2014 ACOP Main Event Final Table: Two gone to kick off the true grind

Don't let the early pace of the ACOP Main Event final table fool you.

It's going to be a very long day.

The average stack when seven-handed play began was around 80 big blinds and the levels last 90 minutes each. Last year, the final table had to come back for an extra day as it was taking so long. Going through that grind might be anadvantage Jung has to help him go back-to-back.

For two players this won't be a problem. Though, they probably are wishing it was.

The player to have the shortest day at the felt was Norway's Tore Lukashaugen.

He was in a jolly mood during first two hands of play, but the third hand would bring that crashing down as he moved all in preflop with 8♣8♥ and ran into the A♣A♠ of Vladimir Troyanovskiy.

The Q♠7♦A♥ flop rubbed salt in Lukashaugen's wound as it gave Troyanovskiy a set of aces and made it even harder for Lukashaugen to survive. The J♣ turn and the J♠ river sealed Lukashaugen's fate as it was all over in ninth place, collecting HK$675,000 (~US$88,000).

That score became Lukashaugen's third largest career result after finishing fifth in the GDAM Warm-Up in 2013 at PokerStars LIVE Macau and fifth in the 2011 WSOP $5,000 Six-Max.


Tore Lukashaugen - 9th place

It was just a few minutes after Lukashaugen's elimination that Raiden Kan would hit the rail to disappoint all the local poker fans.

Kan, like Lukashaugen before him, got all his chips in with pocket eights, though he didn't have to battle with pocket aces. Instead, he was up against the A♣K♠ of Sunny Jung.

The J♦A♦9♥ hit Jung and so Kan needed some help. Unfortunately that help didn't come on the 4♣ turn or the A♥ river and so it was all over in eighth place.

Kan collected HK$813,100 (~US$100,000) for that effort, which is easily the second largest score of his career and brings his rolling tally of results to over US$500,000 at PokerStars LIVE Macau alone.


Raiden Kan - 8th place

Lukashaugen and Kan were eliminated quickly to start the final table, but the seven remaining players will need to get comfortable now.

The true grind begins.

Keep locked on the 2014 ACOP page here at the PokerStarsBlog for continued coverage.

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour