After 4 days of thrilling poker battle at the “PokerStars LIVE Macau” poker room, the Final Table is set in the Main Event of 2014 Asia Championship of Poker. Last year’s champion Sunny Jung looks all set to claim the title again this year as he leads the final table of 9 players with 1,810,000 chips after defeating a huge field of players in 4 days of play.
Jung had won the ACOP Main event title in 2013 with the massive first place prize of HK$4,752,000. If he succeeds to win the ACOP title tomorrow, he would become first to do so and will inscribe his name in poker history books for achieving such a feat in international tournament.
Ami Barer, one of the most experienced players on the final table is giving stiff competition to the defending champion Jung. Barer who won the 2014 Aussie Millions for AU$1.6 million is holding the 2nd place in chip count with 1,766,000 chips. Other big stack players in the hunt of the grand spadie are Konstantin Pogodin (1,165,000), Gabriel Le Jossec (1,025,000) and Joseph Cheong (1,027,000) who finished in the 5th place ACOP Super High Roller this week. Gabriel Le Jossec of USA hadn’t expected to make it so far and told OPN that he hadn’t even booked his hotel.
Earlier on Day 4 of the main event, 24 players returned for the play. Instead of a great tussle of poker tactics, the poker tables witnessed quick eliminations in a row which stopped only after the Final 9 remained. Yaxi “Yvonne” Zhu was one of the two ladies returning on Day 4 with Celina Lin. Zhu started in the chip lead position but fell short of the title by hitting the rail in 12th spot. The two-time Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon champion, Lin also missed to make it to the final table but bagged HK$270,000 before busting out.
Bodo Sbrzesny was the most unfortunate on Day 4 as he got eliminated in the 10th place against Barer’s King-high straight. Byron Kaverman (24th), Kai Yat Fam (19th), Sorel Mizzi (18th) and Dimitar Danchev (16th) were other to join the rail.
|Seat Position||Player||Country||Chip Count|
|1||Zuo ‘ST’ Wang||China||504,000|
|4||Raiden Kan||Hong Kong||488,000|
|8||Gabriel Le Jossec||UK||1,025,000|
The final table battle will kick off tomorrow, 8th November and all 9 players will have an eagle’s eye on HK$6,300,000 top prize.
While Aditya Sushant finished 17th in Event 9 ACOP Warm up to cash HKD 77,200, he then teamed up with Kavish Kukreja in the Teams Event to finish in 5th place for India. Amit Jain took down the 7th place with HKD 4,800 in a $1K buying side event. In the Main Event Shashank Jain just about managed to hold on to the money bubble to cash HKD 202,000 in 28th place.
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