MPC 28: Junhao Hong Leads Red Dragon FT; Punjwani & Rajpopat Finish Short Of FT

PokerStars Live Macau has been buzzing with the high-octane poker action with the Macau Poker Cup 28 currently going on. While the numerous events have already wrapped up, the mighty Red Dragon Main Event (HK$10,000,000 guarantee) is currently underway and has reached its final table with Chinese player- Junhao Hong leading the final 9 with 4.61 million. Hong is followed by Jiang Ho Huang from Singapore with 3,985,000. Sitting on 3rd is again a Chinese player-Alvin Zheng.

Indian Participation

The 8 Indians, namely Rajesh Rajpopat, Aditya Agarwal, Manoj Pentakota, Kunal Manohar Punjwani, Young Gun Sahil Chutani, Atul Nagpal, Chiraag Patel and the upcoming poker player Devesh Thapar made it to Day 2 of the event. Among the eight Indians who made Day 2, Aditya Agarwal and Sahil Chutani managed to cash out. Agarwal picked up HK$32,100 (INR2,67,747) for his116th place finish, while the well-known Chutani made $35,000 (INR 2,87,458) for his 97th place finish.

Day 3 began with 69 players still chasing the Red Dragon dream. While it saw several notables, only 2 Indian players-Kunal Punjwani and Rajesh Rajpopat could make it to Day 3. Punjwani entered the day 4th in chips with an impressive 722,000, while Rajpopat entered 16th in chips with 445,000. Unfortunately, both of them fell short of the coveted final table. Rajpopat ended finishing 43rd for HK$52,500 (INR 4,32,098), while Punjwani finished 24th for HK$75,900 (INR 6,24,850).

Final Table Chip Counts:

  1. Junhao Hong – 4,610,000
  2. Jiang Ho Huang – 3,985,000
  3. Zhou Tong – 2,965,000
  4. Alvin Zheng – 2,830,000
  5. Minho Lee – 2,655,000
  6. Aleksei Opalikhin – 2,200,000
  7. Dongqi Lin – 1,680,000
  8. Zhenhua Lu – 995,000
  9. Jiming Chen – 535,000

Every player at the final table will have a little extra incentive in the form of a Platinum Pass provided by PokerStars. The $30,000 Platinum Pass package promises a seat to the first-ever $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship along with $5,000 with airfare and accommodations. There’s also a seat into the ACOP Main Event, that even not counting the HK$3m first-place prize.

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