"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.
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
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
against her opponents
who 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
against Quang Nguyen’s
. The turn fell the
and river the
sending 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!