APPT Macau: Zhou still leads heads-up in ME; Sekiya clinches Asia POY

Heads-up play continues at the ACOP Main Event between Xing Zhou of China and Ying Kit Chan of Hong Kong, with Zhou continuing to maintain a healthy lead over his opponent.

Zhou chipped away at Chan during the first half-hour of Level 25 (12,000/24,000/3,000), moving his stack back up over 4 million while Chan's slipped to about 1.5 million.


Xing Zhou

Then came a hand in which Zhou put Chan to a tough decision with a sizable river bet on a seven-high board and Chan let his hand go, preserving his stack of just over 1 million.

As the heads-up battle wages on, here are a few updates from other goings-on here on the last day of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker...

$250,000 (HKD) "High Rollers" update

The "High Rollers" event (ACOP Event #16) is proceeding through the second of two days of play.

Right now 15 out of the starting field of 39 are still with chips, with Joseph Cheong appearing to hold a chip advantage as they return from a dinner break. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is still in the hunt as well with a big stack, while Phil Ivey and John Juanda are among the eliminated.

The top five places pay in that event, with first prize set at $3,707,000 (HKD), the equivalent of about $475K USD.

2012 ACOP Million Dollar Challenge

Speaking of the "High Rollers" event, it is the last one which can potentially affect the "Million Dollar Challenge" between Team Hong Kong and Team Australia.

As of now, the Aussies have a commanding point lead in the challenge with 1,430 APOY points to Hong Kong's 300 points (in pre-selected ACOP events).

But both teams have a couple of players still alive in the "High Rollers" -- Nick Wong and Derek Cheung for Hong Kong, and Jonathan Karamalikis and David Steicke for the Aussies. While Australia has the advantage, Hong Kong still has a mathematical chance of passing them depending on how things go in Event #16.

Sekiya clinches 2012 Asia Player of the Year

Updating some of the side stories happening here on the final day of the Asia Championship of Poker, Japan's Yosuke Sekiya held off numerous challengers on the final day to win the 2012 Asia Player of the Year. A final table in Event #18 today, the $2,500 (HKD) Turbo, helped Sekiya secure the win.


Yosuke Sekiya, 2012 Asia Player of the Year

Sekiya wins a one-year sponsorship from PokerStars Macau for his APOY victory, meaning entries into events in Macau and many on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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