ACOP Platinum Series XI
The Main Event for this series saw a large number of regular names from the Asian circuit buying in for HK$5,500 ($709) to take their shot at glory. The field size grew to 228, which is a decent size for this type of event, and an appetising HK$1,028,394 ($132,699) prize pool was created. Lante Zhang eventually stood triumphant when the last pot had been pushed, taking home HK$251,900 ($32,000) for his hard work.
Further headlines were made outside of the Main Event, when KC Wong catapulted himself to the top of the Asian Player of the Year standings with a victory in a HK$1,000 event, followed up with an other win in a HK$2,500 KO Bounty Event. These results cap an excellent showing by Wong this series, and should help move him further up the Hong Kong all time money list. His latest results come just 2 months after he picked up one of his biggest ever cashes (USD$17,219) in a High Roller event at the APPT Manila. Wong also won over USD$15,000 for a 1st place in a side event at APPT Seoul in April, and took another 1st place in a side event at APPT 9 in Macau during May. These victories are accompanied by numerous final tables in what is quickly becoming a stellar year for KC Wong.
KC Wong won two ACOP Platinum side events (Photo PokerStars)
Celina Lin was another familiar name running deep this series, as she made 2 final tables, finishing a creditable 4th and 7th place. She won over HK$80,000 for the two results combined, which is a little over USD$10,000. An extremely popular player on tour, Lin has a multitude of big results to her name, and sits 11th on the all time money list for China.
Indian Poker Championship
October saw the return of the Indian Poker Championship, which has become the leading tournament series in a country where interest in poker is slowly growing. The Main Event was of course the big event that players had been waiting for, and 219 showed up to play, which was a relatively good turnout. Normally a cash game enthusiast, Amar Reddy will be glad he decided to enter this particular tournament, as managed to navigate his way through the entire field to take down 1st place and INR 13.5 Lakhs ($20,796).
In addition to this, the schedule for the next IPC has already been put together and released to the public. Even will take place from Nov 29 to Dec 6 and will include 8 days of play, including a number of side events, along with the Main Event.
Amar Reddy won the IPC Main Event (Photo Poker Guru)
Upcoming Events in October
Vietnam Poker Cup 2: After a successful first instalment of the Vietnam Poker Cup, this exciting new series is confirmed to make it’s return for VPC 2. The event will once again be hosted by the Ho Tram poker room, between the 16th and 18th of October. As with any new series, affordable buy ins help the initial growth and attract recreational players, and participants will find great value in the USD$550 buy in for the Main Event. For those who like their buy ins a little steeper, there is a USD$1,100 High Roller scheduled too. In addition to these, there is a smaller welcome event on day 1, and a USD$275 Deep Stack Turbo to round things off at the end of day 3.
Php 1m guarantee: Pokerstars Live Manila is also eagerly awaited, and is scheduled to take place between October 21st -25th . An exciting array of tournaments will punctuate an interesting schedule, the centre piece of which will be the P1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, which will see day 1A begin on Friday the 23rd and day 1B on Saturday the 24th .
APT Cambodia: If those great upcoming events aren’t enough to satisfy your tournament cravings for October, there is also the APT Cambodia series kicking off on October 20th and running until October 28th . There are plenty of great tournaments on the schedule, with a USD$1,100 Main Event and a USD$2,500 High Roller event crowning what promises to be a great series. To add a little extra excitement to proceedings, Somuchpoker have put forward a promotion for APT Cambodia that will see a player winning their Main Event seat for free!
Article by Craig B. Cover picture by PokerStars