2016 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP): Major Highlights & Winners from Various Events

Asia’s most prestigious tournament, ACOP ( Asia Championship of Poker) is underway from 28th October and the action will continue through November 13 this month at the ‘PokerStars LIVE Macaupoker room. The biggest and richest festival in Asia saw many winners and eliminations over the last few days. Here, we bring up the top stories of the winners of various events at the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker ( ACOP):


China’s Shaoming Li Claims First Spadie at 1M GTD; Raghav Bansal Finishes in 4th place

China’s Shaoming Li emerged as the star of opening 1M GTD event of the ACOP last week. He defeated several pros and a field of 565 to claim his first Spadie for HKD 428,130. India’s Raghav Bansal also played the event. He finished in the 4th place, taking home HKD 125,680. His fourth place finish pushed him on to the second position on the Regional ‘Asia Player of the Year’ (APOY) for India. In the side event of the ACOP, it was Chi Hie Sung, who won the HKD 2,500 event, winning HKD 39,065 in the prize money.

Yuki Ko & Gerald Karlic Win Their First Spadies in PLO & Knockout Championships, while Mike Takayama Shines in Side Event

The fifth day of the 2016 ACOP saw Korea’s Yuki Ko wining $15,000 PLO Championship for HKD 193,800. It was his first Spadie. Early this year, the Korean player won the AUD 1,150 PLO event at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship. It was also a good time for the Mexican player Gerald Karlic as well. He won the $11,000 Knockout Championship for HKD 241,800. The 24 year-old player outlasted 120 runners to claim the Knockout Championship title for HKD 241,800, along with additional HKD 30,000 for 15 bounties. He became the first player from his country to win a Spadie. At the HKD 2,500 PLO side event that generated a prize pool of HKD 104,760, Mike Takayama stole the show. He took home HKD 37,720 after defeating a China’s Daji Chen who made a second place finish and took home HKD 24,100.

6 Max Championship: Dimitar Danchev Bags First Spadie in 6-Max Event, Wei Zhao Wins Side Event

This week of Asia Championship of Poker saw Bulgaria’s Dimitar Danchev stealing the show. The young man won the first Spadie for his country in the 6-max Championship for HKD 368,975. His last win came back in 2013 at the PCA Main Event, but he changed it all by becoming the first Bulgarian to win the 6-Max Championship for HKD 368,975. Two Indian players including Raghav Bansal & Sulabh Choudhary also played the event, but they failed to move ahead. In the side event, it was China’s Wei Zhao who succeeded to win HKD 2,500 6-Max. The side event attracted 99 players and created a prize pool of HKD 172,854. Wei Zhao played smartly and outlasted all his opponents to win a payday of HKD 50,114.

Upcoming Events of the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker ( ACOP)

Started on Friday 28th October, the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker is in full swing, attracting poker fans and players from various parts of the world. The 17-day poker festival once again features a HK$100,000 (USD $13k) buy-in Main Event, which promises the largest guaranteed prize pool HKD$15,000,000 (US $2,000,000) in Asia. The festival has something for everyone as it includes 17 ACOP Spadies along with 9 smaller buy-in events. With the ACOP moving into middle phase now, there are still so many crucial events left, some of which include the $9,000 2m GTD Spadie (re-entry) on Thursday November 3, the $3,000 Midnight Turbo on Friday, November 4, the $2,000 Deepstack, $500,000 Super High Roller (2 rebuys) on Saturday, November 5. On the same day, women can play the Ladies Asia Championship.

On Sunday, 6th November, the Asia Championship of Poker once again brings up $500,000 Super High Roller (Day 2). Later, the festival will see the $100,000 Main Event, which runs across 3 days, running from Monday on 7th November to Wednesday on 9th November. The Main Event is then followed by various crucial events like the $3,000 Flipout Championship on 9th November, the $10,000 Teams Championship on 10th November. On Friday 11th November, one can play the $250,000 High Roller and $11,000 Turbo Championship. Later, the Saturday will bring up $11,000 Megastack Championship and $250,000 High Roller (Day 2) on 12th November. Finally, the 17-day festival of the ACOP will culminate with the $3,000 NLH event. Stay tuned in right here for the latest updates and news from the ACOP.