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Alexandre Chieng wins the APPT Macau Main Event for HK$2,165,000.

Posted at 17:00 2013-06-17 by Mat Pater

The 2013 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event completed on Sunday after a long five days of action. Nine players returned for the final table with Kenneth Leong in the front seat. He held the chip lead for most of the final table, but wouldn't be the one walking away with the title. That man was Alexandre Chieng. He topped Leong in a very quick heads-up play, to claim victory and earn himself HKD 2,165,000.

The first player to be eliminated at the final table was the man with the most live, major final table experience, Khac Trung Tran. After an open from Leong, and a call by Nan Hong, Tran moved all in. Only Leong made the call as he tabled his {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} which trailed Tran’s pair of tens. The flop of {3-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} was good for Tran, however, the {8-Hearts} and {2-Hearts} completed the board, giving Leong the flush.

Moments later we lost the only female at the final table, Jay Tan. She came into the day's play as the shortest stack, and was able to make one pay jump, before hitting the rail. She found herself behind with {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} against Ling Tong’s {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} after she moved all in preflop, but found no help on the {5-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} board.

In the space of one orbit, we had lost our third player. This time it was Hao Tian, who after facing an open bet of 45,000 from Tong, moved all in for his last 400,000 in chips. Tong instantly made the call and showed his {a-Spades}{A-Clubs} which were dominating Tian’s {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. Tong would flop aces-full, as he eliminated his second opponent in the matter of a few hands.

We waited almost an hour, before Shuyang Yu would be eliminated in 6th place. He would jam all in pre-flop with {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} and get called by Dinesh Alt holding {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. The board would brick-out, leaving us with five players.

The chips were even after that elimination, with Nan Hong, Leong, Alt and Tong all hovering around the 1.6 million mark, with Chieng sitting on 1.1 million. Alt and Leong gained some momentum, winning several pots between them, before the latter was involved in a massive pot that saw Hong eliminated from the tournament. Leong opened to 80,000 and was met with an over-bet all in of 900,000 from Hong. He realized it was a big call, but made it, as he tabled his {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}. He was in front of Hong, who held {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}, and when the flop brought the {J-Diamonds} he had moved up into the chip lead.

Leong then continued on his ways, taking out Dinesh Alt in the biggest pot of the day. It started with Chieng and Tong limping into the pot, before Leong raised to 140,000. Alt tanked before raising to 490,000, as he sat back waiting on Leong. Not to long had passed, as Leong moved all in for 2,000,000 in chips, and Alt made the call as the cards were shown. Leong was in great shape with his {j-Diamonds}{J-Spades} against Alt’s {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} when the flop came down {4-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{J-Clubs}. He would sweat out the remaining {4-Clubs} and {3-Clubs} on the turn and river as he rocketed up to 4.2 million in chips.

Like earlier in the day, one elimination followed another one within the space of a few hands. Tong moved all in for his last chips with {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} and was called by Chieng who had {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. Another flopped set would see the demise of a player, as we were left with just two in no time at all.

Heads up lasted all of six hands, as a few pots were exchanged before the final one saw Chieng turn Leong, cracking his aces and awarding him the title of APPT Macau Champion. A great effort for the local player, who’s efforts see him walk away with a magnificant trophy, a seat into the Macau ACOP Main Event in October, and the first place prize of HKD2,165,000.

APPT Macau Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize (HKD)
1Alexandre Chieng2,165,000
2Kenneth Leong1,390,000
3Ting Long779,000
4Dinesh Alt606,000
5Nan Hong476,000
6Shuyang Yu389,000
7Tian Hao303,000
8Jay Tan238,000
9Khac Trung Tran173,180

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