With the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) now down to the business end of the series, and the Warm-Up being won by Jian Yang just a day earlier, it was time for the marquee event of the HK$100,000 Main Event to take centre stage at PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams in Macau.
The HK$20,000,000 guarantee was always going to be a stiff ask, but the PokerStars Live crew were confident. Their confidence would be echoed when 203 players took to the felt over the two starting days that saw 93 and 110 hopefuls take a seat. At the end of each day there would be a total of only 169 survivors with Keith Ferrera leading Day 1 and Satrya Teja leading Day 2.
With only five levels of play planned for Day 2, half of the field would see the rail as the likes of Kahle Burns, Daren Yoon, Didier Guerin, Kyle Cheong, Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, Jarred Graham, Jonathan Karamalikis and Tom Grigg were all eliminated. As 72 players survived into Day 3, it would American Kevin Schulz leading the way after winning two massive pots late in the day when he flopped a set of deuces on both occasions; one to knock out 2011 WSOP Player of the Year Ben Lamb.
Day 3 would be deemed the money day as many were expecting to reach the money by day’s end. Michael Tureniec, Billy Argyros, Hung-Sheng Lin, Edison Nguyen, Mervin Chan and Eugene Katchalov would all fall throughout the day before Aaron Lim busted in 27th and David Martirosyan claimed bubble boy honours when his lost a race against . Day 4 saw the 25 remaining players all guaranteed HK$198,000 (approximately $26,818) as Naoya Kihara (23rd), Teja (19th), Schulz (15th), Aidan Tam (14th) and Terry Fan (equal 10th) all fell short of the final table that would be lead by Yifan Zheng.
The (expected) final day of play saw nine players return with an average chip stack of 112 big blinds. Prepared for a long day, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn fell first losing into Yat Wai Cheng’s before Chenxiang Miao (8th) and Randy Lew (7th) were out soon after; Lew also losing with sevens against nines. A six-handed slog would then occur as several hours would go by before Jonathan Depa was rivered in a huge pot by Zheng before busting with against Devan Tang’s . Yoshitaka Okawa would be the next player to go in 5th – therefore ending his chances at Asia Player of the Year – as Cheng fell in 4th.
The three-handed battle would end when Zheng lost a race holding against Tang’s to also end his chances at Asia Player of the Year. With Korean Sunny Jung now heads-up against Tang, the two agreed to a small deal before playing for roughly an hour before play concluded for the night. Jung held a slight lead heading into the final day but with both players 134 and 120 big blinds deep, it was still anyone’s title. Jung steamrolled Tang in the early goings as he pushed out to a two-to-one advantage before making a flush with to further that lead to an eight-to-one advantage. Tang then started mounting a comeback to bring it back to even before chips bounced back-and-forth for nearly two hours. Jung however would find his groove and put some space between the two before the final hand played out that saw Tang call all-in holding to be dominated by Jung’s . The final board ran out and Jung was crowned the 2013 ACOP Main Event Champion and recipient of HK$4,352,000 (approximately $589,217).
2013 ACOP Main Event (HK$19,800,000 prizepool, 203 players)
|2nd||Devan Tang||Hong Kong||HK$3,667,000|
|4th||Yat Wai Cheng||China||HK$1,485,000|
Congratulations to Korean Sunny Jung for capturing the ACOP Main Event title for HK$4,352,000 for his first title and biggest score of his career to date.
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