2015 ACOP Main Event: 23 players left, Connor Drinan chip leader

The third day of this gripping ACOP Main Event began with 65 players pulling up a chair and readying themselves for the trials ahead. Day 3 has now come to a close, and we are left with a mere 23 players, all of them in the money. The herd has been thinned, recreational and pro alike, but there are still interesting stories woven into the fabric of the field that remains.


We have seen a number of notable pros survive today, along with some who have fallen by the wayside. Andrew Gaw is no longer in contention, and the same can be said for Isaac Haxton, and former big stacks Zhengye Yao and Yasuhiro Ojiri. Erik Seidel has also now busted, along with Adrian Brion, and Bryan Huang.


In terms of survivors, we still have the ACOP High Roller champion from last year, Steve O'Dwyer. Sticking with High Roller specialists, Christoph Vogelsang remains very much in contention too. Connor Drinan is no stranger to big buy in events either, having busted out of the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop event, with pocket aces against pocket aces. He is our chip leader going into day 4. In other notable news, Raymond Wu (163,000) remains in the field at the end of the day, as does Mikhail Shalamov (100,000).

Connor Drinan

Connor Drinan is chip leader (Phot Kenneth Lim – Courtesy PokerStars)

KC Wong , Yuguang Li and the battle for the APOY title

It should also be mentioned that with this event, and those remaining in the ACOP festival, we will see the final accumulation of points which will decide the Asian Player of the Year title. To add some spice to that fact, KC Wong is still alive in this event with 169,000 chips, and although Yuguang Li has been on the ropes a little compared to yesterday, he still has the ammunition to fight for the title tomorrow, with 249,000. KC Wong occupied 2nd place in the APOY race before this event, close on the heels of the leader, Alan King Lun Lau. Yuguang Li is a little further adrift in 4th, but still in the race with a serious chance to win if he makes it to the final table. 

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The end of day chip counts are as follows:

– 1st Connor Drinan – 861,000
– 2nd Yat Wai Cheng – 835,000
– 3rd Patrick Mahoney – 820,000
– 4th Qi Luo – 515,000
– 5th Paul Tedeschi – 490,000
– 6th Sergey Lebedev – 486,000
– 7th Shanu Zang – 443,000
– 8th Tom Alner – 341,000
 – 9th Zhou Zhou – 334,000
– 10th Nan Tu – 293,000
– 11th Guoliang Wei – 260,000
– 12th Xixiang Luo – 258,000
– 13th Victor Hon – 250,000
– 14th Yuguang Li – 249,000
– 15th Christoph Vogelsang – 228,000
– 16th Thomas Ward – 195,000
– 17th Steve O'Dwyer – 174,000
– 18th Ka Cheong Wong – 169,000
– 19th Raymond Wu – 163,000
– 20th Russell Thomas – 141,000
– 21st Matthew Wakeman – 126,000
– 22nd Mikhail Shalamov – 100,000
– 23rd Hsien Kui Yang – 82,000

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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