with poker actions as it plays host to the Macau Poker Cup 28 (MPC28), which is to run all the way through 11th February.
The festival includes 31 Official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) events, but the Red Dragon Main Event is undoubtedly the most intriguing of all. There is a lot of buzz among poker players, as they are widely anticipating who will be the players to enter Day 2 of the event. The event kicked off on 4th February and it is to feature three starting flights and three more days of play.
A Closer Look at the Poker Felt
The event drew big numbers in its first two starting flights. In fact, 280 entries have been recorded for Day 1A, but the Day 2 field eclipsed that number as 349 players entered the field. According to the latest updates, 120 players from Day 1B will join the 90 players from Day 1A. Chunhui Ji bagged the chip lead after Day 1A. He is to bring a stack of 171,800 to Day 2 of the event. Linaqin Luo took the chip lead honor for Day 1B with 181,200 in chips. This also means that he has taken over the overall chip lead of all the players thus far that have made it through to Day 2.
The field was full of notable players, including ex-premier league footballer Anthony Gardner, Qiuming Qiu and Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin. It is interesting to mention that Celina Lin won the Red Dragon in Macau two times, but this year she was denied the chance to compete for the grand prize. She was busted just before the end of the day, unable to find enough help from the board.
The sponsors of the event announced that Day 1B met their expectations, but the final starting flight will be by far the busiest and most action-packed. The competition between the players will be fierce as the players are to face a good stimulus of a HK$10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. However, that amount will be, most probably, blown out of the water thanks to the great interest in the event. In addition to the money prize, the champion will walk away with a $30,000 Platinum Package to the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship.