China’s Zhou Yueyang entered the Final 8 running third in chips, proceeded to eliminate five players to seize the last APT Main Event title of 2019. This was Zhou’s first-ever live victory. He was awarded the APT Main Event champion’s trophy, the APT Championship Ring, and a large payday of NT$ 2,138,200 (~US$ 70,000).
“I feel amazing! This is my first time in Taiwan and I came to play the Main Event.”
The NT$ 33,000 buy-in Main Event drew 319 entries to partner / host venue Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association for a prize pool of NT$ 9,282,900 (~US$ 304,000). The money flowed in Day 3. The bigger cuts were claimed today. The final race streamed live and has been uploaded on APT Twitch and APT YouTube. We also have a recap below.
Final 8 payouts
1st Zhou Yueyang – China – NT$ 2,138,200
2nd Hsiao Yun Yang – Taiwan – NT$ 1,425,500
3rd Takao Shimizu – Japan – NT$ 991,000
4th Hwang Sang Yeon – Hong Kong SAR – NT$ 715,800
5th Luke Kuang Hung Lee – Taiwan – NT$ 535,300
6th Hsu Piying – Taiwan – NT$ 413,100
7th Jeff Davis – USA – NT$ 328,100
8th Lau King Lun Alan – Hong Kong SAR – NT$ 267,300
Final 8 recap
Action got underway with Hsu Piying aka Billy (seat 2) quickly doubling up through second chip leader Hsiao Yun Yang (seat 1) with K♣ K♠ full house. This bumped up his short stack to 20 bbs. Hong Kong pro Lau King Lun Alan (seat 3) was not as fortunate. He three-bet all in with K♦ Q♠, got called by initial raiser Hwang Sang Yeon (chip leader) with A♦ 7♣, then missed the board to exit first in 8th place.
Zhou Yueyang (seat 4) claimed his first victim by denying USA’s Jeff Davis (seat 6) in 7th place. Davis had K♥ Q♥, Zhou dominated with A♦ 9♣, the board 8♠ 5♥ Q♠ A♣ 4♣. Joining to the rail was Billy who shoved with K♣ 10♣ on a flop 9♣ 4♣ K♠ but chip leader Hwang delivered the bad news with K♥ Q♦ higher kicker. The turn 5♦ and river K♦ ended Billy in 6th place. Hwang shipped it and amassed a monster lead.
Lee swings at five-handed
Five-handed ran for 3.5 hours. During that time, Luke Kuang Hung Lee (seat 5) landed two double ups to bring his stack to fighting form. He won a flip against Hsiao with A♥ Q♣ pairing the ace to overtake pocket sixes. Several hands later, he banged heads with Hwang and caught a lucky one card flush to climb to second ran. Lee had A♥ Q♦, Hwang A♣ K♥, the cards spread K♦ 8♦ 7♣ 4♦ 10♦.
With Hwang and Hsiao taking hits, Takao Shimizu (seat 8) took the lead winning pots with hardly a showdown. Lee pressed on by winning a big pot holding A♣ J♦ against Zhou K♠ Q♦. Zhou triple barreled on a board 2♠ 3♠ 6♣ 2♣ A♥, Lee called it down. This sent Zhou down the totem pole alongside Hwang.
However, Lee’s rise was put to a stop. Hsiao retaliated from his earlier loss and doubled up with A♦ A♠ to Lee’s K♠ 7♣. Lee continued to head south then met Zhou again to end his run in 5th place. Zhou A♥ 6♠, Lee Q♦ 10♥, the flop granted Lee a pair but it didn’t hold. The board was 2♠ 10♣ 9♠ 7♦ A♦ for a higher pair rivered by Zhou.
Zhou rushes to triumph
Immediately after, Hwang bit the bullet in 4th place. He was all in with A♣ 6♠, challenged by Zhou with J♥ 10♠, the board ran K♥ 4♥ 9♠ J♠ 2♦. Three remaining, Hsiao doubled up his short stack through Shimizu with A♦ J♥ over 8♠ 6♠ on a board 4♦ 9♠ A♠ 7♣ 3♣. Then Shimizu bumped the rail in 3rd place with A♥ 8♠ running into Zhou’s A♣ A♦.
Entering heads up, Zhou had a near 10:1 chip lead. Hsiao doubled up twice with the second one a gorgeous straight flush. Hsiao 7♣ 5♣, Zhou A♠ 8♥, the run out 8♣ 4♣ 5♦ A♥ 6♣. Two hands later, it was all over. Zhou limped, Hsiao checked. Hsiao triple barreled the board A♣ Q♦ 3♥ 10♣ 2♦. Zhou shoved on the river. Hsiao tanked then called for his tournament life with Q♣ 3♠ two pair. Zhou had him with A♠ Q♠ higher two pair.
Congratulations to Zhou Yueyang! He captured the last APT Main Event title of 2019 and his largest-ever live score! He jumped to the lead in the APT Player of the Series race.