Chinese player wins back to back Macau Poker Cup Events

It rarely happens for the same poker player to win consecutive tournaments and not even the highly trained professionals can brag about such achievements. That’s what makes Yuguang Li’s achievement in Macau even more memorable as he managed to win back-to-back tournaments for a combined prize pool of only half US$1 million. The 36-year-old businessman outshined almost 1000 players in the first competition and then bought in for the highroller event.

The number of contestants in the second competition was significantly lower due to the fact that the buy-in was a prohibitive HK$80,000. There were several poker professionals participating in this tournament, which was widely regarded as one of the most important event of the PokerStars LIVE Macau series. Li didn’t allow fatigue to hurt his play and shifted into a more aggressive gear despite the fact that he was now competing for significantly more money.

macauHis victory became one of the most memorable events in the history of Asian poker and for the winner this represents an important milestone. Before winning back-to-back tournaments here, he only finished once in the money last year and had to settle for a five digit amount. The High Roller Event brought together several professionals and some of them made the final table, with seven of them finishing in the money. The stakes were high and as the bubble stage approach many players became reluctant to gamble.

Among those who made the final table, Stephen Chidwick was the main favorite due to his tremendous experience and healthy stack. Yi also had the upper hand over the pack after winning the previous tournament and it was only fitting for the two of them to outshine competitors and head on for the heads-up stage. It was a roller coaster that could’ve ended either way and both players were in control of game for brief period of time.

In the final hand Stephen went all in with pocket kings against Yi’s flush draw, but it was the Chinese player that got lucky on the third. He completed his flush and nothing could save Chidwick who had to settle for the second-place and more than $100,000 for his performance. The winner took all the glory and his performance in Macau will be fondly remembered, while you can check out the final table results here :

Place Player Country Prize
1 Yuguang Li China HK$1,647,000
2 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom HK$1,048,000
3 Andrey Kotelnikov Russia HK$699,000
4 Huihan Wu China HK$549,000
5 Shashank Rathi Hong Kong HK$399,000
6 Ziyang Zhao China HK$349,000
7 Devan Tang Hong Kong HK$299,160

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