Tetsuya Tsuchikawa Leads 2013 Asia Player of the Year

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago by Tim Duckworth

With the upcoming Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) being the last tournament series in the Asia-Pacific region for 2013, the Asia Player of the Year (APoY) race is in crunch time as the upcoming 12 ACOP events will decide who finishes on top of the leaderboard for 2013.

At the recent ACOP Platinum Series II held at the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams, it was Chinese Taipei’s Terry Fan who was leading the APoY leaderboard before Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa managed to rise to the top of the rankings. Making his seventh final table of the current season in the HK$5,500 Main Event, Tsuchikawa would need a 6th place finish since Fan had already been eliminated, and when China’s Chongxian Yang exited in 7th, many expected Tsuchikawa to rejoice.

However the Japanese player signaled that Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung was still in and on his second final table of the week and would need a 4th place to pass Fan. However, when Fan fell in 6th he would climb to fourth on the leaderboard, and once Tsuchikawa exited in 5th, the number one spot would be all his leading into the final tournament series of the year as the top ten sits as follows.

2013 Asia Player of the Year Leaderboard

Rank Player Country Points
1st Tetsuya Tsuchikawa Japan 3,515
2nd Terry Fan Chinese Taipei 3,400
3rd Neo Chen Chinese Taipei 3,375
4th Sparrow Cheung Hong Kong 3,265
5th Gie Reyes Philippines 3,120
6th Ryan Yu China 3,100
7th Alexandre Chieng China 2,827
8th Yoshitaka Okawa Japan 2,671
9th Chris Chong Singapore 2,653
10th Kyung Sik Jung Korea 2,348

*Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

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