Macau Poker Cup 2011 Won By Patrick Kar Keng LeeAugust 16, 2011 9:10 am
Patrick Kar Keng Lee has won the Red Dragon main event at the Macau Poker Cup in Macau, China, after overcoming a field of 478 players to lift the title, and collect the HK$1,039,700 (US$133,417) first place prize.
Following his remarkable win Patrick Kar Keng Lee commented:
“It feels good. I have played a few live events here at PokerStars Macau but this is my first final table. I haven’t thought about the money. I’m just excited about the win and will be attending future events for sure.”
On his way to victory, the 27-year old Singaporean had to navigate his way past a tough international field which included players from Japan (92), Hong Kong (81), Chinese Taipei (44) and China (42).
By the time the final table of nine had been reached, the remaining contenders consisted of four Chinese players, and a player from Japan, Malaysia, Poland, the United States, and of course, Patrick Kar Keng Lee from Singapore.
The Singaporean then proceeded to play a patient waiting game while Wenlong Jin (China) fell in 9th, Pawel Chmiel (Poland) in 8th, Jun Chen (China) in 7th, Daniel Tarnopol (US) in 6th, and Chen Lu (China) in 5th.
Then with the blinds at 20k/40k and with a 441k stack behind him, Patrick Kar Keng Lee (A-J) called chip leader Zhou´s Qh-5d all-in bet (2.3 million stack) to keep his tournament hopes alive.
Xiaobo Zhou later eliminated Malaysian Jun Wah Yap in 4th but was then severely depleted by a hand played against Lee who held K-10 on a 2-K-10 flop against Zhou’s A-Q. The following hand Zhou was eliminated and so Patrick Kar Keng Lee then took a 2 to 1 chip advantage over Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) into the heads-up phase of the competition.
Lee then bullied Tsuchikawa down to less than 10 BBs, before the Japanese player shoved his remaining 961,000 chips holding pocket tens into Lee’s As-Jc. With the board then falling Ad-Qs-4s-Ks-6h, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa finished the runner-up for HK$717,000, while Patrick Kar Keng Lee became Singapore’s first ever Macau Poker Cup Champion.
In total, the 9 day Macau Poker Cup series had a record 1,652 players attend and HKD $9,553,323 (USD $1,225,000) in prize money awarded this year, with PokerStars Director of Live Operation for Asia-Pacific Danny McDonagh commenting:
“It’s an amazing way to finish the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon series in 2011. I’m really looking forward to October’s MPC: Championship. Already having 4 record breaking events this year leaves me very optimistic about doing the same for the final two majors.”