Starting last week, the Asian Poker Tour in partnership with Poker King Club and SJM, has been running their first festival since 2013 at the gambling mecca of Asia. The past four days focused on the APT Macau 2016 Main Event with an entry fee of HKD 22,000 ($2,836). The highlight event drew in a field of 108 entries for a total prize pool of HKD 2,074,000 ($267,360). With many pros in attendance, yesterday’s round concluded with the Final 8 lineup filled with players at the top of their game.
Spain’s Sergio Aido with 1,398,000 chips
Entering the Final 8 as the chip leader is Spanish pro Sergio Aido with an overwhelmingly massive stack of 1,398,000. Aido is one of the top ranked player’s for his country with live tournament earnings over US$1.4M. He is well traveled, playing poker in many destinations around the world. While his stats boast of many deep runs with big payouts, his largest score was at the WSOP 2016 in Las Vegas at the US$111,111 No Limit Hold’em High Roller for One Drop. He placed 14th out of 183 players for a US$256,537 payday.
China’s Guo Dong with 850,000 chips
The second ranked chip leader is China’s Guo Dong with 850,000 chips. Dong is also a seasoned pro playing mainly in Macau and the USA when the WSOP comes rolling in. Dong’s biggest live score achievement was at the WSOP 2014 where he ran very deep in the US$10,000 Main Event finishing in 29th place out of 6,683 players for a wallet pad up of US$230,487. His largest payout in Asia was at the ACOP 2015, winning the Warm-up event for a cash prize of US$176,863.
UK’s Daniel Tang with 710,000
This year has been a good one for UK’s pro Daniel Tang who has been consistently cashing each month in events around Europe. Although he fell a spot shy in the WPTN UK Party Poker Main Event in Nottingham just five months ago, he earned the largest payout of his career, US$130,263. He enters the APT Main Event with 710,000 running third in chips.
Korea’s Lim Yo Hwan with 674,000 chips
Known by many as Boxer, the professional gamer, Korea’s Lim Yo Hwan has long retired from the gaming world but not out of the world’s eye. Lim is now a professional poker player regularly seen at the APT events. At the ongoing event, Lim won the Poker King Cup HKD 300,000 Guaranteed, however his biggest tournament earnings was in July 2016 at the APT Asian Poker Series Manila Main Event, placing second (his deepest Main Event run) for US$33,100. Yo Hwan takes the middle of the pack fourth spot in the chip ladder with 674,000.
Hong Kong’s Winfred Yu with 537,000 chips
Hong Kong’s Winfred Yu is Poker King President and a top ranked player in the Asia. His live tournament earnings are well over US$1.4M with over half a million earned at the No Limit Hold’em Aspers 100K High Roller event. Yu is one of the most respected poker players in the industry with stats going as far back as 2004. Entering the Final 8 with 537,000 makes him the fifth positioned player in the chip count. His deepest APT Main Event run was back in 2012 placing second for a payout of US$131,018. His most recent big cashout was in late July at the ACOP Platinum Series XIV NLH event. He finished 3rd out of 91 players and won US$12,286.
Spain’s Saul Oliver Fortea with 461,000 chips
Another Spaniard made the lineup, Saul Oliver Fortea who takes the sixth spot in the order. He may not be decorated with a slew of live tournament earnings but securing a seat in the Final 8 amongst the pros is a big achievement.
Hong Kong’s Kevin Tse with 389.000 chips
Another player going pound for pound with the big guns is Hong Kong’s Kevin Tse. Tse has been performing impressively at the ongoing Main Event, securing a very high finish on both Day 1A and at the end of Day 2. He recently ran deep at the ACOP Platinum XV Hong Kong – Macau Poker Championship, finishing 3rd out of 62 for a US$4,886 payout. Tse takes the seventh spot going into the final day with 389,000 chips.
Norway’s Henrik Tollefsen with 335,000 chips
The defending champion of the APT Macau Main Event, Norway’s Henrik Tollefsen, rounds up the Final 8. He may be the lowest in chips with 335,000 to start with, but he is a two-time APT Main Event champion with several High Roller titles also under his belt. Tollefsen has been a familiar face in the Asian circuit for the past three years and earned his biggest keep of US$189,000 at the Macau Poker Cup High Rollers event in 2014. It will be a milestone achievement for Tollefsen to rise up the ranks and steal away with his third APT championship title.
The Main Event resumes at 1:30pm on Tuesday, October 25th at the Casino Lisboa. We will have a winner’s story as soon as it concludes. Below are the players who were in the money.
9th Terry Fan – Taiwan – HKD 63,000
10th Wei Zhou Zha – China – HKD 54,000
11th Qin Tao – China – HKD 50,000
12th David Douglas – Hong Kong – HKD 50,000
13th Celine Lee – China – HKD 44,000
14th Jiu Bin Cui – China – HKD 44,000
15th Ian Brion – Philippines – HKD 44,000
16th Tom Alner – England – HKD 38,000
17th Zhang Ying Dean – China – HKD 38,000
18th Tetsuya Tsuchikawa – Japan – HKD 38,000
Article by Triccia David