Poker action is underway all over the world and everyone is anxiously waiting for the best players to return to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker final table. Nine players are left in the race and one month from now we will know the name of the one who wins the most important poker tournament in the world. Meanwhile, there is plenty of money up for grabs in Europe and Macau, with Chinese players flocking to the greatest gambling hub for the Macau Poker Cup 21.
This tournament was hosted in partnership with PokerStars, as the online poker room established a permanent position in Macau. They found it worthwhile to make the transition from online gambling to land-based casino tournaments and this edition attracted more than 800 players. The tournaments set a new record and Zhenru Xie had a long way to go to claim the first prize worth HK$1,667,000.
He didn’t like the tough competition have a deterring effect on his resolve and he meticulously claw his way all the way to the top. The vast majority of participants were Chinese players, which is hardly a surprise since this is one of the few places where they can legally play their game of choice. The winner was guaranteed a prize of $250,000 and also a Slyde Titanium design watch, the same brand that makes the coveted trophies for the European Poker Tour
Out of 800 players who found the resources to participate, only 108 were expected to finish in the money, with action coming to a screeching halt as the bubble stage began. The players were overly concerned about the prospect of losing even this consolation prize, but once this difficult moment was behind them, the survivors shifted into a more aggressive gear. This was the time when Zhenru Xie accumulated most of the chips and he kept building on the stack, until he had more than 300 million chips to his name.
The final table was a one sided affair, with Chinese players being eliminated one after the other, leaving only Zhenru Xie to carry the flag. During three handed play, he caused the elimination of Takuya Yamashita from Japan and then dealt with Matthew Ryan from Australia during the heads up. The runner-up received in excess of HK$1 million but these spoils went through the victor as you can see below:
|4||Pete Chen||Chinese Taipei||HK$491,000|
|9||Wai Leong Chan||Malaysia||HK$135,600|