Norberto Korn wins ACOP Platinum Series VII
Last week, the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' poker room completed ACOP Platinum Series VII with series-record totals of 855 players and HK$2,940,525 in prize money.
Norberto Korn won the HK$5,500 Main Event after beating the 277-player field. The Top 32 players cashed for a share of the HK$1,249,408 prize pool with Korn receiving almost HK$300,000 for his victory.
Daniel Laidlaw was the most recognizable player on the final table but the Aussie poker pro ultimately fell in fourth place.
At the end it was Korn heads up against China's Minggeng Bo for the title.
The final hand began innocently enough with both players limping in to see a flop of 5♦J♠K♥.
Korn would check-call Bo's bet of 30,000 and the T♥ landed on the turn. That's when the fireworks began.
Korn checked once again but would then raise Bo's 70,000 bet to 150,000. Bo moved all-in (376,000) for his remaining chips and was quickly called.
Bo tabled T♣5♣ for two-pair but was well behind Korn's straight Q♠9♣.
The river bricked a meaningless 6♥ to send the 45-year Argentinian to the winners circle.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
1. Norberto Korn (Argentina) HK$296,908
2. Minggeng Bo (China) HK$190,500
3. Qiuren Qin (China) HK$121,800
4. Daniel Laidlaw (Australia) HK$96,800
5. Jixue Yin (China) HK$73,100
6. Hiroyuki Tanaka (Japan) HK$59,300
7. Hui Wang (China) HK$46,900
8. Suyu Teng (China) HK$37,500
9. Mohyeddin Amadezyabary (Iran) HK$30,000
For complete results of ACOP Platinum Series VII please click here.
Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin finished in fourth place in the HK$10,000 NLH event. It was her 27th final table on the all-time list in Official Asia Player of the Year events. She now reclaims the No. 1 spot for both final tables (27) and points (12,794) after Raiden Kan (26 final tables, 12,732 points) temporarily took the lead last month.
Winfred Yu won his first career tournament in Event 3, the HK$3,000 NLH tournament. Yu had a strong showing in the Platinum Series overall with three cashes and two final tables netting him HK$135,200 (USD $17,445). Yu, known for high stakes poker in Macau, has lifetime earnings of more than USD $1.3m so the prize money hardly affects him. But certainly the victory is a monkey off his back after a dozen recorded trips to the final table without a title.
KC Wong ended last year with a season-best nine final tables - just one short of the record (10). After his third place finish in Event 5 he once again leads the final table count with three on the early season.
For the 2015 Asia Player of the Year rankings please click here.
The next special event at PokerStars LIVE Macau is Macau Poker Cup 22 (MPC22) which takes place from February 27 to March 15. Online satellites are now running to the HK$12,000 Red Dragon Main Event which comes with a HK$5 million prize pool guarantee.
For more information on MPC22 please visit www.PokerStarsLIVEMacau.com