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MV Long Jie Texas Hold’em Tournament Report

Posted by : DM101 on Friday, January 23, 2009 permalink
The first Texas Hold’em tournament on the high seas available to players in this part of the world kicked off on the 21st of January with players vying for a share of the prize pool, as well as some of the very attractive side promotions available to tournament entrants. here brings you a collection of one player’s impressions from his participation in this event.


A total of 40 players made the starting line-up of contestants, with a fantastic mix of professional players, semi-professionals, players with some experience, and players with no experience. The event featured celebrities like Pokerstars player Ivan Tan, The Poker Times publisher Vince Lau, a gamut of well known mid-stakes players, and a throng of excitable uncles and aunties of advanced years brought in by a casino junket group, most of whom were playing their hands while consulting a printed poker hand-ranking chart. They were unquestionably the most entertaining group of the lot, bamboozling many of the more seasoned players with a series of runner-runner straights and rivered sets, giving birth to what will surely remain a popular expression for many years to come: You’ve been Uncled.

Entry fees, Rebuys, Add-Ons, and Starting Stacks

The tournament had a SGD$200 + $25 entry fee, with 1 optional rebuy and 1 optional add-on, each set at $200 - meaning that the maximum each player was permitted to invest was $600. In addition, players could opt to deploy their rebuy and add-on options at any point during the first 2 hours.

Many players opted to use their rebuy and add-on options only when they’d busted their initial starting stack, while others bought in for the maximum amount from the beginning. This would result in tables of 5 players with 22,500 chips, and 3 players with 5000 chips. Strategy wise, it probably made more sense to purchase the maximum amount of chips from the beginning, as this would make it easier to bully the shorter stacks at the table, and accumulate as much chips as possible early on.

Blind Structure and Duration

The necessity of accumulating as much chips as possible early on would quickly become evident, with the blinds doubling every half an hour, and with antes kicking in from level 3. It took roughly 7 hours to whittle the field down to its final 5 players, the cut off for prize money payouts. When play reached the final five, blinds were 6000/12000, with 500 antes. No one had more than 15 big blinds, which meant that play was pretty much confined to raise/all-in.

Final 5 and Payouts

The pressure really began to kick in when the tournament got down to its final seven players. Business owner Jeffery Tan moved all in on the button with Kh Qh, with Chinese player Cong Ming Jie making the call with a considerable portion of his stack, tabling 9h 10h. Both players missed the rainbow flop, but a 9s on the turn brought an end to Jeffery Tan’s involvement in the tournament. Tense bubble play continued for another half an hour, with short stacks Clarence Poh and an unnamed lady in her 70s battling for the final prize pool spot. The more experienced Clarence stayed afloat by repeatedly shoving into the bemused aunty’s big blind, getting into the money with 8000 chips remaining.

Given the hefty blinds, play for the final 5 wrapped up in under 2 hours. Despite doubling up twice, Clarence was first to be eliminated, picking up a tidy $1,000 for his efforts. The versatile and unpredictable Chris Cheong, a Revenue Manager by day, was next to go, running his all-in preflop A8 into Cong Ming Jie’s A9. Chris walked away $1,500 to the good. Next on the chopping block was Terry Tay, who played himself into trouble 3 handed. On a board of Js 10d 9d, he checked raised all-in to find his 10h 7d behind Cong Ming Jie’s Jc 5c. The turn and river were no help to Terry, who found himself out at 3rd for $2,500.

Heads-up play looked to be an easy walk for Cong, who had opponent Erique Tan outchipped 4-1. The vastly more experience Tan however, soon clawed his way back to even when his pocket 9s held up all in. The tide swiftly turned in Tan’s favour when both players took and checked a flop of low cards. The turn brought a Js, and Erique check raised all-in for all his chips. Ming Jie Made the call with J4, only for Erique to turn over J9. The river card was a 7 and loud declaration of ‘9 plays!’ left Ming Jie with barely enough chips to post his blinds for the next hand.

Two hands later, Erique Tan was crowned champion of the inaugural MV Long Jie Texas Hold’em Tournament, picking up a tidy $6,000 for his win. The valiant runner-up Cong Ming Jie walked away with $3,500 for his strong finish. The final winners table is as follows:

1st – Erique Tan ($6,000)
2nd – Cong Ming Jie ($3,500)
3rd – Terry Tay ($2,500)
4th – Chris Cheong ($1,500)
5th – Clarence Poh ($1,000)

The Pokerkaki team congratulates all winners!

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