ACOP still going strong after five events
PokerStars Macau has now completed the first five events through six days of its 17-day schedule at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP).
The poker action really heats up beginning Thursday night when the second ACOP Title Event takes place with the HKD $8,000 Six-handed Championship.
"The early results have been really great." said APPT President Danny McDonagh. "But we're now entering the really exciting portion of the schedule with several ACOP Title Events leading up to the Main Event next Wednesday. This is where we find out how big this series is going to be."
Event 1: $10,000 Deepstack Championship Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu will go down in history as the first ever winner of an ACOP Title Event. Wu beat the 192 player field to win the opening event, taking home HKD $419,800 for his victory in the 3-day tournament.In total, Event 1 paid the Top 22 players HKD $1,713,408 in prize money. Fellow Team PokerStars member Vivian Im placed 3rd for HKD $171,300.
Event 2: $2,000 Deepstack Event 2 was won by Switzerland's Benjamin Carmine who outlasted 224 runners and received the HKD $93,900 top prize. 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $391,104 prize pool.
Event 3: $4,000 NLH Gab Yong Kim won the $4,000 NLH event which had 150 players that produced a HKD $523,800 prize pool. Kim, who is Im's partner, won HKD $128,300 in what has been a great start to the ACOP for the Korean couple.
Event 4: $1,000 Charity Event Reigning Asia Player of the Year Shaq Lin won the Charity Event winning HKD $76,400 in the process. The tournament drew 109 players who produced 178 rebuys for a HKD $247,686 prize pool that paid the Top 13 players. The event generated HKD $54,500 for local charities. Jay Tan and Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin finished 2nd and 4th respectively.
Event 5: $1,000 Six-handed The 6-max event had 141 players building a HKD $123,093 prize pool which would be shared amongst the Top 16 players. Taiwan's Pei Ti Tu won the tournament taking home HKD $30,800 in winnings. Celina Lin finished in 3rd place in Event 5. Her back-to-back final tables move her up two spots on the Asia Player of the Year rankings where she is now No. 3.