APPT Macau to Determine APOY

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APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby DM101 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:19 pm

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MACAU, CHINA, November 15, 2011 – PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa hosts the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) from November 17-27 and the majority of the visitors to the enclave will have their hopes pinned on the HKD $30,000 Main Event which boasts a HKD $6,000,000 guarantee.

However, for Taiwanese poker pro Hung Sheng "Shaq" Lin the 11-day poker festival has a different meaning altogether as he attempts to hold on to his top spot on the Asia Player of the Year rankings.

The 2011 Macau Millions champion has held the No. 1 rank for a record 8 months -- previous record by Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu at 7 months.

Lin has earned over HKD 1.2 million this season and has final table appearances on all the major Asia tournaments thus far including the February Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon (3rd), Macau Millions (1st), and Macau Poker Cup Championship (6th).

In any other year, Lin's 6,028 points would be more than enough to sit back and relax with only 14 Official Asia Player of the Year Events left in the season.

However, a red hot Raiden Kan -- who won last month's Macau Poker Cup Championship -- has been in steady pursuit the last two months

"Before the MPCC even started, me and my brother (No. 3 ranked Aaron Lin) agreed that Raiden Kan was the biggest threat for our quest of the APOY. He has lots of experience." said Lin.

No. 2 Kan is the top money winner with over HKD 1.7 million and also has 2 runner-up finishes in September to go with his recent title.

"I've got a big chance now and I'm very confident." said Kan. "APPT Macau is my next goal of course and focusing on that will also get me the Asia Player of the year."

Historically, the leader entering the month of November has gone on to etch their name on the permanent trophy that sits in the PokerStars Macau cardroom.

"It's really a different dynamic this year." said PokerStars Country Manager Fred Leung. "This is the first year where APPT tournaments qualify for APOY points. With the huge fields we're expecting there are going to be big shifts in the standings. I'd estimate around 3,000 points for the Main Event winner alone and there are another 13 Official Asia Player of the Year Events on the schedule to consider."

"Clearly Shaq controls his own destiny with more than a thousand point lead. He's already had a phenomenal season that's worthy of the APOY title. But Raiden's been Malaysia's top ranked player for back-to-back years and if you add that consistency to his current momentum you would be foolish to ignore him."

2011 Asia Player of the Year

Shaq Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- 6,028 pts
Raiden Kan (Malaysia) -- 4,936 pts
Aaron Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- 3,984 pts
Haifeng Xue (China) -- 3,431 pts
Charles Lam (Hong Kong) -- 2,984 pts
Mark Benasa (Philippines) -- 2,585 pts
Ion Sang Song (Macau) -- 2,510 pts
Kwan Pao Mah (Canada) -- 2,365 pts
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- 2,184 pts
Xin Rui Lu (China) -- 2,163 pts

For complete 2011 Asia Player of the Year rankings please CLICK HERE

APPT Macau - Season 5 Schedule
(All figures in HKD)

Nov. 17 @ 8:10 PM: Event 1: $1,000 Charity Event + 2 Rebuys ($50,000 Added Prizes)
Nov. 18 @ 8:10 PM: Event 2: $3,000 NLH ($300,000 Guarantee) [2-day event]
Nov. 19 @ 6:00 PM: Event 3: $10,000 NLH ($800,000 Guarantee) [2-day event]
Nov. 20 @ 2:10 PM: Event 4: $1,000 Rebuy ($150,000 Guarantee)
Nov. 21 @ 2:10 PM: Event 5: $1,500 Deepstack ($150,000 Guarantee)
Nov. 22 @ 2:10 PM: Event 6: $5,000 6-Handed
Nov. 22 @ 5:00 PM: $1,000 3x Turbo Rebuy Main Event Satellite (3 Seat Guarantee)
Nov. 23 @ 12:10 PM: Event 7: $30,000 Main Event ($6,000,000 Guarantee) - Day 1A
Nov. 23 @ 4:00 PM: Event 8: $5,000 KO Bounty
Nov. 24 @ 12:10 PM: Event 7: $30,000Main Event ($6,000,000 Guarantee) - Day 1B
Nov. 24 @ 4:00 PM: Event 9: $4,000 NLH
Nov. 25 @ 2:10 PM: Event 10: $3,000 NLH
Nov. 25 @ 6:00 PM: Event 11: $15,000 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee) [2-day event]
Nov. 26@ 12:30 PM: Event 12: $6,000 NLH ($600,000 Guarantee)
Nov. 26 @ 4:00 PM: Event 13: $100,000 High Rollers [2-day event]
Nov. 26 @ 6:00 PM: $1,500 Ladies Event

Nov. 27 @ 2:10 PM: Event 14: $2,500 KO Bounty ($250,000 Guarantee)

For the complete APPT Macau schedule please visit www.appt.com
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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby fleung22 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:03 pm

Oddsmakers?
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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby Afternoon » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:52 pm

Shaq Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- 6,028 pts - 1 pay 1.35
Raiden Kan (Malaysia) -- 4,936 pts - 1 pay 2.05
Aaron Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- 3,984 pts - 1 pay 3.35
Haifeng Xue (China) -- 3,431 pts - 1 pay 4.75
Charles Lam (Hong Kong) -- 2,984 pts - 1 pay 6.75
Mark Benasa (Philippines) -- 2,585 pts - 1 pay 15
Ion Sang Song (Macau) -- 2,510 pts - 1 pay 20
Kwan Pao Mah (Canada) -- 2,365 pts 1 pay 27.5
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- 2,184 pts - 1 pay 30
Xin Rui Lu (China) -- 2,163 pts - 1 pay 35
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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby stussyboi » Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:44 pm

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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby Afternoon » Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:38 pm

You can bet on this thread. See anyone accept your bet. lol
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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby fleung22 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:55 pm

Afternoon wrote:You can bet on this thread. See anyone accept your bet. lol


Oh man...I'd love to but it's inappropriate for me. Just curious on the thoughts of everyone else.

Wondering who people will win the APOY Overall and who will rank highest in Singapore?

Here is breakdown for Singapore TOP 5:
(overall rank in brackets)

1. (13) Patrick Lee -- 2,064 pts
2. (26) Tai Tan -- 1,494 pts
3. (49) Alvin Peh -- 1,099 pts
4. (51) Bryan Huang -- 1,080 pts
5. (52) Syed Ubhaidilla -- 1,070 pts
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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby Afternoon » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:15 pm

Hope Bryan can take down this APPT as a big present for his coming wedding.
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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby MJFX » Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:03 pm

Here to register a minor complaint or feedback.
Played in the appt event 1 on thurs, i was a late entrant, only registered at the start of level 2 when blinds were 50-100. (blinds interval 20mins).
I was made to sit out the whole level 2 and only get to play my first hand 3mins into level 3, i made the 2 adds straight away, bring me to 10k stack and 50bb with blinds going up to 200-400 soon.

The reason i was given is to wait for more late entrants to start a new table.
I also saw a couple of bustos during level 2, hence obviously the late entrants could have been fit in but the TD sticked to its original plan. Visibly im unhappy and offered a refund.
But who comes all the way to macau to play tourney and gladly would take a refund. ie i was left with no option, take it or leave it.

i must say i appreciate danny and hill taking time to explain to me, that i should come early etc. I dun necessarily agree with what they said though. I could be a minute late and yet tables could have filled to the brink in multiples of ten, i would still have been asked to sit out. To me, players' interest should come first, im just thinking the management is not flexible enough. Its not like as if there are 400players and we have to alternate to play. We are into level 2 and 90+ players. I wouldnt have mind waiting if its a deep stack but this probably the most turbo appt event. Any passionate player will be upset.
To be honest, i wouldn't mind if i'm an alternate too, at least i have a chance to get a seat when someone bust. i also understand its common PS macau will freeze the clock (at some point) so that the alternates have a good stack to compete. i would say end of level 2 freezing is acceptable too.
The fact that i was told i have to wait more entrants, something not within anybody's control is difficult to accept. God knows whether there will be late entrants but at least i know there will be people going bust.
As a saving grace, the TDs finally communicated to us that they will wait till start of level 3 to sit us..not too bad.. but i will be happier if i don't have to miss an entire level, not in a turbo event where there was only 98 players in the field.

On a separate note, i was a virtual short stack and went out in level 10 with 30 players to go.
i had zero showdown until the last 2 consecutive hands i played. Shoved with A7, a singaporean (a LWPS regular) with shorter stack than me called with AQ and doubled up through me. the very next hand, shove ATC with 2.5BB and BB without seeing hole cards called, had AQ. gg. lol.
Saw a lot of singaporeans in the field, mostly of LWPS fame and a lot more on their way to Macau. good luck!
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Re: APPT Macau to Determine APOY

Postby fleung22 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:33 pm

MJFX wrote:Here to register a minor complaint or feedback.

To be honest, i wouldn't mind if i'm an alternate too, at least i have a chance to get a seat when someone bust.


Hi MJFX,

I can appreciate the fact that you may not have like the outcome but the operations are indeed made for the greater good of the TOTAL player interest. Players will always have their POV as to the optimal decision but I can tell you that I have complete faith in Danny his floor team to register and seat in the most optimal way.

It's a little too simplistic to offer alternatives without actually understanding how the tournaments build and break tables. I've run tournaments at home before with 3-5 tables and I can tell you it's a much different animal for something like the APPT.

If you register late and there are no seats then you ARE an alternate. If there are little late entries then the alternates simply come in when another person busts. But if the Operations team believes that there are continual late entries (we had over 50 in Event 5) then they may choose to open a new table and seat them together since that gets more alternates into the tournament sooner.

Your situation was that there wasn't 10 alternates to build a new table immediately, so at the first opportunity a new table was created by taking players from other tables to do so. Late entries also get a full stack of chips so the PokerStars Macau team has gone the extra step to ensure players get the best value.

Now lets say you were the first alternate (I don't actually know which number you were) then obviously you'd like to sit after the next player busts. But that now means that the other alternates need to do the same vs. waiting to see if we get more alterates to fill a full table. It's easy to say it was a bad decision based on watching it play out and not running events many times over but to me (and I'm not an operations guy) it was clearly the right move from Danny. It's like poker, we make the decisions that will be right over the long run and don't base it on an individual instance after we already know the result.

I hope this adds a little more insight to how the thinking process works.
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