Paul Hockin takes the APT Cebu title out of the Asian Continent

Paul Hockin from New Zealand with the APT Cebu Trophy. Image Courtesy: APT
Paul Hockin from New Zealand with the APT Cebu Trophy. Image Courtesy: APT

A victory for Paul Hockin  at the Main Event Finals of the Asian Poker Tour(APT) Asian Series Cebu meant that the title went out of the Asian continent once again. The poker player from New Zealand who had started the FT in the seventh place with a weak stack of 460,000 chips overcame a huge disadvantage and finally prevailed taking the APT Cebu trophy as well as the top prize of PHP 3,235,000.

The All-In Poker Club at Cebu saw heightened activity and great enthusiasm as it was the first time in the history of the Main Event at Cebu that two female poker players made it to the final table. In fact one of them Mo Yong Wei also led the FT with a huge stack of 1,317,000 chips. The other lady brightening the felt was Bernadette Lina but none could make the final cut. Wei exit in 4th place while Lina went down in 5th place.

But in the end it was a battle of the shorter stacks as Hockin, Azusa Maeda and Ivan Zalac went into a 3 way battle. Hockin and Maeda had started the final table with less than half a million chips while Zalac started comfortably with 1,263,000 chips. Hockin who was entering the first Main event of an APT Event faced heads -up action with Maeda. The final hand saw Maeda going all in with   d9d10 and Hockin made the call with just  hks10. The dealer tabled s1 c4d6hj c5which was in the New Zealander’s favour giving him his first APT title on debut. Maeda’s runner-up finish earned him PHP 1,881,000.

The Final Table Results of the APT Cebu Main event are:

Rank Name Country Prize(PHP)
1 Paul Hockin New Zealand  3,235,000
2  Azusa Maeda Japan  1,188,100
3  Ivan Zalac Australia  1,267,000 
4 Mo Yong Wei China 894,000 
5 Bernadette Lina  Philippines 720,000 
6 Do Hoang Anh  Vietnam 574,000 
7 Stephen Miles  England 454,000 
8 Sun Tan  Malaysia 360,000 


The complete results of all events of APT Cebu are as below:

Event No Event Name Winner Country
1 NLH Multi Rebuy+Addon Event Paul Yu Philippines
3 Mix Game PLH / PLO event Euryd Rivera Philippines
4 High Rollers Event Kosei Ichinose Japan
5 DafaPoker Head Hunter Event Yuen Shan Chui Hong Kong
6 Ladies of Poker Event Michael Falcon Denmark
  Main Event Paul Hockin New Zealand 
7 No Limit Hold’em  N.A  
8 DafaPoker PLO Hi Adam Monaghan   
9 Deep Stack turbo Masahiko Sugisaka  
10 FulPot Poker NLHE Lester Edoc Philippines
11 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo Percy Yung Hong Kong
12 Heads Up 64 Max Andrew Gaw Philippines
13 MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo C H Lee South Korea
14 6 Handed  Tuan Nguyen Anh Vietnam
  Data Compiled by OPN