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Asia Championships of Poker(ACOP) 2013

Postby DM101 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:03 am

Ioan Taiz wins Event 1 at ACOP

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32-year old Romanian wins HK $189,300 after claiming the Rebuy Championship opener in the 2013 Asia Championship of Poker

MACAU, CHINA – October 19, 2013 – ‘PokerStars LIVE Macau’ launched the 2nd annual Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) with the Rebuy Championship on Friday night.

The first of twelve numbered tournaments -- known as 'ACOP Title Events' -- drew a field of 139 players. With 208 rebuys the prize pool swelled to a total of HK $757,328 -- surpassing the opening tournament's 500k guarantee.

Romanian Ioan Taizs was crowned the Rebuy Championship winner and took home the HK $189,300 top prize.

Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang and Celina Lin both took part in the 2-day event but only Huang was amongst the 17 runners that advanced to Saturday's Day 2.

Day 2 began on the money bubble as only the Top 16 players would cash.

Huang survived to cash but ran his AK into pocket aces to place 12th for HK $15,100.

The final table included Asian poker circuit veterans Shaq Lin and Raiden Kan but they were eliminated in 8th and 7th place respectively.

Mansour Khorramshahi finished in 3rd place which moves the Iranian into No. 14 and into contention for the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) race.

Heads up was a short lived battle between Taizs (1.1m chips) and Aussie Jason Vipulananthan (270k).

By the time the final hand came, Vipulananthan's stack was down to 140k. With blinds at 5,000/10,000 he decided to make a move with Qd-8c but it proved to be ill timed as Taizs made an easy call with pocket kings (Kd-Kh) -- which held as the board ran 4s-9d-Ad-9h-2h.

"I'm happy and hope to carry on." said Taizs who was modest after his first ever poker title and explained that he plays poker for a living but didn't consider himself a "poker pro". The 32-year old added, "I also want to thank my girlfriend who has supported me a lot."

EVENT 1 - FINAL TABLE RESULTS

Ioan Taizs (Romania) -- HK $189,300
Jason Vipulananthan (Australia) -- HK $128,700
Mansour Khorramshahi (Iran) -- HK $83,300
Andrei Kaigorodtcev (Russia) -- HK $68,200
Victor Teng (Australia) -- HK $53,000
Sergei Sukhonos (Russia) -- HK $45,400
Raiden Kan (Hong Kong) -- HK $37,900
Hung Sheng "Shaq" Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- HK $30,300
Andrew Shanahan (Australia) -- HK $22,700

For complete results from Event 1 please CLICK HERE

For 2013 Asia Player of the Year rankings please CLICK HERE

The ACOP runs from October 18 to November 3 and features the HK $100,000 Main Event which comes with a HK $20 million guarantee.

Players can qualify to the ACOP at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room.

For more information about the ACOP please visit http://www.PokerStarsLIVEMacau.com

*All tournaments are subject to regulatory approval
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2013 ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP OF POKER SCHEDULE

(all figures in HKD)

Fri, Oct 18 @ 7pm -- $2,500 Rebuy Championship (500k GTD) [2-day event]
Sat, Oct 19 @ 6pm -- $11,000 Deepstack Championship (1m GTD) [3-day event]
Mon, Oct 21 @ 6pm -- $11,000 6-Max Championship [2-day event]
Wed, Oct 23 @ 6pm -- $25,000 ACOP Warm-up (5m GTD) - Day 1A [4-day event]
Thu, Oct 24 @ 6pm -- $25,000 ACOP Warm-up (5m GTD) - Day 1B [4-day event]
Fri, Oct 25 @ 6pm -- $8,800 Ladies Asia Championship
Fri, Oct 25 @ 7pm -- $15,000 PLO Championship [2-day event]
Sat, Oct 26 @ 6pm -- $11,000 KO Big Bounty [2-day event]
Sun, Oct 27 @ 6pm -- $13,500 Main Event MEGA Satellite (10 Seat GTD)
Mon, Oct 28 @ 3pm -- $100,000 ACOP Main Event (20m GTD) - Day 1A
Tue, Oct 29 @ 3pm -- $100,000 ACOP Main Event (20m GTD) - Day 1B
Thu, Oct 31 @ 7pm -- $11,000 Turbo Championship
Fri, Nov 1 @ 7pm -- $15,000 NLH (1m GTD) [3-day event]
Sat, Nov 2 @ 6pm -- $250k High Roller (1 rebuy) [2-day event]
Sat, Nov 2 @ 7pm -- $8,800 NLH [2-day event]

For the complete 2013 ACOP schedule please visit http://www.PokerStarsLIVEMacau.com

*All tournaments are subject to regulatory approval
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Tommy Zhang wins ACOP - Event 2

Postby DM101 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:05 am

Tommy Zhang wins ACOP - Event 2: Deepstack Championship

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23-year old poker pro from UK wins HK $420,000 after beating 177-player side event at the Asia Championship of Poker

MACAU, CHINA – October 21, 2013 – Day 4 of the 17-day Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) schedule saw the completion of one 'ACOP Title Event' while another got on its way.

Event 2 -- the HK $11,000 Deepstack Championship -- was won by Tommy Zhang who beat a field of 177 in the 3-day event. The Top 19 players each won a piece of the HK $1,716,900 in prize pool but it was Zhang who walked away with the HK $420,600 top prize.

His victory came just as Event 3: 6-Max Championship began on Monday evening at the ‘PokerStars LIVE Macau’ poker room.

"It doesn't feel real...it feels unbelievable." said Zhang, a 23-year old poker pro from the United Kingdom.

EVENT 2 FINAL TABLE RESULTS

Tommy Zhang (UK) -- HK $420,600
Peter Chu (Hong Kong) -- HK $283,300
Makoto Yoshimichi (Japan) -- HK $180,300
Julian Hasse (Germany) -- HK $145,900
Kai Yang (Chinese Taipei) -- HK $115,900
Claudia Yum (Korea) -- HK $94,400
Yibo Zhou (China) -- HK $77,300
Ryan Yu (China) -- HK $60,100
Ryo Akabane (Japan) -- HK $51,500

For Side Event Results please CLICK HERE
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ACOP takes place from Oct. 18 - Nov. 3

Zhang's opponents had plenty to play for when the final table commenced on Monday afternoon.

China's Ryan Yu had his eyes set on the No. 1 spot on the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) rankings. He needed a 7th place finish to do so but just fell short as he was eliminated in 8th place. Yu takes over the No. 2 position which was formally occupied by Red Dragon winner Terry Fan.

Korea's Claudia Yum was seeking the distinction of becoming the first female player to win an open ACOP Title Event but ended up in 6th place.

Zhang credited overnight chip leader Kai Yang as the person that convinced him to play the ACOP despite the former specializing in cash games and "rarely" in tournaments. Yang finished in 5th place and improves his APOY rank to No. 20.

The knock outs to Germany's Julian Hasse (4th) and Japan's Makoto Yoshimichi (3rd) set up a short heads up battle with Hong Kong's Peter Chu.

Zhang (Ks-Qh) would beat Chu (Jc-Js) in a classic coin flip, leaving the HK native badly crippled.

Despite an immediate double-up by Chu, there would be no comeback story as his big slick (Ad-Kd) would fail to hold against Zhang's 4s-6c in the following hand.

After the chips got all-in preflop, the board ran Qs-7c-Ts-Ks-Js to give the UK poker pro a 4-card flush to secure his first career title.
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