Macau Poker Cup, August 1-17, 2014 - Coverage

Macau Poker Cup, August 1-17, 2014 - Event Coverage

On this page you will find Player Lists, Gallery Photos, Payout, Side Events and Final Table from the event.

For more information, please see the Macau Poker Cup event page. Full reports from Macau are on the PokerStars Blog and APPT facebook page.

Player Lists





Place Name Status Prize (HK$)
1 Zhenru Xie   1,667,000
2 Mathew Ryan   1,100,000
3 Takuya Yamashita   658,000
4 Pete Chen   491,000
5 Hu Liu   350,000
6 Chen Wang   290,000
7 John Hoang   232,000
8 Enming Zhang   175,000
9 Zhenru Xie   135,600
10 Kunaal Chandra   100,000
11 Quan Zhou   81,000
12 Winfred Yu   81,000
13 Marin Hyun Joo Yum   66,000
14 Juicy Sixiao Li   66,000
15 Raymi Torbjorn Sanchez Thorn   66,000
16 Yuichiro Sodeyama   54,500
17 Katsuya Muranaka   54,500
18 Shen Xiongsong   54,500
19 Renjun Yang   46,500
20 Alvan Yifan Zheng   46,500
21 Jixue Lin   46,500
22 Chulwoo Park   46,500
23 Ping Jie Wu   38,500
24 Shu Xu   38,500
25 Vincent Kwun Ngai Li   38,500
26 Alvin Cheam   38,500
27 Zheng Mao Lin   34,750
28 enny Leong   34,750
29 Wai Tung Lo   31,000
30 Koichi Nozaki   31,000
31 Wei Yang   31,000
32 Katsuya Muranaka   31,000
33 Robert Schwartz   31,000
34 Bin Hu   31,000
35 Edward Hong Keun Kim   31,000
36 Jean Pierre Didier   31,000
37 Yuki Ko   27,000
38 Nang Quang Nguyen   27,000
39 Jheng-wei Lin   27,000
40 Yang Wang   27,000
41 Ke Jing Li   27000
42 Lianyu Cheng   27,000
43 En Zhang   27,000
44 Martin Gait   27,000
45 Chin Te Chiu   27,000
46 Alan King Lun Lau   23,000
47 Yuan Shao   23,000
48 Wenxiang Chen   23,000
49 Darian Kok Fye Tan   23,000
50 Jing Wang   23,000
51 Hui Ma   23,000
52 Mikal Blomlie   23,000
53 Hai Bo Chu   23,000
54 Masato Yokosawa   23,000
55 Zhenjian Lin   23,000
56 Liming Zhang   23,000
57 Zhenling Lin   23,000
58 Tien Quyet Pham   23,000
59 Chun Tung Wai   23,000
60 Wing Cheong Chong   23,000
61 van Binh Pham   23,000
62 Kotaro Ozawa   23,000
63 Daichi Tominaga   23,000
64 Adrian Brion   19,000
65 Yumiko Uda   19,000
66 Yang Shen   19,000
67 Lei Chen   19,000
68 Ran Tao   19,000
69 Ken Demlakian   19,000
70 Chao Tan   19,000
71 Yansong Guo   19,000
72 Mike Hai-ming Wong   19,000
73 Mengyao Chen   19,000
74 Mingwei Li   19,000
75 Gregory Jessner   19,000
76 Kevin Yun Lam Choi   19,000
77 Zedao Ma   19,000
78 Elmar Torrente   19,000
79 Liang Yu   19,000
80 Minhao Shi   19,000
81 Yuki Yoshida   19,000
82 Jose Drillon   19,000
83     19,000
84 Yeow Chung Chong   19,000
85 Raiden Kan   19,000
86 Ming Yu Zou   19,000
87 Ion Sang Song   19,000
88 Chien Sheng Huang   19,000
89 Shih-huang Chang   19,000
90 Lei Song   19,000
91 Rajeev Kanjani   16,000
92 Anyang Xu   16,000
93 Puwei Zhu   16,000
94 Xinqi Jiao   16,000
95 Jiaxiu Liu   16,000
96 Yanqin Huang   16,000
97 Xun Sun   16,000
98 Qu Liu   16,000
99 Andrew Scott   16,000
100 Jun Zhou   16,000
101 Zhi Yun   16,000
102 Shao Li   16,000
103 Ming Kit Frankie Wu   16,000
104 Jile Zhou   16,000
105 Hsien Hsun Lee   16,000
106 Mingqin Liu   16,000
107 Lin Feng Ji   16,000
108 Xin Zhang  


108 Chongxian Yang   5,333
108 Daren Kee Yim Seah   5,333

Side Events

Final Table

Final Table

Seat 1: Takuya Yamashita, 26 - Tokyo, Japan - 1,220,000 in chips

The lone Japanese player in the final nine, Takuya Yamashita will start the final table with the fifth largest chip stack. Yamashita was all in and at risk on the second last hand of Day 3, but managed to double and is now in contention for the Red Dragon title.

Yamashita is a 26-year old consultant from Tokyo who enjoys football and playing texas holdem poker, which he has proven to do quite well. This will be Yamashita's largest tournament result no matter where he finishes at the final table.

Seat 2: Wai Leong Chan, 28, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - 445,000 in chips

Malaysia's lone representative at the final table is Wai Leong Chan. The 28-year professional poker player from Petaling Jaya has been playing poker for five years, predominantly online. Chan mostly plays pot limit Omaha cash games.

Chan was the chip leader at the end of Day 2, though will begin the final table with the short stack. It wasn't always looking like that would be the case, but Chan lost a massive pot to final table chip leader Hu Liu at the end of Day 3. By making the final table Chan has already posted his largest tournament result.

Seat 3: Emning Zhang, 29 - Beijing, China - 735,000 in chips

Emning Zhang finished Day 1B of the Red Dragon as the chip leader and now finds himself at the final table. It's not too often a Day 1 chip leader wins a tournament, but Zhang will be looking to buck that trend on Wednesday.

Zhang is a 29-year old Marking Director from Beijing and has been playing poker for two years. In his sparetime, Zhang enjoys going to the movies and playing badminton. Zhang has enjoyed every part of the tournament and hopes he will keep enjoying it at the final table.

Seat 4: Zhenru Xie, 35 - China - 1,275,000 in chips

Zhenru Xie is another of the massive Chinese contingent here at the Red Dragon. Xie is a 35-year old CEO who says he has been playing poker for "a few years" but can't exactly remember how he first got started in the game.

Xie says that he normally prefers playing Pot Limit Omaha, but his No Limit Holdem game has taken him this far here at MPC21 in what is his biggest ever tournament result.
When asked if he had any hobbies outside of poker, Xie responded with "only poker". He's clearly he's a man passionate about the game, and that alone should carry him a long way.

Seat 5: Chen Wang, 26 - Tianjing, China - 1,140,000 in chips

Chen Wang has only played poker for two years but this is already his second significant final table in two trips to PokerStars LIVE Macau. He made the 2014 APPT Macau High Roller final table and finished in third place. The 26-year old is making his first Main Event final table.

Wang says he is willing to play any game at any limit; and, that kind of fearlessness could make him the dark horse - or, in this case, the dark dragon slayer?

Seat 6: Peter Chen, 26 - Taipei, Chinese Taipei - 1,250,000 in chips

Peter Chen's is one of Asia's young guns of poker. The Taiwanese poker pro has only been playing the game for five years and says he has no other hobbies outside of poker. This kind of singular focus has produced some solid results in the 2014 season where he's now made five final tables in Official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) events including the APPT Macau Main Event where finished in fifth place.

His success thus far in the Red Dragon event assures he'll hold the No. 1 spot on the APOY rankings for at least another 24 hours. But a deep run on Wednesday could stretch that lead significantly.

Seat 7: John Q. Hoang - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - 980,000 in chips

John Hoang is no stranger to final tables in big events with more than US$2.2 million in career tournament earnings. Hoang's decorated resume includes three WSOP final tables. The Vietnamese poker pro is a versatile player who also plays in some of the biggest cash games in Macau.

Arguably the most experienced amongst the final nine, Hoang has told us that he's particularly enjoyed the level of action from his tournament competition.

Seat 8: Liu Hu, Shanghai, China - 3,155,000 in chips

Liu Hu is a 28-year old businessman hailing from Shanghai in China. He has been playing poker for five years but this is very first tournament in Macau, and he's making the most of his time here. After looking on the brink of defeat late on Day 3 when all in with pocket jacks against pocket queens, Hu flopped a set and then turned quads to double up and stay alive.

In his words that "strengthened his confidence" and he was able to then use that confidence to bully his table around with some aggressive play to amass a commanding chip lead entering the final table.

Hu says that he has enjoyed the professional level of service here at PokerStars LIVE Macau, and with a taste of success, we're sure this won't be the last time we see Hu.

Seat 9: Mathew Ryan, 40 - Melbourne, Australia - 1,765,000 in chips

Mathew Ryan is a 40-year old Accountant from Melbourne, Australia. Although originally from 'down under', Ryan has been based in China for the last ten years. Ryan has been playing poker for three years, mostly in pub poker events back in Melbourne.

When only two tables remained on Day 3, Ryan dealt the fatal blow to several players, most notably cracking Juicy Li's pocket kings with ace-jack and cracking Katsuya Muranaka's pocket queens with ace-jack. Outside of poker Ryan enjoys drinking wine. The aspect of this tournament that Ryan has enjoyed the most has been the PokerStars LIVE Macau staff such as APPT President Danny McDonagh.