2016 ACOP: High Roller final table live updates

November 13, 2016


Congratulations to David Peters! Winner of the ACOP High Roller (HK$4,885,200)

David Peters just lifted the ACOP High Roller trophy after overcoming a tough field of 71 runners.

In the end he overcame Paul Newey in a heads up battle to emerge victorious and claim HK$4,885,200 along with the High Roller title.

We’ll have a full recap of proceedings soon on the PokerStars Blog. In the meantime you can check out today’s coverage below! — BK

Paul Newey eliminated in second place (HK$3,507,000)
Level 20: Blinds 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante)

Paul Newey has been felted one shy of lifting the trophy after calling all-in for his tournament life.

Newey had lost a couple of small pots in quick succession and was down to under 15 big blinds when the final hand of the tournament began. David Peters open jammed from the button and Newey was quick to call all in to put himself at risk.

Newey: K♦6♠
Peters: A♣8♦

Newey was behind and while his cards were live the 8♣J♦3♠ flop paired Peters to thin his chances even further. Chasing an ace to keep the tournament going Newey couldn’t find one on the 7♠ turn or 4♠ river.

He departs as our runner up and collects HK$3,507,000 for his efforts this week. — BK

7:10pm: Peters gets value on the river
Level 20: Blinds 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante)

Paul Newey got himself above 4 million but then paid off David Peters in the very next pot to drop to 3.2 million. It was the first time he looked a little rattled in this duel.

Peters raised to 250,000 and Newey called to see a 6♦10♦5♣ flop. Newey check-called a 275,000 bet before both players checked the J♦ turn. The board filled up with the J♥ and Newey checked to face a 450,000 bet. His look immediately changed to someone who was thinking he has to pay it off but doesn’t like it. He tanked for a few minutes and called. Peters opened 10♣4♠ for two pair and Newey mucked. –MC

7pm: Another for Newey
Level 20: Blinds 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante)

David Peters raised to 275,000 on the button and Paul Newey called from the big blind to see the flop spread 7♣7♠3♣. The action was checked through and the A♣ rolled off on the turn.

Newey then took the betting lead with a barrel for 310,000. The bet was called by Peters and the 5♠ completed the board.


Newey gaining traction

Newey loaded up again on the end before sliding 600,000 into the middle. Peters gave it about 30 seconds of thought before relinquishing his hand. With that pot Newey is back up to 3.7 million to Peters’ 14 million. — BK

6:50pm: Three in a row for Peters
Level 20: Blinds 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante)

Paul Newey has dropped back down to just under 3.5 million after he lost three pots in a row.

Newey called and David Peters checked. Both checked the J♠J♦6♣ flop before Peters led for 230k and 500k on the 9♠10♦ turn and river.


A small run for Peters

In the next hand Peters raised to 300,000 and Newey called before check-folding to a 160,000 bet on the Q♥2♠Q♠ flop.

Peters won the third pot in a row when he raised to 420,000 after Newey had limped. Newey folded. –MC

6:40pm: Newey fighting back
Level 20: Blinds 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante)

Paul Newey is doing his best to close the gap between the stacks of he and David Peters – and raking a recent pot helped him on his way.

Newey button-raised to 275,000 and Peters defended to see the 7♣Q♥2♦ flop. It was checked to Newey and he continued with a bet of 250,000. Peters peeled one more to see the 3♣ arrive on the turn.

Peters checked a final time and Newey reached deep – this time firing for 650,000. That was too much for Peters who surrendered his hand and fell to 12.9 million.

Newey now sits with 4.8 million at his disposal. — BK

6:30pm: Newey pays off Peters
Level 20: Blinds 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante)

Paul Newey paid off David Peters on the river to dip back below 4 million but won some back the very next hand.

Newey called from the button and Peters checked his option. The players checked all the way to the river of a 9♦K♠6♣2♣A♥ board where Peters led for 180,000. Newey called and mucked upon seeing Peters’ A♣7♠ for a rivered pair.

Peters raised to 260,000 the very next hand and Newey called. Both checked the 10♥6♥5♦ flop before Newey led for 225,000 on the 10♠ turn. Fold. –MC

6:15pm: Break time
Level 20: Blinds 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante)

That’s the end of the level, with players taking a five-minute break. It’s still a mountain to climb for Paul Newey, but he is at least in the foothills now.

David Peters: 13.2 million
Paul Newey: 4.55 million

6:15pm: Royal flush for Newey
Level 19: Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)

You definitely don’t want to hear your opponent say, “Royal flush” when you call a river bet. David Peters heard that from Newey and the latter’s stack grew to around 3.7 million.

Peters opened to 225,000 and Newey peeled from the big blind. The flop fell J♠Q♠A♠ and Newey check-called 150,000 before both players checked the K♠ turn. Newey then led for 315,000 on the 6♥ river and Newey said those words as he opened 10♠6♠. Peters mucked. –MC


Royal Flush Paul Newey

6:10pm: Jack Wu crowned 2016 Asia Player of the Year

Taiwan’s Jack Wu has been crowned 2016 Asia Player of the Year!

After a tight race with China’s Wayne Zhang, Wu has emerged triumphant with the conclusion of the Far East’s richest poker festival – the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP). The results of the ACOP series usually determine the APOY winner but Wu and Zhang were so far ahead of the pack that something drastic would have had to happen for another player so snatch the crown.


Jack Wu: Asia Player of the Year

Wu amassed an amazing 9,492 points throughout the season. During an absolutely stellar year on the felt he not only made 23 final tables but took home six titles as well. The biggest of which came in September when Wu shipped the Macau Poker Cup HK$20,000 Event for a $118,622 payday.

That final tally of 9,492 points means Wu easily surpasses Shaq Lin’s previous record of 6,278 – one that stood for five years. For his showing Wu receives a one-year sponsorship with PokerStars LIVE Macau and his name etched permanently into the prestigious APOY trophy.

Congratulations to Jack Wu!

6pm: Newey edges closer
Level 19: Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)

Paul Newey is making a decent fist of overcoming this huge deficit and has just taken another pot from David Peters.

Peters raised from the button to 225,000 and Newey called in the big blind. Then Newey checked the flop of 8♠7♣6♣, prompting a bet of 340,000 from Peters. Newey called.

The 10♠ that came on the turn hit a few draws and made others possible and Newey had a stab. He bet 875,000 and Peters folded. — HS

5:45pm: Newey edges closer
Level 19: Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)

Paul Newey won three out of the first five hands to see his stack grow to 2.3 million.

On the first hand, David Peters raised to 225,000 and Newey called. Peters continued for 160,000 on a Q♠3♠5♠ flop and Newey check-called. The 4♣8♣ turn and river were checked and Peters mucked upon seeing Newey’s K♣3♥.

Newey won the next one too. He limped in from the button and Peters checked. The 9♥J♠7♣9♦6♠ board was checked all the way down and Peters opened Q♥4♣. Newey opened 10♠6♥ for a rivered pair and took that pot.

Peters won the next one after raising to 225,000 and betting 140,000 on a A♠5♥3♣ flop. — MC

5:40pm: Heads up players
Level 19: Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)

One of these two is going home with the High Roller Spadie:


High Roller heads up: David Peters and Paul Newey

5:30pm: Blind on blind cooler sends Dvoress home in third
Level 19: Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)

Daniel Dvoress only had 16 big blinds but it still sucks to run a big ace into a bigger one three-handed. That happened and he went third for $2,279,000.

The action folded around Dvoress in the small blind and he moved all-in. Peters almost beat him into the pot and the cards were flipped up.

Dvoress: A♦9♠
Peters: A♣K♣

The board ran 2♠5♥J♥8♠J♦ and Peters held.


Daniel Dvoress: Loses to a big ace

They’ll be a short break now while some photos are taken and then Peters will take a 15.6 to 2.15 million lead into his heads-up battle with Paul Newey. –MC

5:20pm: Peters gets lucky to send Metalidi home in fourth
Level 19: Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)

Is it better to be lucky or good? David Peters doesn’t need to answer that, as he’s both–and has an enormous stack too. He just got lucky to send the dangerous Artem Metalidi home in fourth for $1,720,000.


Artem Metalidi: The latest to be left with nothing

The action folded to Peters in the small blind and he shoved. Metalidi looked as his cards and snapped off for 1.2 million.

Peters: J♣3♦
Metalidi: 5♠5♦

The board ran A♥4♦J♥9♠8♥ to pair Peters’ jack. He has around 14 million now. — MC

5:10pm: Double for Newey
Level 19: Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante)

He did it on the first hand of the day, and Paul Newey has just doubled up on the first hand after the break.

He got it in with A♥7♣ against David Peters’ 6♣9♥ and the board ran 7♠8♥K♠7♦J♦. Newey rapped his knuckles on the felt and moved beyond 2.6 million chips. — HS

5pm: Break time stack sizes
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

That’s the first break of the day. Players will return to the following stacks:

David Peters: 13.49 million
Daniel Dvoress: 1.47 million
Artem Metalidi: 1.415 million
Paul Newey: 1.38 million

Yes, that’s right. David Peters has more than three times as much as the other three put together. — HS

4:55pm: Peters picks off Metalidi bluff
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

All continues to look rosy for David Peters. He just picked off an Artem Metalidi bluff to send the Ukranian down to around 1.4 million.

Peters opened to 240,000 from the small blind and Metalidi called from the big blind. The flop spread 8♥9♣4♠ and Peters continued for 305,000. Call. Both players checked the 5♥ turn and Peters checked the 7♥ river to face a 710,000 bet.


Artem Metalidi: Had a crack, failed

He tanked for several minutes and then called with 9♠2♠ for top pair (no kicker) to beat Metalidi and his bluffing Q♦J♣.

Things really couldn’t be better for Peters now. He has the three other players all super short and can toy with them as he pleases. –MC

4:50pm: Newey ponders shipping
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

David Peters opened to 180,000 from under the gun and Artem Metalidi call on the button. Paul Newey knew this was a good squeezing spot and took a long time to decide whether he was actually going to jam here. After a while in the tank, he opted to fold and Daniel Dvoress did the same in the big blind.

That meant the two big stacks saw the flop of 8♥6♠5♣ and Peters bet 250,000. Metalidi folded. — HS

4:45pm: Dvoress left with a shoving stack
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

After getting all the way to the river in a blind battle against David Peters (folding to Peters’ bet of 300,000 on a board of K♠3♦J♦7♥10♥), Daniel Dvoress has a shoving stack in front of him. It’s about 1.2 million. Lo and behold, he did jam from the button on the next hand after the loss to Peters. — HS

4:35pm: Action slowing down
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

Now that we’re four handed the action has slowed down dramatically. Chips are shifting back and forwards but ever so slightly. With the five eliminations in quick succession the remaining four are relatively deep-stacked now so we expect fewer all-ins and chip movement for the time being.

The blinds are still at 40,000/80,000 (10,000) and the average stack is at 4,437,500 – more than 55 big blinds.

As it stands David Peters is still way out in front with around 11 million worth of chips. Let’s see if things pick back up again soon. — BK

4:20pm: Kicker problems for Peters
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

Artem Metalidi won a small battle of the blinds versus David Peters to see his stack grow to 3.6 million.

Peters opened to 240,000 from the small blind and Metalidi peeled from the big blind. The board rolled out 6♠A♥Q♠A♣9♠ with Peters waiting until the river to continue. His 170,000 bet was called by his opponent and he opened Q♦8♥ for two pair.

Metalidi had the same two pair but his kicker with Q♥10♥ played and he raked in the pot. Peters is in real trouble now with 10.7 million (ok, maybe not). –MC

4:05pm: Double for Dvoress
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

David Peters has finally lost a sizeable pot after Daniel Dvoress found a flush to double through.

Peters opened to 180,000 from under the gun and Dvoress defended his big blind to see a flop of 7♣K♥5♣. Dvoress checked it over to Peters who continued for 140,000. Dvoress took a moment of pause, and after checking his hole cards again, moved all in for 775,000. Peters called immediately and they revealed their hands.

Dvoress: 6♣2♣
Peters: 8♣7♠

It was middle pair against a flush draw and while the 10♦ turn changed nothing, the 9♣ river earned Dvoress a double up as he completed his flush. He now has around 1.9 million in chips while Peters drops back to 10.6 million, but is still in command. — BK


Daniel Dvoress: Proves Peters’ mortality

4pm: What does a human steamroller look like?
Level 18: Blinds 40,000-80,000 (10,000 ante)

Like this:


David Peters: Unstoppable

Here are stack sizes as they go into Level 18:

Daniel Dvoress: 850,000
Paul Newey: 2.05 million
Artem Metalidi: 3.3 million
David Peters: The rest (11.55 million!)

3:55pm: Newey passes 2 million
Level 17: Blinds 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)

Paul Newey finished off the level in style, taking on the two big stacks to his right to pass the 2 million barrier.

David Peters opened from the cutoff and then watched as Newey thought through his options before three-betting to 450,000. Peters folded.

On the next hand, Artmen Metalidi raised to 145,000 from the cutoff (which is also under the gun now) before Newey three-bet all-in for 1.9 million. Metalidi smiled and folded. –MC

3:45pm: Leo Cheng eliminated in fifth place (HK$1,36,000)
Level 17: Blinds 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)

It hasn’t been long and already we’ve lost five players as Leo Cheng falls in fifth place.

Again it was chip leader David Peters sending another player packing. Cheng’s final hand came when Peters raised to 140,000 under the gun and it folded around to Cheng in the big blind. He then moved all-in with a total of 765,000.

Peters double checked the count and thought for a minute before verbalizing a call.

Cheng: 8♣8♦
Peters: A♦9♦

They were racing and things looked good for Cheng by the time the dealer had revealed the turn on a run out of 4♣Q♣Q♥Q♠. Peters was down to just seven outs to eliminate Cheng and unfortunately for the latter one of those appeared on the 9♣ river.


Leo Cheng, loses as Peters hits seven outer

Cheng leaves us as Peters continues his rampage and moves up to a new total of 9.7 million in chips. — BK

3:35pm: Yaxi Zhu falls in sixth place
Level 17: Blinds 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)

There are no more Team PokerStars Pros left in after Yaxi Zhu fell in sixth place, matching her team-mate Bryan Huang’s performance in the Main Event. Zhu proved very good at winning all-ins last night to secure a payday, but this was one showdown too many.


Yaxi Zhu: One showdown too many

Daniel Dvoress was down to 665,000 and in the hijack. He studied Zhu’s stack in the big blind and then moved in. The action folded to Zhu in the big blind and she tank-called all-in for 635,000.

Zhu: 4♥4♠
Dvoress: A♥8♥

The board ran 3♥7♣8♠10♠10♦ to make Dvoress the better two pair. Zhu will take home $1,035,000 for her deep run. –MC

3:25pm: Roman Korenev eliminated in 7th place (HK$818,000)
Level 17: Blinds 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)

Roman Korenev has become the next to leave us after his pre-flop all-in was called in two spots.

Chip leader David Peters kicked things off with a raise to 130,000 and Artem Metalidi called from the hijack seat. Korenev then moved in from the cutoff for 405,000.

It folded back around to Peters who made the call and Metalidi did the same as the dealer locked the pot. The flop was spread 2♥K♣3♠ and it went check-check before the 3♦ paired the board on the turn. Peters decided to lead at it for 260,000 and Metalidi snap-folded before the active hands were opened up.

Korenev: A♠Q♣
Peters: K♥10♥

Korenev had the best hand pre-flop but Peters had spiked a king to take the lead. Needing only an Ace to keep his tournament alive Korenev couldn’t find one when the Q♦ rolled off on the end. He departs in seventh place for HK$818,000 while Peters continues to steamroll the table – now up to 8.9 million. — BK


Roman Korenev: Out in seventh

3:15pm: Small one for Newey
Level 17: Blinds 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)

A little bit of turn deception from Paul Newey probably helped him get a small river bet paid off by Artem Metalidi. Newey’s stack rises to 1.5 million as a result.

Newey opened to 120,000 from the cutoff and Metalidi called from the big blind. The flop fanned 10♣6♥10♥ and both players checked. They did the same on the A♦ turn before Metalidi checked to face an 80,000 bet on the 4♠ river. Metalidi smiled, picked up the calling chips, shook his head and called.

Newey opened A♥K♦ and Metalidi mucked to drop to 4.1 million. –MC

3pm: Shunu Zang follows Sun out the door
Level 17: Blinds 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)

Hot on the heels of Yaqi Sun’s elimination, Shunu Zang is also now out–although he’ll at least have a bad beat story to tell anyone who will listen.

Zang opened what turned out to be his last pot from early position, making it 140,000 to call. Artem Metalidi looked him up in the big blind and they went to a flop.

Both players checked the 9♦8♦Q♦ that appeared. The 7♣ came on the turn and Metalidi bet 180,000. Zang called. Then the 3♠ completed the board.

Metalidi jammed, but it was Zang’s 665,000 that was the effective stack. Zang put one chip forward to signify a call for his tournament life, and Metalidi flipped over his 7♦7♥ for a turned set.


Shunu Zang: Aces no good

Zang tried to muck, but had to show, and exposed his A♠A♥. That was the end of it for Zang, who has been to two major finals at this festival. He gets $635,000 for this one. — HS

2:55pm: Yaqi Sun eliminated in 9th place (HK$484,000)
Level 17: Blinds 30,000-60,000 (5,000 ante)

Yaqi Sun is the first final table elimination after a four-bet gone wrong versus David Peters.


Yaqi Sun: First man out

Sun opened the action with a hijack raise to 120,000 before Peters played back at him for 330,000 from the big blind. Sun didn’t hesitate long to move all-in over the top for around 1.9 million and Peters snapped it off with a monster.

Sun: A♥Q♠
Peters: K♥K♣

Sun was chasing an Ace to stay in the running but the 6♠3♦9♦10♠6♦ board could not save him. He’ll have to be content with HK$484,000.


Sun heads home

Peters now has an overwhelming 8.4 million in chips. — BK

2:50pm: Three all-ins and no calls
Level 16: Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante)

After that first hand all-in showdown, the play has settled into something a bit more expected.

David Peters has taken a lot of pots pre-flop with simple raises, and when he’s not doing that, Roman Korenev has been getting his stack in.

Korenev moved all-in twice – the second time for 535,000 – and managed to take down the blinds and antes, then Leo Cheng made a brave move. Peters opened under the gun and the action folded around to Cheng in the big blind who three-bet jammed for around 1.1 million. It was too much for Peters to call. –MC

2:40pm: Newey doubles first hand
Level 16: Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante)

The first pot of the day was awarded to Paul Newey after he made a full house to double up against Leo Cheng.

The action folded to Newey in the cutoff and he moved all-in for his last 725,000. Cheng gave the decision about a minute’s consideration before announcing that he was all-in over the top from the small blind. David Peters quickly folded his big blind and the cards went on their backs.

Newey: 5♣5♦
Cheng: A♦10♠


Paul Newey: Raced out the blocks

Newey celebrated prematurely when he saw the five in the window but reeled back at the rest of the 10♦10♣5♠ flop. He needed to fade aces, tens and running cards to secure the pot and the 9♠ turn and 8♥ river obliged. He doubles to about 1.5 million, while Cheng drops back to 1.2 million. — BK

2:35pm: Prizes
Level 16: Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante)

Here’s what they are all playing for this afternoon, by the way.

Place Name Country Prize (HKD)
1     $4,885,200
2     $3,507,000
3     $2,279,000
4     $1,720,000
5     $1,336,000
6     $1,035,000
7     $818,000
8     $635,000
9     $484,000

2:30pm: Cards in the air
Level 16: Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante)

This final table is under way. Stick with us for full coverage from start to finish. There are 17 minutes left to play in Level 16.

1pm: Last day of 2016 ACOP

Good afternoon everybody and welcome for the last time this year to the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) from the PokerStars LIVE card-room in the City of Dreams Casino, Macau.

This is the final day of an outstanding festival, during which guarantees were eclipsed, record numbers attended and two of the three flagship tournaments crowned worthy champions. Today, we will find out who wins the last big one. The last nine (of 71) players who entered the $250,000 High Roller will divvy up the $16,699,200 prize pool, with $4,885,200 on offer to the winner.

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The elimination of Stephen Chidwick late last night not only burst the bubble but also set the final table, and David Peters leads the last nine by a long way. Here’s how they stack up:

Seat Name Chip Count Country
1 Artem Metalidi 3,180,000 Ukraine
2 Roman Korenev 550,000 Russia
3 Yaxi Zhu 620,000 China
4 Shunu Zang 1,005,000 China
5 Yaqi Sun 2,070,000 China
6 Paul Newey 730,000 UK
7 Daniel Dvoress 1,130,000 Canada
8 Leo Cheng 1,930,000 Canada
9 David Peters 6,535,000 USA

Here in the land of the Red Spade, we’ll be rooting for Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu, who is on course for the biggest payday of her career. Having made the final table of the Women’s Event at the World Series of Poker in the summer, and won a €2,000 side event at EPT Prague a couple of years ago, Zhu has taken the next step this week and progressed to this stage in one of the most difficult tournaments around.


Yaxi Zhu: First high roller final table

A word too about Paul Newey and Shunu Zang, who are appearing at their second major final table of this festival. They both made the money in the Super High Roller event too, finishing third and fifth, respectively.

But all eyes on the monster stack of Peters. Can he run over the table, or will he be reined in? Cards are in the air at 2pm and we’ll have full coverage until the end.

PokerStars Blog reporting team at 2016 ACOP: Marc Convey, Brad Kain and Howard Swains. Photography by Long Guan/Kenneth Lim Photography. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


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