China's Lante wins ACOP Platinum Series XI. KC Wong reclaims No. 1 APOY!

Last week, the 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room completed ACOP Platinum Series XI from October 6-11, with totals of 664 players and HK$2,438,214 in prize money.

China's Lante Zhang won the HK$5,500 Main Event - his second tournament victory in an Official Asia Player of the Year event this season - after defeating the 228-player field. Zhang earned HK$251,900 for his win.


Main Event winner Lante Zhang_12oct15.JPGMain Event winner Lante Zhang

Former Red Dragon winner Patrick Lee and No. 5 ranked KC Wong were amongst the 24 players that cashed in the Main Event. Lee and Wong were eliminated in 20th and 23rd place respectively.

At the end, it was an all-Chinese heads up battle between Zhang and fellow countryman Zongxin Liu. The 1-on-1 match for the title lasted for 90 minutes when the final hand arrived with the blinds at 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante.

Liu moved all-in with 575k chips and was called by Zhang (1.135m).

Liu: 5♣5♠
Zhang: Q♥Q♦

The board ran: 8♥9♦6♦3♠9♣

Zhang's pocket queens held to seal the win for the 27-year old poker pro who made it be known that the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker (Oct. 30-Nov. 15) would be his next major goal in poker.

FINAL TABLE RESULTS

1. Lante Zhang (China) -- HK$251,900
2. Zongxin Liu (China) -- HK$164,394
3. Sin Ren Chen (Chinenese Taipei) -- HK$105,900
4. Kevin Zhang (USA) -- HK$82,300
5. Zhong Wang (China) -- HK$66,800
6. Begin Ahn (Korea) -- HK$54,000
7. Kimiharu Nakamura (Japan) -- HK$43,700
8. Chang Xu (China) -- HK$33,400
9. Joon-han Lee (Korea) -- HK$25,700

For complete results of ACOP Platinum Series XI please click here.

KC Wong won two side events (PLO, KO Bounty) to reclaim the No. 1 spot on the Asia Player of the Year rankings. Wong also extended his single-season record for final tables to 16.

Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin and Chen An Lin (not related) both took part in the Platinum Series. Celina made two final tables including a 4th place finish in the 10k NLH event. Meanwhile, Chen An had a runner-up finish in the 3k NLH event.

For the 2015 Asia Player of the Year rankings please click here.

The next special event at PokerStars LIVE Macau is the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker which takes place from October 30 to November 15. Online satellites are now running to the HK$100,000 Main Event which comes with a HK$15 million prize pool guarantee.

For more information on the 2015 ACOP please visit www.PokerStarsLIVEMacau.com.

Fred Leung
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour