Shaq Lin wins 2011 Asia Player of the Year
Posted by : DM101 on Thursday, December 01, 2011 permalink
MACAU, CHINA, November 30, 2011 – As the APPT Macau Main Event completed it's record-smashing tournament last Sunday, an onslaught of media moved to the other side of the PokerStars Macau poker room to witness Taiwanese poker pro Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin be officially named as the 2011 Asia Player of the Year (APOY).
The 30-year old arguably had the finest year since the APOY began recognizing the best poker player on the Asian poker circuit in 2009.
Lin became the first player to make the APOY Top 10 in back-to-back seasons after ending 2010 as the No. 10 ranked player.
Shaq also holds the all-time record for Time ranked No. 1 at 7 months, 17 days as he gained the top rank on April 10 and never lost that position through to the end of the season on November 27 -- previous record was held by Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu at 7 months, 10 days.
The former software engineer made an amazing 10 final table appearances -- a single season record tied with brother Aaron Lin and China's Alexandre Chieng -- including the February Red Dragon main event (3rd place), Macau Millions 2011 (1st place), and the Macau Poker Cup Championship 2011 (6th place).
During the induction ceremony, Lin also became the first official entry into the HKD $100,000 buy-in ACOP (Asia Championship of Poker) as part of his 1-year sponsorship with PokerStars Macau.
"I'm very happy to have this title and to win it in Asia." said the estatic Lin through a translator. "I played maybe 40% of the APOY events last year and I decided that winning the APOY was something I would dedicate myself to this year."
After his Macau Millions win in April, Shaq had mentioned his parents disapproval of his decision to become a poker pro and leave his job. He wanted the APOY title to prove that poker is a game of skill and not gambling.
"I want to win the APOY and show that I am worthy of gaining my family's support."
As he recalled his journey, Lin recalled, "The MPC in February where I came 3rd was probably the most significant moment in the year for me. It gave me the confidence that I could actually win the APOY"
"When Raiden Kan won the MPCC last month it was the first time I felt like I was in danger of losing the APOY...Raiden Kan is a very good player. I'm actually thankful that he got so close because that pushed me harder"
"I'd like to thank all my support I received from my friends and family. And PokerStars Macau for allowing me to have this stage and opportunity."
Shaq Lin will have his name engraved into the permanent golden APOY trophy that sits at PokerStars Macau. His next appearance as a PokerStars sponsored player will be at the MPC: Red Dragon from February 18-26 -- which launches the 2012 poker season in Asia.
2011 Asia Player of the Year - Final Standings
Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- 6,278 pts
Raiden Kan (Malaysia) -- 5,176 pts
"Aaron" Hung-Chang Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- 4,784 pts
Haifeng Xue (China) -- 3,431 pts
Randy Lew (Canada) -- 3,297 pts
Tai Tan (Singapore) -- 3,026 pts
Charles Lam (Hong Kong) -- 2,984 pts
Allen Xin Rui Lu (China) -- 2,883 pts
Jimmy Pan (Netherlands) -- 2,748 pts
Seijiro Machi (Japan) -- 2,668 pts
For complete Official Asia Player of the Year - Final Standings please CLICK HERE
Photo by Kenneth Lim Photography courtesy of PokerStars Macau