Alexandre Chieng comes from behind to take 2013 APPT Macau

Alexandre Chieng
Alexandre Chieng

Alexandre Chieng came from behind to take down the 2013 APPT Macau Main Event and win HKD 2,165,000. He overcame the large stack of Day 4 chip leader Kenneth Leong who was on top of the final table. Leong finished second after leading for a long time and won HKD 1,390,000.

Leong had been crippled long time back before entering heads up action and didn’t last long going into one on one play with Chieng. It was only six hands that took Chieng to become champion and win heads up over Leong. Alexandre Chieng became the first Chinese poker player to win an APPT Main event. This is the seventh season of APPT underway and only the first Chinese champion. Chieng won topping a field of 388 poker players to win his first career title. 

The first to exit from the final table was also the most experienced Asian player on the table. Trung Tran was seventh in chip stack entering the final table but exit first and won HKD 173,180 for his effort. Jay Tan, the only female on the table and also the weakest going into Day 5 was next to hit the rails and won HKD 238,000 for his eight place finish. Hao Tian was also a weak stack and exit next followed soon by Shuyang Yu. Nan Hong put up some resistance before he went off in fifth place and Dinesh Alt who was also in a comfortable space entering the final table finished in fourth place and was richer by 606,000.

Ting Long was in fifth place when players took their seats at the final table managed a third place finish getting himself HKD 779,000 in the meanwhile. APPT action now moves to New Zealand as the SkyCity in Queenstown will play host to poker pros from July 30-Aug 4 this year.