|Nov 23 - 24, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em - Main Event (Event #2)
Asia Open Poker Tour, Incheon
Alan King Lun Lau from Hong Kong has been playing seriously in the live poker circuit since 2013 with his first cash earning being recorded as a 4th place finish in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Macau Dafapoker Deepstack Turbo event.
Although 2014 was a slow year for Lau, the year 2015 was when the community truly saw his latent talent for the game of poker. Despite not really making it to the top 10 places of the events he participated in, Lau was consistently making it In-The-Money.
In March 2015, Lau caught the attention of the community when he placed 2nd at the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) HK$ 4,000 No Limit Hold’em – 6-Max Event taking home his first 5-figure win of US$12,114. This was followed by another 2nd place finish at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) 9 HK$3,000 No Limit Holdem (NLH) Event for US$ 11,674.
In July 2015, he won the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$5,500 NLH Megastack Event and won US$ 15,201. In August 2015, at the MPC Baby Dragon Event, he was 1 spot away from taking home the coveted Red Dragon trophy, earning US$ 35,185 by being the runner-up. In between these months, Lau was steadily putting himself in cash positions.
As such, at the end of 2015 PokerStars awarded him the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) which was contested by KC Wong who questioned the calculation of the point system of the leaderboard. Despite Wong‘s challenge, the decision of PokerStars to award Lau the APOY stood.
The year 2016 once again showed Lau‘s penchant for making money but not taking home any trophies. For that year, Lau could only show 2 5-figure finishes, namely, a 3rd place finish for US$ 18,553 at the ACOP Main Event and a 6th place standing for US$19,820 at the APPT Manila Main Event.
But Lau‘s luck seems to finally turn around in 2017. With just a couple of months into the new year, Lau has finally started taking home some trophies.
On Feb 2017, Lau won the MPC HK$10,000 No Limit Holdem Event for US$ 33,751. More importantly, in the same festival, Lau triumphed over the largest field for a freezeout tournament in Asia with 1,216 entries at the MPC Red Dragon Main Event. He not only won the coveted Red Dragon trophy but also won his biggest cash earning of US$420,674. Due to this victory, Lau took the lead in the 2017 Asia Player of the Year leaderboard.
In August 2016, after winning the Macau Poker Cup 27 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em Event for HK$187,000 (approx. US$24.000), Lau was once again in strong contention for first place in the APOY 2017. He lost the lead in the APOY to Sparrow Cheung during the PokerStars Festival Manila when the latter exhibited a superb performance during the event.
At the Macau Poker Cup 27 held on August 2017, Lau proved victorious in 2 events, namely, the 6-Handed NLH Event for US$23,950 and the HK$3,000 NLH Event for US$ 15,579.
Two months after that, Lau took down the PokerStars Manila Super Series Main Event for more than US$100,000. This has cemented further his contention for the APOY 2017 leaderboard.
In October of 2017, Alan Lau has once again won the APOY 2017 making the first time to have won the much coveted trophy twice. The deal was sealed when he triumphed at the 2017 ACOP Main Event, taking home a whopping US$692,066 as cash prize. This victory has also made Lau the very first player who has won both the Red Dragon and the ACOP Main Event in the same year.
Read more about Asian Poker Players
- October 29, 2017: Alan Lau grabs ACOP Main Event title and becomes first-ever two-time APOY champion
- February 18, 2017: MPC 26: Alan Lau wins the Red Dragon for HK$3,2M
- July 23, 2016: ACOP Platinum Series XIV Main Event – Day 2 Chip Counts
- November 19, 2015: Asia Player of the Year Debate
Cover Photo Long Guan courtesy of PokerStars