David Steicke Finishes Fourth As Adrien Allain Wins APT Macau!

Posted at 21:25 2009-08-23
After a Saturday evening party of presidential proportions, the final nine players arrived at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino with a strong coffee in hand for the conclusion of the 2009 Asian Poker Tour Macau Main Event.
Play started three days ago with 326 of the finest players in the world, as young gun Inwook Choi entered today’s play with the chip lead over one of the more intriguing final table lineups in recent memory. Starting the day with five short stacks, there was always going to be early fireworks and we didn’t have to wait long for our first bustout.
Casey Kastle became the first player to make three consecutive APT final tables, but his final table experience was short-live as he was eliminated in 9th place after a cruel bad beat. His last chips were in the middle in good shape with his pocket kings up against the pocket nines of Adrien Allain., however the board was spread {8s}{Ts}{7d}{Ax}{Jx} to make a straight for Allain in what would be a memorable day for the young Frenchman.
When the short-stacked Wilfred Yu departed in 8th, Allain started to take control after a big pot saw the elimination of Crister Hallbrook in 7th. The chips went into the middle on a flop of {ad}{4s}{3s} with Hallbrook in front with his {8h}{8d} against Allain’s {4h}{5h} for a pair and straight draw. When a deuce spiked the turn it was all over for Hallbrook as Allain surged up the leaderboard.
Allain joined the leaders moments later when he woke up with pocket kings against the {Qd}{6d} of Michael Woo as the board bricked out to eliminate him in 6th place, as the final table was suddenly down to five players within twenty minutes of play!
As play settled down, J.C. Tran and David Steicke started to get a little busier as Chris Chau was on the short stack and succumbed in 5th place. Allain maintained the aggression and held the chip lead four-handed as Steicke found himself in the unfamiliar spot of the short stack.
At the break, Steicke commented that he thought the tournament wouldn’t last another level, and he was half right, as his tournament was over a few short hands later. Steicke couldn’t get much going today and had struggled having the tough J.C. Tran to his direct left, and eventually committed his last chips with pocket nines only to have Choi insta-call with his pocket kings. Steicke couldn’t find a nine to save him and departed in 4th place.
With the elimination of Steicke, the table dynamic changed immediately from big ball to small ball poker, as Allain, Choi and Tran were content to limp into pots and see cheap flops. While this was expected to benefit the experience Tran, he was unable to get any momentum against his two talented, young opponents.
Tran found a much needed double up with a dominated {as}{7c} against Allain’s {ac}{Td} when a seven spiked on the turn but couldn’t defy domination a second time around. Tran’s last chips were in the middle with {Ax}{8x} as both opponents made the call. The board of {As}{Jc}{Ts}{9x}{8x} gave Tran two pair but Allain tabled {Ax}{Qx} for a queen-high straight to eliminate the Poker Pack Pro in 3rd place.
Allain carried a two-to-one chip advantage into heads up play and we didn’t have to wait long for our final hand. After a series of preflop raises, Choi called for his last chips with {Ah}{Qs} to be in great shape against Allain’s {As}{3c}. However it was just meant to be for the 23-year old Frenchman as he spiked a pair of threes on the {7s}{2s}{3h}{Js}{Jx} board to eliminate Choi as our runner-up.
Adrien Allain qualified for the APT Macau Main Event in a US$5 online satellite at PKR.com and is now the toast of Asian poker as he collected US$391,556 and beautiful trophy for a fine victory.
Congratulations to Adrien and to the Asian Poker Tour for another truly memorable event. We are already counting down the days until the next APT event in Manila, Philippines in January 2010!
1st Adrien Allain - $391,556
2nd Inwook Choi - $214,158
3rd JC Tran - $117,470
4th David Steicke - $91,378
5th Chris Chau - $65,279
6th Michael Woo - $52,223
7th Crister Hallbrook - $39,167
8th Winfred Yu - $26,112
9th Casey Kastle - $16,996

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