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Daniel "The Dolphin Trainer" Neilson Takes 6th Place at APT Macau

Posted at 19:39 2010-11-15

The Asia Poker Tour again returned to Macau in 2010, with China’s Zhang Dan Peng taking down the title and a share in the HK$5,075,000 (approximately US$650,000) prize pool.

The event, which was hosted by world renowned tournament director Matt Savage, was held at the popular City of Dreams entertainment complex in Macau from November 6th-14th.

The APT Macau Main Event attracted 161 players and while a disappointing number compared to last years 302, the event saw one of the toughest fields ever assembled in Asia.

Those who made an appearance included ten-time WSOP champion Johnny Chan, legendary cash game player Chau Giang, Australian Poker Hall of Famer Jeff Lisandro, ‘Poker Pack’ players JC Tran, Nam Le and David ‘Chino’ Rheem and two players who arguably need no introduction Phil Ivey and Tom “durrrr” Dwan.

Day one would see the demise of almost all of the players mentioned above, and it’s not surprising to note that the reports from Macau have been that some of the biggest cash games in the world were played out in the few days that followed with Dwan, Giang and Ivey locking horns with some local whales.

Less than half the field would return for day two. Aussie expat and Hong Kong local David Steicke lead the field with a chip stack of 68,700. The eventual winner would not be far behind, with Peng returning with 45,250.

Also returning for day two would be a slew of Australian players including Kristian Lunardi, Ricky Kroesen, Nik Lackovic, Steve Leonard and Jeff Lisandro, but by the time 18 players returned for day three and the field was reduced to the final table, the sole remaining Aussie would be Daniel Nielson.

Nielson would ultimately finish in sixth place - not bad for a player who happened to be announced, and can be viewed on the official APT website, as having the occupation of a “Dolphin Trainer”.

It would be Zhang Dan Peng who would take charge at the final table and would eventually find himself with Germany’s Bjoern Wiesler as his only obstacle.

The first hand of the head up battle would see Zhang move all in with {ax}{2x} which would prove too good for Wiesler’s {7x}{7x}.

Wiesler wouldn’t go home empty handed, taking away a hefty HK$920,000 (approximately US$117,000) for his second place finish.

Dan Peng, the 18-year old student who won his way into the event via a satellite, took home the victory and the HK$1,678,000 (approximately US$215,000) in what was the first major tournament he has ever played.

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