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Jeffrey Rossiter Wins PokerStars ACOP Warm-Up For HKD$1,777,000

Posted at 21:46 2012-11-07 by Matthew Pitt

The PokerStars Asia Championship Of Poker (ACOP) Warm-Up has been completed and its champion revealed after the 18 poker players who managed to navigate their way through to Day 3 were eventually outlasted by one man, that man being Jeffrey Rossiter!

Day 3 got underway with 18 players but the field was soon being whittled down following the eliminations of Ping Len, Katsuhiro Muto and Munkhbayar Nyamsuren, This trio were eventually followed to the rail – via the cashier’s cage of course – by Renyong Hu, Stanislav Avanesian, Julian Powell, Day 1b chip leader Johan Wengelin and Gordon Huntly. Then when Hiu Man Ng’s {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} could not catch up to Joseph Cheong’s {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} the final table was set.

ACOP Warm-Up Final Table

SeatPlayerChips
1Johnny Chan671,000
2Rong Fan745,000
3Joseph Cheong854,000
4Adam Latimer858,000
5Daoxing Chen616,000
6David Martiroysan495,000
7Jeff Rossiter1,555,000
8Andrey Shatilov597,000
9Jan Zeuschner645,000

It took a while for the first elimination of the final table to occur, but when it happened two players were busted in quick succession. The nine finalists came back from the dinner break and shortly after their return Jan Zeuschner moved his 350,000 stack into the middle – approximately 11.5 big blinds – with what turned out to be {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and he picked up a caller in the shape of Cheong. Unfortunately for Zeuschner, Cheong had called with {k-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and when the board ran oit {8-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades} the final table was down to eight players.

Eight became seven soon after when Rong Fan got the betting started with a min-raise to 60,000 in early position. A couple of folds later and Adam Latimer sprung into life with a three-bet all-in for around 380,000. When the action passed back around to him Fan called and turned over {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}, which was way in front of the {A-Spades}{J-Spades} of Latimer. The {9-Clubs}]{2-Spades}{10-Clubs} flop hinted at some backdoor straight possibilities but they failed to materialise as the turn and river were the {3-Hearts} and {8-Spades} respectively to send Latimer to the rail.

Seventh place went to the legend that is Johnny Chan. The 10-time World Series of Poker champion got his stack into the middle holding {A-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and found himself in a whole world of pain against the dominating {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} of Fan. By the river the five community cards read {7-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{k-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and Chan was eliminated.

Shortly after Chan’s demise Andrey Shatilov busted out. Rossiter opened to 60,000 from the cutoff and Shatilov defended with a call on the button. The pair shared a {4-Spades}{10-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop, Rossiter fired a continuation bet of 80,000 and Shatilov raised to 210,000. Rossiter then put in a riase of his own and set the price to play at 450,000 only to see Shatilov move all in. Rossiter called and the cards were revealed. Shatilov held {A-Hearts}{j-Hearts} and he needed to hit to beat the {10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} of Rossiter. Improve he did not as the turn and river fell {7-Clubs} and {6-Diamonds} respectively and the dangerous Russian pro was sent packing.

Bobo Chen is the name you will find in the record books as finishing in fifth place. He managed to double through Rossiter before losing a huge pot with {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} to the {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} of David Martiroysan to leave him with a single 5,000 ante. He was eliminated shortly after, despite quintupling up on the very next hand.

For the next hour there were no eliminations but then like London buses two came along at once! During Level 27 where the blinds were 30,000/60,000/10,000a, Fan moved all-in from the small blind for around 1,200,000 with what turned out to be {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and Rossiter made the call with {k-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Neither player connected with the {10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} flop, nor the {2-Diamonds} turn but the {5-Spades} on the river won the hand for Rossiter and sent Fan home.

Fan was joined on the rail a few hands later by the ever-dangerous Cheong. Down to 700,000 and in push-or-fold mode, Cheong opted for the former when he found {Q-Clubs}{4-Clubs} in the hole. That man Rossiter called the shove with a pair of red deuces and when the board ran out {10-Clubs}{2-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} Cheong was busted out in third place, a finish worth HKD$731,000.

Going into heads-up Rossiter held a hige 6,125,000 to 910,000 chip advantage over Martiryosan so it was no shock when the one-on-one encounter was a brief affair. Rossiter applied pressure from the off, but Martiryosan declined to take the bate unti a preflop raiing war saw him all in with {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} against Rossiter’s {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. Both players paired their kicker on the {7-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} flop and when the turn and river bricked off Rossiter had won all of the chips that were in play and became the ACOP Warm-Up Champion!

ACOP Warm-Up Final Table Results

PositionNamePrize (HKD)
1Jeffrey Rossiter$1,777,000
2David Martiroysan$1,226,000
3Joseph Cheong$731,000
4Rong Fan$579,000
5Daoxing “Bobo” Chen$459,000
6Andrey Shatilov$375,000
7Johnny Chan$291,500
8Adam Latimer$215,000
9Jan Zeuschner$175,500

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