|Apr 12 - 15, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em -APPT Main Event (Event #13)
PokerStars Live, Incheon
Chinese player Xing Biao Zhu may well be the fastest rising Asian player of 2018. At the end of February, just two months into the year, Zhu already piled in 18 cashes with no signs of slowing down. In March, he bumped that up to 19, winning one of the side events at the Manila Super Series 6. Zhu is currently the 2018 worldwide race leader for number of cashes. One of his main goals this year is to capture the PokerStars Asia Player of the Year title.
Emerging into the live scene in 2016, Xing Biao Zhu was just another aspiring Chinese player in the vast live tournament arena. He posted three light cashes for the entire year amounting to a combined total of US$6,000. Little did the everyone know, that was just a small preview of what was to come. Those first few scores paled in comparison to his stats the following year.
In 2017, Zhu went on attack mode racking up 43 cashes, all collected in various parts of Asia. His first victory was in April at the PokerStars Championships Macau HK$1,500 Knockout event for HK$69,000. Days after, he nearly captured a second title, placing 2nd at the Win the Button event for HK$74,300.
April continued to be a fantastic month for Zhu, earning four more cashes which included his largest live score to-date of US$36,925 at the WPT Beijing Main Event. He finished in 8th place.
In July, Zhu shipped in another five-figure payout after winning the KRW330,000 PokerStars Open event in Incheon, Korea. He earned KRW19,607,000 (~US$17,000). He also ran deep at the festival’s Main Event, collecting KRW8,670,000 (US$7,713) for 9th place.
During the last quarter of the year, Zhu was extra fueled, accumulating a total of 23 cashes. In September, he earned a sizable payout of HK$164,000 (~US$21,000) at the Macau Poker Cup HK$25K NLH event; placed 4th at the ACOP Closeout Spadie event for HK$98,600 (~US$12,600) in October; took 2nd at the Manila Megastack Single Day High Roller for Php656,000 (~US$13,000) in December; then closed out his year back in homeland with a few small cashes at the inaugural WSOP China.
While 2017 was a big year for Zhu, earning roughly around US$189K, 2018 looks to be an even bigger one. Two months in and he has already earned US$29,245 with his 18 cashes. He opened the year with a small victory at the ACOP HK$2,500 Knockout event followed by numerous small cashes in Macau and the Philippines. His latest victory was at the Manila Super Series P3,000 NLH Turbo event.
At the time of writing, he was spotted at the APPT Macau where he finished 26th at the Kickoff event. This brings him to 20 total cashes in 2018. With the APOY title as his primary target, Zhu intends to play all of the PokerStars events in Asia.
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