Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu wins ACOP Deepstack Championship
PokerStars Macau completed its opening weekend of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) and the unique set-up to the schedule was well received.
For the majority of the long schedule, which runs from October 26 to November 11, the newest addition to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour will offer tournaments with high buy-in stakes -- known as ACOP Title Events -- as well as a lower buy-in events of the same game type.
This past weekend saw the completion of Event 1: HKD $10,000 Deepstack Championship andEvent 2: HKD $2,000 Deepstack which had 192 and 224 players respectively.
"Everybody on the PokerStars Macau and APPT teams have been extremely excited about the ACOP the entire year." said Lorie Lagrosas, PokerStars Macau Operations Manager.
"We even estimated 400-plus players for the ACOP Warm-up event next weekend. But we didn't plan to break the 200-player mark within the first 2 of 17 days on the schedule. There's every reason to be optimistic as we approach the Main Event on November 7."
The 2012 ACOP takes place from Oct. 26 to Nov. 11
Headlining the ACOP's early success was Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu who won the Deepstack Championship as he becomes the first ever ACOP Title Event winner. Wu picked up HKD $419,800 for his victory in the 3-day event.
In total, Event 1 paid the Top 22 players HKD $1,713,408 in prize money.
Iqbal Ahmed entered Monday's final table as the overnight chip leader with 551,000 and Wu held the second largest stack just 70,000 behind.
Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im was also amongst the final 10 players but she had one of the shorter stacks to start the day.
After a slow first hour, Ahmed opened the floodgates as he eliminated player after player.
Wu had his fare share of knock outs but they were short stacks which kept the Taiwanese poker pro a fair distance behind.
3-handed play was critical for Wu as his aggression allowed him to even out the stacks. After busting Im in 3rd place, Wu would only be slight 1.3M to 1.5M dog to kick off heads up play.
It only took 15 minutes before that disadvantage grew to 700K to 2.1M and Ahmed looked poised to win the Deepstack Championship title.
However, Wu noticeably shifted his approach while constantly adding pressure to Ahmed and his tedious grind would give him an ever so slight 30K lead entering the final hand:
Pre-flop, Ahmed raised to 170,000 from the big blind and Wu made the call.
The flop was an innocent looking 8♥2♠4♥. Ahmed led out for 150,000 and was called.
The turn paired the board with the 8♠ and now Ahmed bet 250,000 before Wu quickly moved all-in.
Nearly just as fast, Ahmed said "call" but he was clearly just fed up with folding as he only held A♥[Q] for nothing more than Ace-high.
Wu happily turned over pocket aces A♣A♥ and locked the title before a meaningless T♣ river card.
"I was really confident when it was heads up as that's probably the best part of my game. I changed gears and that seemed to frustrate him (Ahmed)." said Wu, "I'm really happy with the win and the Silver Spade trophy but I want the big one (Main Event). I want the Gold Spade!"
Event 1: $10,000 Deepstack Championship - Final Table Results
1. Raymond Wu (Chinese Taipei) -- $419,800
2. Iqbal Ahmed (UK) -- $282,700
3. Vivian Im (Korea) -- $171,300
4. Vladimir Geshkenbein (Switzerland) -- $137,100
5. Bernard Vu (France) -- $111,400
6. Mansour Khorramshahi (Thailand) -- $94,200
7. Saehoon Lee (Korea) -- $77,100
8. Iqannis Kontonatsios (Greece) -- $60,000
9. Roman Babela (Czech Republic) -- $42,800
10. Amir Hatefi (Iran) -- $34,408
Event 2 was won by Sweden's Benjamin Carmine who received HKD $93,900 for his victory. 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $391,104 prize pool.
Event 2: $2,000 Deepstack - Final Table Results
1. Benjamin Carmine (Sweden) -- $93,900
2. Christopher Carpenter (Australia) -- $64,500
3. Chow Lin Tan (Singapore) -- $39,100
4. Kosei Ichinose (Japan) -- $29,300
5. Marsel Kiyamov (Russia) -- $23,500
6. David Keyes (China) -- $19,600
7. Man Chi Wong (Hong Kong) -- $15,600
8. Tung Wing Tsang (Hong Kong) -- $11,700
9. Katsuyoshi Hori (Japan) -- $9,800
10. Claudia Yum (Korea) -- $7,904