ACOP Main Event: Final Table Player Profiles
After four days of play in the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room in Macau, our Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event field has been reduced from 203 players to a final table of just nine. They're about to compete for the prestigious gold Spadie and a potentially life-changing first-place prize of HK$4,752,000. Let's take a closer look at our ACOP Main Event final table:
Seat 1: Jonathan Depa (United States) - 979,500 chips
Jonathan Depa is a 31-year old American poker player with almost a decade of experience as a professional. Like many young poker players of his era, Jonathan was inspired by watching the cult classic movie "Rounders" and from there has never looked back.
Jonathan is usually found playing high-stakes US$25/50 PLO/NLHE cash games, but his tournament game is also pretty impressive with eight WSOP cashes to his credit among $200,000 in career earnings. His best result was a deep run in this year's WSOP Main Event where he finished in 106th place.
After finishing Day 3 as the chip leader, Depa is still well-placed to make an assault on his first career championship.
Seat 2: Randy Lew (PokerStars Team Online) (United States) - 202,000 chips
The man known as "nanonoko", Randy Lew is equally renowned for his online poker accomplishments, as his live poker game. A member of PokerStars Team Online, Randy set a Guinness World Record back in 2012 for playing the most recorded hands of online poker in an eight-hour period while still recording a profit. His number was a staggering 23,493 hands for a profit of $7.65.
While his online game is notorious, his live record is also impressive. On his first trip to Macau, Randy took down the APPT Macau Main Event in 2011 for nearly half a million dollars. Throw in 13 WSOP cashes, and deep runs at both the Aussie Millions and PCA, and Randy has a live game that matches with the best of them.
Away from the tables, Randy enjoys video games and making YouTube videos, and he'd love nothing more than to make history as the first APPT and ACOP Main Event champion.
Seat 3: Devan Tang (Hong Kong) - 779,500 chips
Devan Tang made his mark in Asia when he won the inaugural Macau Poker Cup Championship back in 2009. Since then, the 35-year old poker pro has played in the region's highest stakes cash games and tournaments to become one of Hong Kong's most successful players.
Devan has credited the ACOP Main Event's slow structure as the thing he likes most, as well as what has helped him get this far in the tournament. His chip stack of 779,500 is just a bit above average but that represents more than 100 big blinds when the final table begins.
Seat 4: Yoshitaka Okawa (Japan) - 859,500 chips
Hailing from Osaka in Japan, 38-year old Yoshitaka Okawa is an officer worker by day, but he's also proving to be a pretty competent poker player by night. Yoshitaka has been playing poker for three years but his breakthrough result came in January when he won the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event for a HK$1,123,000 score.
Away from the poker tables, Yoshitaka enjoys trap shooting, so we'll have to see if he can shoot down a few carefully laid traps on this final table!
Seat 5: Sunny Jung (Korea) - 270,000 chips
Sunny Jung is a well-known player on the Macau poker scene, typically found in the HK$300/600 cash games around town. The 40-year old poker pro from Seoul, Korea has made several final tables in his career but is still searching for his first title. His best result came at the APPT Manila event back in 2010 for almost $55,000 in prize money.
Sunny will have some work to do as he enters the final table as one of the shorter stacks with 270,000 in chips.
Seat 6: Chenxiang Miao (China) - 368,000 chips
Chenxiang Miao first sprung to our attention on Day 2 when his pocket tens flopped a set to crack both pocket aces and pocket kings, and from that moment on, he hasn't looked like missing this ACOP Main Event final table.
Chenxiang is a 31-year old business owner with five years experience in the game after first trying it out on a visit to Sydney, Australia. He must've picked up a few things, as Chenxiang recently collected the High Roller title at the August edition of the Macau Poker Cup which was good for HK$501,200 in prize money.
In his spare time, Chenxiang likes food, golf and travelling all around the world. Perhaps a big result here in the ACOP Main Event will see him become a regular on the Asia poker circuit.
Seat 7: Yat Wai Cheng (Hong Kong) - 1,080,000 chips
Yat Wai Cheng is a 36-year old poker player from Hong Kong with five years experience in the game.
Our Googling couldn't uncover any tournament record to speak of, despite his bio sheet mentioning a WSOP Circuit event. However he did mention his usual game is the HK$100/200 or HK$300/600 cash game tables, so at those stakes, Yat Wai must be the real deal.
Yat Wai will enter the final table well-placed as the second largest chip stack, so we might know a little more about him by the time this final table is said and done.
Seat 8: Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (Thailand) - 38,500 chips
Chane Kampanatsanyakorn is a blogger's worst nightmare, but the biggest name on the final table only has a tick over six big blinds to work with as the severe short stack of the remaining nine players.
Chane is a 33-year from Bangkok in Thailand and has had a fantastic year, with a runner-up result at the APPT in Seoul to compliment deep runs at the WSOP APAC and APPT Melbourne.
When not playing poker, Chane enjoys getting outside for a game of tennis or golf, and he says that's he's really enjoyed the quality structure of this ACOP Main Event.
Seat 9: Yifan "Alvan" Zheng (China) - 1,513,500 chips
Yifan "Alvan" Zheng enters the final table as the overnight chip leader with just over 1.5 million in chips. The 25-year old from Guangzhou in China works in the computer industry and learned how to play poker just three years ago when he studied in the United Kingdom.
Alvan considers himself a tournament player and had his first career victory in the HK$20,000 No Limit Holdem event during the Macau Poker Cup in April for a HK$717,100 score. Alvan is currently ranked #29 on the Asia Player of the Year leader board but a win in the ACOP Main Event would give him enough points to overtake current # 1 Jian Yang.