Li Wins $457,000 Dollars in 24 Hours

Yuguang Li, a 36-year-old businessman from China, has just gone through the best two days of his life, at least as far as poker is concerned. For Li, whose previous biggest win of $12,421 for a fifth place finish came in the 2014 APPT Asia Championship of Poker, winning a second tournament less than twenty four hours after his first tournament win had to be a surreal experience.

Lin Haisan

The big news occurred on the thirteenth and fourteenth of March in the twenty second edition of the Macau Poker Cup. The two events that Li won were the Red Dragon Main Event and the High Roller. The Macau Poker Cup attracts some of the top players in the world.

The MPC22 Red Dragon Main Event

Friday the thirteenth proved to be an auspicious day for Li. The Red Dragon Main Event, that attracted 987 unique players, netted Li a whopping HK$ 1,848,000, approximately $238,000 (US dollars). To win the event, Li overcame fellow Chinese Yunye Lu, thereby also getting himself a seat in the ACOP main event.

The MPC22 High Roller

Less than a day after winning the Red Dragon Main Event, Li did it again, and this time he pocketed HK$ 1,647,000, approximately $212,000 (US dollars). Li had to overcome a playground of 67 other contestants, which had dwindled down to 34 by the last day of the event. Only the top seven made the money, leaving the other 27 empty handed, with Li taking the grand prize.

There have not been many other such great two day runs for poker players and certainly never at PokerStars Live Macau. While this tournament looks to be on its way to be remembered as one the most memorable Asian poker tournaments, Li, however, will be hoping that this will be the first and second of his many victories to come.