2014 ACOP: Chris Chong wins Event 6 for Singapore's first Spadie
By: Fred Leung
It was a packed house on Saturday night at the 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room with three Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Title events running simultaneously including the 2m GTD Spadie, Ladies Asia Championship and Day 1 of the massive MBP Super High Roller.
As with the previous three ACOP Title Events, Event 6 went to another player who was winning a Spadie for his country for the first time ever.
Chris Chong won the 2m GTD Spadie after defeating the ACOP record-breaking field of 429 players.
The Top 50 players cashed for a share of the prize pool of more than HK$3.3 million. Chong, a 35-year old businessman, won the HK$732,400 top prize.
Saturday's Day 2 had 66 starters with Chong holding a Top Ten chip lead. He remained amongst the biggest stacks right through the final table but it was Korea's Steve Yea who dominated most of the latter stages of the tournament.
Yea went into heads up play with approximately 1.5-to-1 chip advantage over Chong.
The key hand in the duel came when Chong re-raised all-in with QJ preflop and was called by Yea who had a dominating KQ. The match appeared over but a jack would come on the river and badly cripple the Korean poker pro.
It wouldn't take long for Yea to push his remaining stack of roughly ten big blinds.
The board of 6♠-Q♥-5♠-T♠-2♦ gave Chong a pair of fives to secure his first career poker title.
Event 6 Final Table Results
1. Chris Chong (Singapore) -- HK$732,400
2. Steve Joonhee Yea (Korea) -- HK$506,000
3. Yoichi Fujiya (Japan) -- HK$299,600
4. Brian McAllister (Australia) -- HK$236,400
5. Manami Hayamizu (Japan) -- HK$186,400
6. Ming Fang (China) -- HK$149,800
7. Daniel Laidlaw (Australia) -- HK$116,500
8. Andreas Rauh (Germany) -- HK$86,600
9. Lu Chen (China) -- HK$68,200
For complete Side Event results please CLICK HERE
For the Asia Player of the Year rankings please CLICK HERE