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  • January 19, 2021

James Chen Wins Macau Poker Cup 23 High Roller

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( Yue Feng Pan captured headlines when he topped a record summer series field of 945 players to win the Macau Poker Cup 23 (MPC23) Main Event for HK$2,108,000 (approx. $272,000), but just a couple days later another man captured a nearly equal prize.
James Chen of Chinese Taipei emerged victorious over a record 75-player field in the MPC23 High Roller for HK$1,704,000 (approx. $220,000). Prior to the win, Chen had just one cash on his résumé — HK$230,700 (approx. $30,000) for a runner-up finish in February’s MPC Event #2 HK$6,000 No-Limit Hold’em Baby Dragon.
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MPC23 High Roller Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (HKD)Prize (USD)
1James En Ning ChenChinese Taipei$1,704,000$219,850
2Makoto YoshimichiJapan$1,117,000$144,115
3Tom AlnerUK$726,000$93,668
4Liang YuChina$559,000$72,122
5Wayne Wei Ye ZhangChina$391,000$50,447
6Yan CaiChina$335,000$43,222
7Scott DaviesUSA$279,000$35,997
8Xiang ZhuChina$251,500$32,449
9Huidong GuMacau$223,500$28,836

According to updates from the event, it took two full days of poker and 66 eliminations to arrive at the final table of the MPC23 High Roller, but then just a further 75 minutes for Chen to claim victory.
“The pace throughout the day gave no indication that the final table would be over so quickly, but Chen simply dominated and ensured it was a short night at the felt,” PokerStars said in a press release.
Chen began the final table with the chip lead and never relinquished it. After Huidong Gu fell within the first 15 minutes, Chen scored his first final table knockout when his pocket kings held against the ace-queen of Xiang Zhu.
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