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APPT 3 Macau Champion goes to Irishman

Posted by : DM101 on Tuesday, September 01, 2009 permalink


The PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event champion is PokerStars Macau Satellite Winner Dermot Blain from Ireland who wins HKD $4,194,000 (USD $538,700). Dermot switched to playing poker full time from his original job as a sales manager, the 25-year-old resident of Dublin said that he has only won a few small tournaments live and online. He took up poker a few years ago after visiting a local sporting club in Derry. The PokerStars Sponsored Player Mike Kim from Korea took second place to win HKD $2,984,100 (USD $383,000). Daoxing (Bao Bao) Chen from China took third place to cash HKD $1 855 000 HKD (USD $238,000).

Bios of the winners:

Champion: HKD 4,194,000

Dermot Blain, Dublin, Ireland: Having switched to playing poker full time from his original job as a sales manager, the 25-year-old resident of Dublin said that he has only won a few small tournaments live and online. He took up poker a few years ago after visiting a local sporting club in Derry, since then he’s been on the daily grind of a different kind. He experienced a taxing day three, having to work a short stack throughout the session. He is among the short stacks but will ride a wave of confidence into the Grand Lisboa.



1st Runner-up: HKD 2,984,100

Mike Kim, Seoul, Korea: The 42-year-old PokerStars Sponsored Player’s 20 years of poker experience has seen him take on many roles establish poker rooms in numerous locations. “It’s been the first time I’ve had a chance to play in one of these tournaments as I’ve been so busy. I’m more of a cash game player,” he said. His stack has rarely been under attack throughout the tournament, and he bolted to the top of the chip count late on day three after KOing big stack Mike Collins.



2nd Runner-up: HKD 1,855,000

Mr. Daoxing Chen's profile

The man in the spotlight on eay three of the APPT Macau Main Event, this PokerStars Macau regular had the crowd on his side as he charged back from the brink of elimination to the final table. Fondly known as "Bao Bao", which loosely translates to "treasury", this 47-year-old is married with two sons, and is the director of an investment/loan company. He bought in directly to this tournament, and has been playing Texas Hold'em for less than a year after learning the finer points of the game here at the Grand Lisboa.






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