4.50pm: Break Number Two
With more than half the final table being eliminated, the remaining four players have been sent on a 10-minute break.
4.45pm: Big Pot for Sekiya
Yosuke Sekiya is just a couple of eliminations away from taking the lead on the Asia Player of the Year leader board. Sekiya is in even better shape to do that now after he has just taken down a handy pot against Rui Chen.
The hand in question started with Sekiya opening the pot to 40,000 from under the gun. Rui Chen made the call from the button and Sunny Jung called from the big blind. A 5♦4♦8♠ flop would see Jung and Sekiya check and Chen bet 80,000. Jung got out of the way, while Sekiya made the call. The K♦ on the turn would see Sekiya again check-call, this time a bet of 160,000. The A♠ on the river would see Sekiya change his gears, opting to lead for 200,000. That was too much for Chen and he raked in the pot.
4.40pm: Rui Sending Some to Sunny
The four remaining players have slowed down their play recently, with only a few hands seeing a flop. One of the largest of the recent hands began when Rui Chen was in the button and he opened up the pot to 50,000. Only Sunny Jung would make a call from the big blind and the dealer would flip over a 8♦A♠5♥ flop. Jung check-called a bet of 60,000 and then again checked on the 3♠ turn. This time Chen would bet 120,000 and Jung would make the call. When the 2♥ landed on the river, Jung would this time led, tumbling out a bet of 111,000. Chen quickly got out of the way and Jung raked up the pot.
4.20pm: Huge Come Back for Jin
Wenlong Jin started the day with just 184,000 in chips. He has ridden that stack all the way to four-handed play and now sits with over 1,000,000 in chips. The latest hand to go Jin's way saw him up go against the chip leader Rui Chen. The hand started with Chen opening to 50,000. Jin then clicked it back with a min-raise to 80,000 on Chen's left. Chen made the call and then both players checked the 4♠7♠2♥ flop. On the8♣ turn, Chen led for 120,000 and Jin thought for a while before flatting. A K♥ would complete the board on the river and this time Chen would check and Jin would bet 205,000. Chen snapped it off and then mucked just as quickly when Jin tabled 6♦5♦ for a turned straight.
4.05pm: Kevin Kung Eliminated in 5th Place (HK$289,160)
Kevin Kung wouldn't go down without a fight. It took two hands to see him hit the rail in 5th place. The first hand saw him get all his chips in preflop holding A♠K♣ and he was going up against Wenlong Jin's J♦T♦. Jin and Kung's stacks were very similar and unfortunately for Kung, a 6♠3♠Q♦9♠J♣ board would be a roller coaster ride that end up going the way of Jin.
Following the above hand, Kung had just 3,000 in chips and 2,000 of those were committed to the ante on the very next hand. Sunny Jung opened the pot to 47,000 from under the gun here and Kung committed his final 1,000-denomination chip, putting himself at risk. Jin called Jung's raise out of the big blind and the dealer turned over a 9♥Q♥J♠ flop. Jin check-folded to a bet of 60,000 from Jung here and it was Kung versus one.
Kung's 7♥3♦ was in awful shape against Jung's A♠6♦, but the 5♥ on the turn meant Kung had a sweat for the flush. However, it simply wasn't meant to be as a Q♠ on the river sealed Kung's fate.
3.50pm: Level Up, Blinds 10,000-20,000, Ante 2,000
3.45pm: Jessica Ngu Eliminated in 6th Place (HK$241,000)
Just a short while after Lisi Wei was eliminated and we have now lost our last lady standing here in the 2012 MPCC Main Event. Jessica Ngu's last hand saw her three-bet to 116,000 after Rui Chen opened up the pot to 38,000 from under the gun. Ngu was in the big blind at this stage and would call off the remainder of her chips when Chen four-bet all in.
Ngu held A♠J♣, which was not in good shape against Chen's A♥K♠. The A♦6♣T♥2♦A♠ board would mean we would not have a lady champion today, with Ngu being sent home in 6th place for a HK$241,000 score. With the elimination of Ngu, Chen continues his domination of the final table.
3.35pm: Some Doubling Action
Wenlong Jin has just managed to fire up the action at the table, doubling his stack against Kevin Kung. Jin was on the button when he shoved for 187,000. Kung, in the big blind, thought for quite some time before calling and tabling A♠2♥. Jin held J♥T♦ and would need a bit of help to survive. A K♥T♣2♦9♥3♠ board was solid for Jin and with that, Kung is now the short stack at the table.
3.25pm: Now It Slows
After a fast and furious early part of the day, the 2012 MPCC Final Table is finally looking like slowing down. The last round or so has seen no flops hit the felt, with the blinds and antes being shared around the table.
3.10pm: Lisi Wei Eliminated in 7th Place (HK$193,000)
Just a short while after the first break and we have lost our 7th-place finisher! It was Lisi Wei who has the unlucky player to be sent to the rail, with her last hand of the MPCC Main Event beginning with Rui Chen opening to 32,000 from under the gun. Folded around to Wei in the big blind and she would put in the extra chips to make the call.
A 9♣4♠8♦ flop would see Wei check and Chen bet 28,000. Wei then jammed all in for 260,000. Chen made the call and was in front with his K♠9♣ against Wei's T♦8♠. The J♠ on the turn and the J♦ on the river brought no help for Wei and she was sent packing with HK$193,000 to show for her time.
3.10PM: No Flopping
The first three hands back from the break has seen no flops dealt as Sunny Jung has locked up two pots with some preflop aggression. The third pot went to Yosuke Sekiya when he three-bet Jung, who had now opened three hands in a row. Jung folded to Sekiya's bet and that was that.
2.50pm: Seven Back to It
The seven remaining players are back from their break and ready to keep playing here at the 2012 MPCC Final Table.
Here is how the chips counts look following the break. As you can see, it is still Rui Chen with a dominating chip lead, while the rest of the field is fairly even. Lisi Wei is the short stack.
Rui Chen - 2,200,000
Yosuke Sekiya - 785,000
Sunny Jung - 670,000
Kevin Kung - 485,000
Wenlong Jin - 355,000
Jessica Ngu - 335,000
Lisi Wei - 320,000