ACOP Main Event Day 3: Lim eyes more gold
As we approach the money here on Day 3, there are numerous players still in contention for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event title who would make interesting champions of this event.
Perhaps WSOP bracelet winner, and Team PokerStars Pro, Naoya Kihara can do it for Japan. He's boosted the game of poker in Japan already once in his career, perhaps he can ignite a second wave following this event?
Or what about former Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon champion Terry Fan? A win in the ACOP Main Event would no doubt see Fan secure the Asia Player of the Year honours.
How about high-stakes specialist Winfred Yu? Yu didn't even play Day 1 of this event at all as he was still en route from the WSOPE in Paris. His entry was accepted as a late registration and he took a mandatory hit to his stack before the start of Day 2, but that hasn't stopped him from making a deep run in the Main Event.
However none of them have had a better year than a young Australian player from Perth who is hunting his third major title of 2013.
Aaron Lim had several big scores last year, but really confirmed himself as a one of the rising stars in the poker world this year after winning the APPT Seoul Main Event in March. He then followed that up less than one month later with a win in the inaugural WSOP-APAC series to become the first Australian to win a bracelet on home soil.
Lim then took his talent to Europe where a runner-up result in the EPT Berlin High Rollers pocketed Lim another €240,100 in prize money.
Lim has jumped on a plane and flown straight from the WSOPE in Paris to be here for the Asia Championship of Poker, and it's looking to be a wise decision. A win in the ACOP Main Event would give Lim his third major championship of the year which would be an incredible achievement - one that is unlikely to be matched often in the poker world. Lim would also be elevated well inside the top 10 Australian money earners of all time.
Not bad for someone who barely looks of legal age to even enter the casino! But don't let his innocence fool you as Lim has one of the most aggressive games you'll see, and without doubt, is a player to watch in future.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.