Vladimir Geshkenbein wins ACOP Main Event

The Asia Championship of Poker Main Event has ended with Vladimir Geschkenbein taking down HKD$5,643,000 (approx USD$727,331), a Spadie trophy and the bragging rights of being the only poker player to have both a European Poker Tour (EPT) and Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) title.

Vladimir Geschkenbein (Photo Kenneth Lim,  Courtesy of PokerStars)

As changes are happening in PokerStars Live events, this is the last of the ACOP that Asia will ever experience. And being the last, it is just appropriate that it goes down in history with a breaking record.

The Main Event which guaranteed HKD$15,000,000 (approx. USD$2Million) for a buy in of HKD$100,000 (approx. USD$13,000) had the biggest field for the Main Event with 302 participants playing on the felt. Players from all over the world really flew in to play this historic event and Geshkenbein, who’s normally seen in the European circuits, was definitely one of them.

More: ACOP Final 6: Battle of Stars on the Main Event Final Table

Like the day prior where stacks changed hands quickly, the final 6 had the same incident happening with Neel Murphy who went into the day as the shortest stack finding himself heads up with Geshkenbein. Initially, Murphy had a 3:1 lead against the Russian at which point deals were offered. But Geshkenbein decided to get enough chips to make the stack equal enough to have leverage in the deal making. In the end, the 2 players decided to chop with HKD$500,000, the trophy and the glory to fight for.

Final 9 payouts
1 – Vladimir Geshkenbein:  HKD$5,643,000*
2 – Neel Murphy: HKD$5,143,000*
3 – Kahle Burns: HKD$2,662,000
4 – Jimmy Zhou: $2,101,000
5 – Shinobu Tanaka: $1,541,000
6 – Bryan Huang: $1,261,000

David Peters Leads the ACOP High Roller final nine

Final 9 (Photo Kenneth Lim, Courtesy of PokerStars)

The High Roller Event, which has a buy-in of HKD$250,000 (approx. USD$32,000) was happening simultaneously as the Main Event and is now down to the Final 9 players out of a field of 62.  Leading the pack into the final table is David Peters who won a WSOP Bracelet this year for the $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #56).  Yaxi Zhu is also the only Team PokerStars Pro in this final table.

Final 9 – Seat Draw

Seat 1: Artem Metalidi – 3,180,000
Seat 2: Roman Korenev– 550,000
Seat 3: Yaxi Zhu – 620,000
Seat 4: Shunu Zang – 1,005,000
Seat 5: Yaqi Sun – 2,070,000
Seat 6: Paul Newey – 730,000
Seat 7: Daniel Dvoress – 1,130,000
Seat 8: Leo Yan Ho Cheng – 1,930,000
Seat 9: David Peters – 6,535,000

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Article by Gabrielle Barredo

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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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