156 players advance to Main Event Day 2; Chui and Okada win side event trophies

The Asian Poker Tour Finale Macau 2016 recorded its highest Main Event turnout of the year with a massive 273 entrants for its combined entry flights at the Crystal Palace in Casino Lisboa. With a buy-in of HKD11,000, the overall prize pool grew to a very juicy HKD2,620,800 (US$337,760) with the eventual winner due to take home the HKD647,300 first place cash prize.

APT Executive Tournament Director, Lloyd Fontillas, expressed, “I am very pleased to see so much support for our final event of the year. We were able to post up a good number of entries for the Main Event despite having announced this event less than four weeks to go. It’s great to be back in Macau and we are looking forward to having more events here in 2017.”

Advancing into Day 2 were 156 players – 51 from Day 1A and 105 from Day 1B – with Singapore’s Terminator T as the overall chip leader with 449,000. As the leader entering Day 2, Terminator T will be privileged to his own VIP table with two liquor bottles of his choice at the APT Player of the Year Party on Thursday, December 15th at Divino. Terminator T’s closest competitor was Day 1B chip leader, Korea’s Saehoon Lee with 293,200 in chips. Incidentally, Lee qualified on both starting days but only his largest stack will advance.

The Main Event also saw 70 players qualify for the Main Event Bubble Protection with 36 of them still in the running. We will be posting live updates of Day 2 in the website. You can keep track of some of that action and view all the chip counts in the Live Updates page of the event.

Day 2 begins promptly at 1pm. Players will compete for another eight rounds. The money round starts at 36 places.

Side Events Today

In addition to the Main Event, there are two side events also heating up the floor. The No Limit Holdem 2 gets underway at 2pm. Buy-in is HKD4,400. By early evening, the Deep Stack Turbo 1 takes to the felt with an entry fee of HKD1,100. Cards start flying at 6pm.

China’s Chui Yuen Shan takes control of the No Limit Hold’em 1 Day Event

NLH 1 Day Event Champion, Hazel Chui

Yesterday, the No Limit Hold’em 1 Day Event ran alongside the main with 38 entries for a prize pool of HKD73,700. Initially, only five players would see a payout but at six-handed, a deal was struck with all of them ensured a payout. Cruising into first place was Chui Yuen Shan, the only female player remaining. Chui cradled a very large stack throughout the day and brought it with her all the way to the finish line. The final hand saw her ship it in after defeating Wu Xi Chen’s A-4 off suit with K Q connecting on a board of Q 5 8 2 J.

1st Chui Yuen Shan – China – HKD 26,600
2nd Wu Xi Chen – HKD15,000
3rd Ma Qiang – China – HKD10,000
4th Alistain Chen – China – HKD7.500
5th Cheng Xiong – USA – HKD7.400
6th Lavar Watkins – USA – HKD7,400

Japan’s Ken Okada wins the WeLoveSport.com Deep Stack Turbo

WLS Deep Stack Turbo Champion, Ken Okada

The WeLoveSport.com Deep Stack Turbo heated up the room with 80 entrants joining the fast-paced tournament for a prize pool of HKD58,200. The money round began at 9 places with Filipino player Patrick Jolas Guerrero claiming the first payout. With nonstop action continuing to drive the players at every hand, the rest began to fall rapidly until there were three players remaining. When Japan’s Jun Funabashi found himself all in against compatriot Ken Okada, the former was eliminated by Okada’s set of nines.

The heads up round between Hong Kong’s Alan King Lun Lau and Okada was just as quick with Lau all in on the third hand. Okada called with A 5 while Lau had J 4. The board ran 5 5 10 Q 8, and with his trips, Okada won the HKD16,200 first place cash and the event trophy.

1st Ken Okada – Japan – HKD16,200
2nd Alan King Lun Lau – Hong Kong – HKD10,000
3rd Jun Funabashi – Japan – HKD7,300
4th Manuel Ricardi – HKD5,600
5th Sheng Jiang – HKD4,900
6th Ion Sang Song – HKD4,200
7th Yun So Choi – HKD3,700
8th Hyungmoon Jin – HKD3,300
9th Patrick Guerrero – HKD3,000

You can view all the payouts in the Events&Results tab of the website under the APT Finale Macau 2016 link.