Raymond Wu wins ACOP Deepstack Championship

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Raymond Wu wins ACOP Deepstack Championship

Postby DM101 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:49 am

Team PokerStars Pro beats 192 players to win Event 1 at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker


MACAU, CHINA, October 29, 2012 – PokerStars Macau completed its opening weekend of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) and the unique set-up to the schedule was well received.

For the majority of the long schedule, which runs from October 26 to November 11, the newest addition to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour will offer tournaments with high buy-in stakes -- known as ACOP Title Events -- as well as a lower buy-in events of the same game type.

This past weekend saw the completion of Event 1: HKD $10,000 Deepstack Championship and Event 2: HKD $2,000 Deepstack which had 192 and 224 players respectively.

"Everybody on the PokerStars Macau and APPT teams have been extremely excited about the ACOP the entire year." said Lorie Lagrosas, PokerStars Macau Operations Manager. "We even estimated 400-plus players for the ACOP Warm-up event next weekend. But we didn't plan to break the 200-player mark within the first 2 of 17 days on the schedule. There's every reason to be optimistic as we approach the Main Event on November 7."

Headlining the ACOP's early success was Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu who won the Deepstack Championship as he becomes the first ever ACOP Title Event winner. Wu picked up HKD $419,800 for his victory in the 3-day event.

In total, Event 1 paid the Top 22 players HKD $1,713,408 in prize money.

Iqbal Ahmed entered Monday's final table as the overnight chip leader with 551,000 and Wu held the second largest stack just 70,000 behind.

Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im was also amongst the final 10 players but she had one of the shorter stacks to start the day.

After a slow first hour, Ahmed opened the floodgates as he eliminated player after player. Wu had his fare share of knock outs but they were short stacks which kept the Taiwanese poker pro a fair distance behind.

3-handed play was critical for Wu as his aggression allowed him to even out the stacks. After busting Im in 3rd place, Wu would only be slight 1.3M to 1.5M dog to kick off heads up play.

It only took 15 minutes before that disadvantage grew to 700K to 2.1M and Ahmed looked poised to win the Deepstack Championship title.

However, Wu noticeably shifted his approach while constantly adding pressure to Ahmed and his tedious grind would give him an ever so slight 30K lead entering the final hand:

Pre-flop, Ahmed raised to 170,000 from the big blind and Wu made the call.

The flop was an innocent looking 8h-2s-4h. Ahmed led out for 150,000 and was called.

The turn paired the board with the 8-of-spades and now Ahmed bet 250,000 before Wu quickly moved all-in.

Nearly just as fast, Ahmed said "call" but he was clearly just fed up with folding as he only held Ah-Qs for nothing more than Ace-high.

Wu happily turned over pocket aces (Ac Ah) and locked the title before a meaningless 10-of-clubs river card.

"I was really confident when it was heads up as that's probably the best part of my game. I changed gears and that seemed to frustrate him (Ahmed)." said Wu, "I'm really happy with the win and the Silver Spade trophy but I want the big one (Main Event). I want the Gold Spade!"

ACOP Title Trophies. Golden Spade awarded to Main Event winner.

Event 1: $10,000 Deepstack Championship - Final Table Results

Raymond Wu (Chinese Taipei) -- $419,800
Iqbal Ahmed (UK) -- $282,700
Vivian Im (Korea) -- $171,300
Vladimir Geshkenbein (Switzerland) -- $137,100
Bernard Vu (France) -- $111,400
Mansour Khorramshahi (Thailand) -- $94,200
Saehoon Lee (Korea) -- $77,100
Iqannis Kontonatsios (Greece) -- $60,000
Roman Babela (Czech Republic) -- $42,800
Amir Hatefi (Iran) -- $34,408

For complete Side Event Results please CLICK HERE

Event 2 was won by Sweden's Benjamin Carmine who received HKD $93,900 for his victory. 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $391,104 prize pool.

Event 2: $2,000 Deepstack - Final Table Results

Benjamin Carmine (Sweden) -- $93,900
Christopher Carpenter (Australia) -- $64,500
Chow Lin Tan (Singapore) -- $39,100
Kosei Ichinose (Japan) -- $29,300
Marsel Kiyamov (Russia) -- $23,500
David Keyes (China) -- $19,600
Man Chi Wong (Hong Kong) -- $15,600
Tung Wing Tsang (Hong Kong) -- $11,700
Katsuyoshi Hori (Japan) -- $9,800
Claudia Yum (Korea) -- $7,904

Live satellites to the HKD $100,000 ACOP Main Event are now running at PokerStars Macau daily until November 7.

2012 ACOP Title Events
(all figures in HKD)

Oct 26 -- $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) - Day 1A (Day 1B re-entry allowed)
Oct 27 -- $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) - Day 1B (3-day event)
Nov 1 -- $8,000 Six-Handed Championship ($400,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
Nov 2 -- $2,000 Rebuy Championship ($300,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
Nov 3 -- $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) - Day 1A (3-day event)
Nov 4 -- $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) - Day 1B (3-day event)
Nov 4 -- $8,000 Turbo Championship ($500,000 Guarantee)
Nov 7 -- $100,000 ACOP MAIN EVENT ($10,000,000 Guarantee)
Nov 8 -- $10,000 KO Big Bounty (2-day event) ($2,000 cash for each elimination)
Nov 9 -- $15,000 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee) (3-day event)
Nov 10 -- $250,000 High Rollers Event (2-day event)
Nov 10 -- $8,000 NLH ($500,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
Nov 10 -- $4,000 Ladies Asia Championship

For the complete 2012 ACOP Schedule, please visit www.pokerstarsmacau.com
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