The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau 2018 Main Event ran successfully for a full week from 19th to 25th March. The event drew a total of 356 entries to produce a jaw-dropping HK$12,984,032 (US$1,654,700) prize pool, which was shared by the top 41 finishers with a min-cash of HK$ 71,000.
After several days of fierce battles, it was China`s Lin Wu, who took down the coveted title to win the trophy and the top prize of HK$3,095,000 (US$394,452) along with a PSPC Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship to be held in January 2019 at the Atlantis Resort, Bahamas.
The Main Event drew many Indian players. However, all eyes were on Aditya Agarwal, who ran well and made it to the final table of the event. At the final table also, he enjoyed a good run and eventually reached heads-up against China’s Lin Wu. It was a bit cruel for Agarwal, who played really well, but unfortunately ended in the 2nd place, missing out on his maiden major live title.
At one point during heads-up, Agarwal almost clinched the title, but a brutal river card kept him away. Coming up and down in chips, Agarwal managed to rise once again and moved over to 4.5 million, but then lost a couple of big pots to Wu, who took the lead and maintained it till the end.
On the final hand of the tournament, Agarwal limped and Wu jammed. Agarwal, who held around 2.5 million in chips, wasted no time to call with 8h-8s. Wu tabled Ad-4h. An ‘Ace’ on the board declared China’s Wu as the newest champion of the APPT Macau Main Event 2018.
Many Indian players took part in this tournament and several of them went on to cash out with Ashish Gupta finishing 10th for HK$245,000 and Sahil Chutani finishing 15th for HK$ 167,500. Sumit Sapra who was enjoying a very good run finished in 32nd place for HK$ 84,000.
Final Table Payouts (HKD):
1st Lin Wu – China – HK$3,095,000
2nd Aditya Agarwal – India – HK$1,900,000
3rd Jen Chen Chiu – Taiwan – HK$1,192,000
4th Phanlert Sukonthachartnant – Thailand – HK$933,000
5th Alexandre Chieng – France – HK$675,500
6th Maxi Lehmanski – Belgium – HK$546,532