2016ACOP: Day 8 of 17 Recap

The 2016 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) is now in full swing at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room. Here are the biggest stories through the first six days of action.

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EVENT 6: NA PREVAILS FROM RECORD-BREAKING FIELD

Day 8 of the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker was a record breaker on which the 819-player Event #6 reached its conclusion. The reason for such an enormous field was clearly the HK$2m guaranteed prize-pool--this was the "2m GTD Spadie"--and the final pool was actually more than three times that.

The winner was Byung Hyu Na, 45, from the United States, who prevailed after the final three players made a deal.

"Honestly I was shocked at how many people played," Na said. "I never thought there'd be 800-something people playing...I got pretty lucky."

The top 81 players cashed for a share of the HK$6,434,883.

When the tournament was down to three players, the survivors made the following deal:

Byung Hyu Na: HK$949,761
Robert Schiffbauer: HK$985,761
Jarred Graham: HK$835,761

They then wasted little time getting their chips in, with Na eliminating Graham first and taking 92 percent of the chips in play into the heads-up contest.

It lasted barely five minutes with Na's K♦3♥ beating Schiffbauer's Q♠4♥. A king on the flop sealed it.

Final Table Results

1. Byung Hyu Na (USA) -- HK$949,761
2. Robert Schiffbauer (UK) -- HK$985,761
3. Jarred Graham (Australia) -- HK$835,761
4. Thomas Miller (USA) -- HK$402,200
5. Roman Korenev (Russia) -- HK$273,500
6. David Man (Hong Kong) -- HK$209,100
7. Sebastien Clot (France) -- HK$173,700
8. Chris Chong (Singapore) -- HK$144,800
9. Kwok Chun Yip (Hong Kong) -- HK$122,300

Byung_Hyu_Na_winner.jpg

Byung Hyu Na

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EVENT 5: CELINA LIN WINS HER SECOND SPADIE

If you've followed my ACOP blog over the last three years then you would have read my The Race to Two article - which became an unintentional 3-part series - about the hunt for a two-time ACOP Spadie trophy winner.

Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin officially ended the hunt as she defeated Aussie Edison Nguyen in heads up play to win the HK$11,000 Deepstack Championship -- becoming the first player to win two Spadies.

Lin earned HK$475,350 in the two-day event which had 202 players and saw 24 players cash for a share of the HK$1,939,806 prize pool.

Event 5: Final Table Results

1. Celina Lin (China) -- HK$475,350
2. Edison Nguyen (Australia) -- HK$310,456
3. Sam Cheong (Macau) -- HK$199,800
4. Wayne Zhang (China) -- HK$155,200
5. Matthew Wakeman (Australia) -- HK$126,100
6. Bart Luyckx (Hong Kong) -- HK$101,800
7. Ryan Pignatelli (Canada) -- HK$82,400
8. Jae Wook Shin (Korea) -- HK$63,000
9. Teruhisa Aoyama (Japan) -- HK$48,500


Event 5 winner Celina Lin.JPGCelina Lin


EVENT 1: CHINA'S SHAOMING LI WINS RECORD OPENER

This year's ACOP launched in a big way as the first event had 565 players - a series record for an opening event.

China's Shaoming Li defeated the record field to win his first career title along with HK$428,130. In total, 72 players cashed for a share of the HK$1,972,980 prize pool.


Event 1: Final Table Results

1. Shaoming Li (China) -- HK$428,130
2. Sam Cheong (Macau) -- HK$265,370
3. Wei Lin (China) -- HK$164,740
4. Raghav Bansal (India) -- HK$125,680
5. Chris Chong (Singapore) -- HK$86,810
6. Julio Martini (Brazil) -- HK$69,050
7. Seongsu Kong (Hong Kong) -- HK$56,230
8. Joey Ho (Hong Kong) -- HK$47,350
9. Calvin Ho (Hong Kong) -- HK$39,460


Event 1 winner Shaoming Li.jpgShaoming Li


EVENT 2: YUKI KO WINS THE PLO CHAMPIONSHIP

Korean Yuki Ko defeated a field of 37 players to capture his first Spadie in the HK$15,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship for HK$193,800.

Ko's victory adds to his A$1,150 PLO title from this year's Aussie Millions Poker Championship -- making the 24-year old a player to watch out for in future Omaha events.


Event 2: Final Table Results

1. Yuki Ko (Korea) -- HK$193,800
2. Max Schabram (Germany) -- HK$116,300
3. Yuta Sakamaki (Japan) -- HK$77,500
4. Che-li Lin (China) -- HK$58,115
5. Mika Hallstrom (Finland) -- HK$38,800


Event 2 winner-Yuki Ko.JPGYuki Ko


EVENT 3: GERALD KARLIC BECOMES FIRST SPADIE WINNER FROM AUSTRIA

Gerald Karlic outlasted a field of 120 runners in the Knockout Championship - earning him HK$241,800 along with another HK$30,000 for his 15 bounties.

The 24-year old poker pro also became the first Austrian to win a Spadie.

In total, 12 players cashed for a share of the HK$912,360 prize pool in additional to another HK$240,000 awarded for bounties.


Event 3: Final Table Results

1. Gerald Karlic (Austria) -- HK$241,800
2. Jerry Goh (Singapore) -- HK$164,200
3. Wenhai Xu (Macau) -- HK$109,500
4. Ognyan Dimov (Bulgaria) -- HK$86,700
5. Zhiyi Feng (China) -- HK$68,400
6. Simon Burns (Uk) -- HK$59,300
7. Yi Huang (China) -- HK$50,200
8. Ion Sang Song (Macau) -- HK$41,100
9. Wayne Wei Yi Zhang (China) -- HK$31,900


Event 3 winner Gerald Karlic.JPGGerald Karlic


EVENT 4: DIMITAR DANCHEV WINS 6-MAX CHAMPIONSHIP

When Dimitar Danchev won the PCA Main Event in 2013 he had hoped it was the beginning of many more titles to come. But despite being Bulgaria's all-time money leader, Danchev hasn't been able to find another trip to the winner's circle.

That is, until Tuesday night at the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker where Danchev became the first Bulgarian to win an ACOP Spadie trophy after defeating the 145-player field in the 6-max Championship.

Danchev's win earns him HK$368,975 and comes on the heels of his fourth ACOP final table.

In total, 17 players cashed for a share of the HK$1,392,435 prize pool.


Event 4: Final Table Results

1. Dimitar Danchev (Bulgaria) -- HK$368,975
2. Matthew Wakeman (Australia) -- HK$250,640
3. Simeon Naydenov (Bulgaria) -- HK$163,610
4. Matsuo Ryusuke (Japan) -- HK$121,840
5. Patrick Crivell (Canada) -- HK$83,550
6. James Obst (Australia) -- HK$62,660
7. Tse An Lee (Singapore) -- HK$48,740


Event 4 winner Dimitar Danchev.JPGDimitar Danchev


2016 ACOP LIVE COVERAGE

Live coverage will be available on the PokerStars Blog beginning November 5 for the following events:

HK$500,000 Super High Roller (2 rebuys): November 5-7
HK$100,000 Main Event: November 7-12
HK$250,000 High Roller: November 11-13


Fred Leung
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour