Tony Chang wins record Event 1 at Macau Poker Cup

MacauPokerCup_thn_promo.jpgPokerStars Macau had a great start to the 16th edition of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon as Event 1's $5,500 buy-in tournament awarded HKD $710,000 in prize money -- making it the largest prize pool for a launch event at Asia's premiere poker series.

In total, 208 players participated in the opening weekend's two official Asia Player of the Year Events (APOY) held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex.

Event 1: ACOP Platinum Series was won by Hong Kong's Tony Chang who bested a field of 142 players and collected HKD $177,500 for his victory. In total, 16 players cashed for their share of the record prize pool.

The final hand saw Chang re-raise bluff with 7-5 for all of Tinka Wong's stack but she quickly made the call with ace-queen.

The board ran T♣4♥8♠6♠K♣ for a straight and sending the Chinese businessman to the winner's circle.

Relatively new to the game, Chang has become a huge supporter of poker. He said, "I (have) only played poker for two years and this is my second trophy in a poker tournament. However, it's the first at PokerStars (Macau)."

The win moves Chang into 10th place on the APOY rankings.

Event 1: ACOP Plainum Series Final Table Results

1. Tony Chang (Hong Kong) -- $177,500
2. Tinka Wong (Hong Kong) -- $120,700
3. Amit Varma (India) -- $78,100
4. Julian Hasse (Germany) -- $63,900
5. Allen Lu (China) -- $49,700
6. Chao Li (China) -- $42,600
7. Jun Chen (China) -- $35,500
8. Guofu Chen (China) -- $28,400
9. Chen Chin Wu (Chinese Taipei) -- $21,300
10. Xiong Fei Tang (China) -- $17,600

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Tony Chang

Sunday's poker action also included the Event 2: Charity Event which was won by Aussie Andrew Scott who outlasted a 66-player field winning HKD $42,200 plus a HKD $11,000 Red Dragon entry. The long running charity tournament raised HKD $33,000 for local Macau charities such as Caritas de Macau and the MCDA.

The final hand was against Taiwanese Jimmy Hsieh. On a flop of J♠5♣9♣ Hsieh moved all-in with J♥2♠ and was quickly called by the World Gaming Magazine CEO who held J♣T♠.

The remaining board cards Q♥K♦ didn't improve Hsieh's hand giving Scott -- who was runner-up in APPT Macau Season 2 -- the title and as he described "the prestige".

Event 2: Charity Event - Final Table Results
1. Andrew Scott (Australia) -- $53,400
2. Jimmy Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) -- $38,000
3. AJ Brock (USA) -- $29,000
4. Sparrow Cheung (Hong Kong) -- $19,100
5. King-chung Wang (Chinese Taipei) -- $12,700
6. Min Soon Lim (Singapore) -- $11,400
7. Sau Chin Ng (Hong Kong) -- $10,222

Notables playing over the weekend field included Team PokerStars Pros Vivian Im, Celina Lin, Bryan Huang, and Raymond Wu along with PokerStars sponsored Shaq Lin -- the 2011 Asia Player of the Year. Defending Red Dragon champion, Nicky Jin, has confirmed his attendance as the main event approaches it's Thursday start on June 14.
Players can still qualify to the Red Dragon at PokerStars Macau where live satellites are running daily.

The next tournament is Event 3: $1,500 Deepstack on Monday at 8:10 PM HKT. The two-day event comes with a HKD $150,000 guarantee.