China's Zhi Lin wins ACOP Platinum Series XIII

Last week, the 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room completed ACOP Platinum Series XIII attracting festival totals of 782 players and more than HK$2.6 million in prize money.

China's Zhi Lin defeated the 239-player Main Event field to take home the week's feature title along with HK$258,810 in prize money. In total, 27 player cashed for a share of the HK$1,078,010 prize pool -- including No. 1 ranked Quan Zhou and reigning Asia Player of the Year (APOY) Alan Lau who finished in 16th and 24th place respectively.

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The previous Platinum Series winner, Jack Wu, also made another deep run finishing in 14th place.

In the end, it was Venezuela's Jose Rivas who would stand between Lin and his first live tournament victory. With a 2-to-1 chip advantage, the final hand arrived less than an hour into heads up play.

Lin, with 1.5m chips, min-raised pre-flop to 60k and Rivas moved all-in for his remaining 866k. Call.

Lin: 7♠7♣
Alberto: A♣8♦

The board ran 2♥2♠4♣4♠7♦ giving the 34-year old Lin a full house to deliver the final knockout blow as his corner of friends screamed in delight.

1. Zhi Lin (China) -- HK$258,810
2. Jose Alberto Rivas (Venezuela) -- HK$167,200
3. Min Soon Lim (Singapore) -- HK$107,900
4. Reece Glister (Australia) -- HK$86,200
5. Beng Chuan Foo (Malaysia) -- HK$67,900
6. Ting Ting Du (China) -- HK$53,900
7. Yao Meng (China) -- HK$43,100
8. Thomas Syvers (Norway) -- HK$35,000
9. Peng Hao (China) -- HK$27,000

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

Wayne Wei Yi Zhang won the Superstack event - closing the gap between him and top APOY ranked Quan Zhou to just 412 points. Zhang finished No. 10 on the APOY rankings last season and has been one of most consistent performers on the PokerStars Asia circuit over the past 16 months.

2016 Macau Millions champion Alvan Zheng moved up one spot to No. 3 on the Asia Player of the Year leaderboard after a runner-up finish in the 10K NLH event.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Benny Lai won the $3,000 NLH event - his second tournament title of the season - to improve from No. 6 to No. 4.

For the 2016 Asia Player of the Year rankings please click here.

The next special event at PokerStars LIVE Macau is APPT Macau which takes place from May 18-29 and features the HK$25,000 Main Event. Online satellite are running now on

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Fred Leung
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour