2014 ACOP Main Event Final Table: Changing tides

One, two, three.

That's how many players were just eliminated in a half-hour period right before the dinner break of the 2014 ACOP Main Event. It wasn't too long ago that we were talking about how slow the day was going and how it might mirror last year's event which needed an extra day added. Maybe the tides are changing.

The first player to hit the rail during the period of rapid eliminations was Joseph Cheong.
Blinds were 12,000/24,000 and Cheong opened to 54,000 from under the gun and then was the lone caller of Sunny Jung's three-bet to 150,000 from the button. Cheong check-called a bet of 180,000 on the 3♦5♥K♣ flop and checked again on the 2♦ turn.

This time Cheong was faced with a bet of 325,000 which put him deep into the tank. Cheong had around 1 million behind and it seemed clear that Cheong was either going to fold or move in. Eventually he decided to get the chips in and after double-checking his cards, Jung made the call.

Cheong had K♠J♠ for top pair, which was behind Jung's A♥A♦. The river was of no help to Cheong and so he was eliminated in seventh place, collecting HK$1,080,000 (~US$140,000).


Joseph Cheong - 7th place

Cheong probably won't be too upset with that result, especially considering this is what Cheong tweeted right before his elimination, eluding to the recent High Roller that started up on the tables nearby the Main Event:

Just a short while after Cheong was eliminated and Russsian Konstantin Pogodin joined him on the rail.

Pogodin moved all in on the turn of a 2♣7♦J♥8♣ board. Pogodin's lone opponent was Ami Barer, who didn't look very excited to see the all in, but ended up making the call anyway.

It was the right call for Barer too, with his A♠A♥ well ahead of Pogodin's A♦J♣.
The 5♦ river was of no help to Pogodin and so it was out the door in sixth place with a HK$1,350,000 (~US$175,000) score - by far the largest result on his record.


Konstantin Pogodin - 6th place

With Pogodin on the rail it was Vladimir Troyanovskiy as the lone player flying the Russian flag and unfortunately for Russian poker fans, this is where it would all come to an end.

Unlike Pogodin, Troyanovskiy actually got his chips in with the goods and was very unlucky to the hit the rail.

He was all in preflop with Q♦Q♠ against Jung's T♣T♠ and was not at all happy to see the dealer roll out a 4♦T♥K♣ flop to give Jung a set.

Troyanovskiy was already going around to his tablemates shaking their hands as the dealer flipped over a 2♣ on the turn and a 3♦ on the river to send him home in fifth place with HK$1,620,000 (~US$210,00) for his time.


Vladimir Troyanovskiy - 5th place

Once that period of carnage was over Jung was up to almost 6 million in chips, while Ami Barer and Gabriel Le Jossec had around 2 million each and Zuo Wang was the short stack with 400,00.

That's a huge chip lead for Jung and while the average stack is still over 60 big blinds, the effective average is actually only just over 30 big blinds considering the stack sizes.
It's going to be a very exciting finish, so be sure to keep it locked on the 2014 ACOP page here at the PokerStarsBlog as we play down to a winner.

Let's find out if Jung makes it back-to-back victories, or if history stolen from him!

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour