2008 APT Macau Recap

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September 18 2008

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2008 APT Macau Recap

"Yevgeniy Timonshenko Wins 2008 APT Macau!"
January 07, 2009

After a successful stop in Manila where David Saab would emerge as the eventual champion the second leg for the Asian Poker Tour was in Macau; a small island off the coast of China, originally settled by the Portuguese.
 
With a guaranteed $US1,500,000 prizepool and $US500,000 first prize it was going to be tough to fill the guarantee with only a buy-in of $US5,300. This was no more evident in the satellites leading up to the final day of the main event where overlay of up to four seats were occurring on a regular basis.
 
Day 1A would start with 103 players, but only 23 would bag their chips at days end. A starting table of JC Tran, Liz Lieu, David Saab and Harry Demetriou wouldn’t last too long as Tran and Saab where eliminated in the same hand early on in play. David “Chino” Rheem would lose the minimum after the action was checked to the river on a board reading 7 spades2 spades6 clubsK diamsA heartsRheem would fire out 2,500 before facing a re-raise to 7,000. Going into the tank he would eventually make the call tabling K clubsK spades, but would be left with a quarter of his starting stack after his opponent tabled A clubsA diams.
 
Doyle Brunson would exit when he missed his gutshot and over cards, and then would be followed by Lieu when her A-7 was no match against her opponents A-J. Nam Le would be the last of his travelling party to exit following Tran, Rheem, Steve Sung and Quinn Do when his A-10 was outflopped by Q-J. Johnny Chan would be the final elimination of the day when his A-7 was outflopped by Carter Gill’s K-10 when a King peeled on the turn.
 
Day 1B began with 154 players taking the felt including a handful of Aussie’s such as Grant Levy, Jay Kinkade, Kent Hunter, Michael Pedley, Julian Powell, Julias Colman, Mel Judah, Tony Dunst, Celina Lin, David Steicke, Johnny “yoyo” Vincent, Ewan Morgan and Joel “StrongPlay” Dodds.
 
Full Tilt’s Huck Seed was short stacked all day and when he was all-in with A-7 against his opponents A-3; that hand would again be the downfall of another player as a three landed on the flop.
 
After a cruel two-outer exit in the Vic Champs Main Event, Celina Lin would again exit the same way after being all-in on a flop of 2 diams8 spades5 heartswith 2 hearts2 clubs, her opponent would table 10 spades10 clubsfor an overpair. The safe 3 clubslanded on the turn but when the 10 heartshit the river Lin headed to the rail.
 
Kenny Tran slowly built his stack including this hand against an unknown opponent. With 9,000 already in the pot on a board reading A spades8 clubs6 spadesJ clubs10 spadesTran led for 10,000 sending his opponent into the tank for several minutes. He eventually folded and Tran flipped over 3 spades3 hearts.
 
John Juanda exited just in time to take up the final seat in the HK$1,000,000 cash game; based in the corner of the tournament room. It would be a good move as he would double early at the expense of APT CEO Chris Parker when Juanda’s Q hearts10 heartswould win the virtual coin-flip, all-in on a board reading Q spades8 hearts4 heartsagainst Parker’s K spadesK diamswhen the Q clubslanded on the turn and 2 clubslanding on the river. Trying to cover the overlay that had been guaranteed for this tournament, Parker would have to dig further in his pockets after reportedly re-buying a further two times.
 
Jay Kinkade would exit at the hands of Grant Levy when his J spadesJ clubswas outflopped by Levy’s A clubsK spadeson a final board reading Q clubsA heartsQ diams5 spades6 diams, and Joel Dodds at the hands of Michael Pedley when Pedley two-outed Dodds with Jacks against Kings; all-in on a 10-high board leaving 44 players to kick on into Day 2 action.
 
With 67 players looking to make the eight-handed final table Mel Judah and James Honeybone would be early casualties before JJ Liu would eventually bubble when she was all-in for her last 400 ante with 8 diams8 heartsagainst her opponents A clubsQ spadeswho made a broadway straight.
 
Julian Powell would eventually finish in 33rd for $US6,000 followed by Kent Hunter, 16th for $US15,000, Grant Levy, 12th for $US18,750 and Julias Colman, 10th for $US22,500. With the elimination of Michel Ferrari the final table was set:
 
Casey Kastle - 456,000
Chong Wing Cheong - 454,000
Rober Karian - 419,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 318,000
Quang Nguyen - 315,000
Julio Diaz - 315,000
Joon Hee Yeah - 160,000
Michael Pedley - 132,000
 
Michael Pedley would exit just as quick as he arrived being eliminated first hand when he was all-in on a flop of J diams8 clubs5 clubswith 6 hearts6 spadesagainst Quang Nguyen’s K clubsQ clubs. The turn fell the A clubsand river the 10 spadessending Pedley to the rail in 8th place for $US26,250.
 
The final table would be fairly short as Yevgeniy Timoshenko took control of the chip lead and never let up. Relentless aggression, skilled play and a run of cards making him solely responsible for eliminating every player at the final table apart from Pedley. A dominating performance would see him enter heads-up play with a chip advantage of 2,301,000 to Joon Hee Yeah’s 257,000; a near 9 to 1 chip advantage!
 
The final hand would be a true sweat for both players as Yeah was all-in holding K diamsQ diamsagainst Timoshenko’s Q clubsQ spades. The flop came down J diamsA diams6 clubssending everyone to their feet in anticipation of a double up or the crowning of a champion. The turn and river fell the 8 heartsand 3 heartsleaving Timoshenko as the 2008 Asian Poker Tour Macau Champion and a $US500,000 richer to go along with his Lucite trophy replica of the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino; where the tournament has been based.

 

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