Daniel Gilles is First-Ever APT Noumea Main Event Champion

After five days of Main Event action at the Asian Poker Tour Noumea 2016 held at the Casinos De Noumea in New Caledonia, Main Event Day 3 chip leader Daniel Gilles outlasted the Final 8 showdown to capture the XPF 3,402,300 first place purse, the championship title, and the APT Championship Ring.

Heads up round: Joel Douaglin vs. Daniel Gilles

The heads up round began with Joel Douaglin holding close to 600,000 more in chips compared to Gilles stack of 1,142,000. It would be a drawn out battle as chips moved back and forth between them. But in the last several hands, Gilles began chipping away at Douaglin’s stack after a series of showdowns.

The winning moment saw Gilles make it 120,000 to go preflop. Douaglin then announced all in with an instant call from Gilles. We were off to the races as it would be a classic battle of over cards against a pocket pair:

Gilles A J
Douaglin 9 9

The flop of 10 4 2 gave Gilles more outs along with the 5 on the turn. Then it was the 3 that completed the runner-runner, one card gut shot straight for Daniel!

APT Noumea 2016 Main Event Awarding Ceremony with (from right to left) Casinos De Noumea’s General Manager Alain Mathieu, and President Director General Maxim Chassot with APT Noumea 2016 Main Event Champion Daniel Gilles

Congratulations to New Caledonia’s Daniel Gilles for his big victory at the APT Noumea 2016 Main Event!

You can relive the action of the Final 8 in the APT Noumea 2016 Main Event Live Stream page.

Main Event Final 8 Payouts
1st Daniell Gilles (New Caledonia) – XPF 3,402,300
2nd Joel Douaglin (Vanuatu) – XPF 1,990,800
3rd Zhing Wen Chen (China) – XPF 1,378,000
4th Joseph Cona (New Caledonia) – XPF 1,005,000
5th Eric Mottet (New Caledonia) – XPF 832,200
6th Sophie Auger (New Caledonia) – XPF 685,800
7th Yuen Kwong Lau (New Caledonia) – XPF 565,900
8th Vincent Nguyen (New Caledonia) – XPF 472,200

There is no lack of action as the APT Noumea 2016 closes out today with the continuation of both the High Rollers and Freezeout events. And to end the festivities is the Hyper Turbo Event with a special bounty in the field!