|Jan 12 - 13, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
PokerStars Live, Macau
Park Yu “Sparrow” Cheung is a Hong Kong national and he has been a dedicated live tournament player for quite some time now. He has posted many cashes through each year from 2010 onwards. Alongside his impressive results, he also holds the distinction of being chairman of the Hong Kong Poker Players Association (HKPPA.)
Sparrow Cheung began his live tournament career in April 2010, and recorded his first serious cash in May, when he finished 23rd in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau Main Event for USD$11,474. November led to an even larger cash, when he finished 5th place in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Macau Main Event for USD$39,089.
Three victories in the APT side events followed in the early part of 2011. All this happened before a 15th place finish in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) USD$1,500 Holdem event which netted Cheung a further USD$29,300. November of 2011 saw him take another 15th place finish, but this time in the APPT Macau Main Event for USD$15,983.
The summer of 2012 led to a 4th place result in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon High Roller, adding another USD$13,663 to Cheung‘s list of cashes. This was quickly followed by an 8th place outcome in a Deep Stack Extravaganza Event in Las Vegas. He took home USD$13,568 for his efforts.
Cheung took down The High Roller Event at APT Jeju in 2013 and won USD$20,100. A month after, he made the final table with a 3rd place result at the Macau Poker Cup HK$1 Million Guaranteed Event and took home USD$39,583.
November 2014 led to an excellent win at the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Festival and a cash prize of USD$61,228. Although consistently performing in the tournaments he participated in, his next significant victory was in April 2015 where he stood victorious in the ACOP Platinum Series VIII No Limit Event, winning USD$29,496 for 1st place.
The year 2016 was full of final table results for Cheung. Cheung started the year with 2 final tables in the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Festival – namely, 5th place at the No Limit Holdem Accumulator Event for USD$20,423 and 4th place at the No Limit Holdem Shot Clock 6-Max Event for USD$28,336. In April 2016, Cheung won the APT High Roller Event for USD$28,300. Then in July, he proved his skills with the whole world watching when he placed 6th at the 47th World Series of Poker (WSOP) WSOP.com Online Event for USD$46,201. He ended the year with a victory in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Super Hyper Turbo Event and won USD$13,993.
Despite this phenomenal performance, the spotlight was truly placed on Cheung in 2017. Just a month into the year, he made another final table. He placed 3rd in the 2017 Aussie Millions Australian Hall of Fame Event for USD$11,155. In July, however, was when he made his biggest cash to date – Cheung won the Macau Poker Cup HKD50,000 No Limit Event and earned USD$126,503. The following events he participated in paled in comparison to this event.
But that does not mean that his performance was the lesser. As a matter of fact, Cheung‘s consistent appearance in final tables has made him the leader of PokerStar’s Asia Player of the Year (APOY) as of August 2017. Further, as the year has not ended, he may just break Jack Wu’s record of 23 final tables during Pokerstars‘ 2016 Season. He currently has made it to 19 final tables for PokerStars’ 2017 season.
All in all, Sparrow Cheung has been a prolific tournament player in recent years, with consistently strong results. He is certainly one of the strongest live tournament players in Asia.
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- MARCH 3, 2017: GPI POY – Hong Kong’s Alan Lau and Sparrow Cheung Move Into the Top 10
- FEBRUARY 14, 2017: MPC 26 Highlights: Chen, Aido, Cheung win Trophies. Lin Defeated
- JULY 12, 2016: WSOP Update: Sparrow Cheung finishes 6th in the $1K Online Event
- JULY 7, 2016: Fan, Cheung, Kihara, and other Asian players at the WSOP 2016
- DECEMBER 3, 2015: A quick chat with HKPPA’s Chairman Sparrow Cheung
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