Kenny Wong took the 2014 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Platinum Series IV winning US$ 36,638 at the PokerStars Live City of Dreams in Macau over the Easter weekend. Wong outlasted 273 other entrants, including Ziyang Zhao in the heads-up play to win the event.
While the prize is not large in tournament poker, especially when compared to Wong’s million dollars win for his runner-up performance at the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event. But this event was important to Wong for a different reason; it signaled his arrival in the poker scene as his first tournament cash win in 2014.
The fourth and final event of ACOP IV, KO Bounty event of HK$ 2,500 (US$320) was taken by Min Yi. Yi came out on top of the 127 player field after a full day of play and took home a US$5,868 prize for the stellar performance. The cash was Yi’s second in the ACOP Platinum Series IV who also came 22nd in theMain Event for a tune ofUS$1,586 cash prize.
The first ACOP IV event was the Pot Limit Omaha Deep Stack eventwith a HK$1,000 (US$130). Daren Yoon emerged as the winner out of 123 players winning US$3,598. Yoon beat Scott Foster in the heads-up play while Bengt Stefan Svandang took out the third spot.
The second ACOP IV event was a HK$1,500 (US$195) Deepstack No Limit Hold’em event which was won by Shingo Cho. This 2013 Cebu winner took on a field of 219 players to collect his winnings in the tune of US$8,872. Jia Miao came in third, leaving the second spot for Sam Wu.
This event has helped build anticipation for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau, which is set to take place next month. Participants from across the globe will set foot in Macau to try their hand in the HK$25,000 (US$3,225) Main Event.