APT Macau Main Event Crowns Champion.
At the conclusion of the eight day Asian Poker Tour (APT) festival, Norway’s Henrik Tollefsen claimed victory in the HKD$25,000 Main Event taking home HKD$981,700.
Hosted at the StarWorld Hotel and Casino, Macau, the Asian Poker Tour Macau tournament series attracted an impressive 827 players competing over 14 different events for over HKD$7.3million in prize money. The jewel of the series however was the HKD$25,000 Main Event which saw Henrik Tollefsen outlast 193 players to claim the APT most prestigious tournament leg.
Tollefsen worked hard to fight his way through a well stocked field of impressive international players with the final table hosting six different nationalities. Following a brief moment where Tollefsen flirted with elimination, losing a large pot to China’s Hui Wen, the young Norwegian dug deep to regain some chips and stay in contention.
Jia Geng was the first to fall two hours into the action as John Conkright (USA) capitalized on some great cards. Australian Alvin Cheam was next to fall who was followed quickly to the rail by Singapore’s Feng Zhao. Tollefsen solidified his position with an impressive pot win at the expense of Hui Wen while eliminating Cheryl Peng to claim the chip lead. Next to fall was Hui Wen who had struggled to recover from the mauling Tollefsen had given him which ended his tournament in third place giving us the heads-up final between Tollefsen and John Conkright.
Tollefsen held a 2-1 chip lead over his opponent but the American proved to be a hard opponent to finish off, holding his own against a frustrated Tollefsen. Eventually the Norwegian found a breakthrough as Conkright moved all in on K7, hearts, which Tollefsen called with his 66. The cards fell 8 3 10 Q 3 to give Tollefsen the win with his pair of sixes.
APT 2013 Macau Final Table Results:
1. Henrik Tollefsen – HKD$981,700
- John Conkright – HKD$714,300
3. Hui Wen – HKD$422,000
4. Phong Nguyen – HKD$301,000
5. Xiao “Cheryl” Peng HKD$245,000
6. Feng Zhao – HKD$198,000
7. Alvin Cheam -HKD$159,000
8. Jia Geng -HKD$129,000
The Asian Poker Tour now moves on to Korea which will see the Main Event USD$2,700 run along with a whole host of series events. The tournament is being hosted at the Ramada Hotel, Jeju, Korea from August 18 – 23.
For full tournament details on how to enter and qualification specifications visit APT online.
Asian Poker Tour arrives in Korea.
As Henrik Tollefsen revels in his recent Macau win the APT moves on to the next stop on the series with Korea and the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Jeji in association with The Phoenix Club hosting the next event.
The tournament will run from the 18 – 23 August with the Main Event set for Tuesday 20 August. Players will have a whole host of events to choose from with NLH, High Rollers, Satellites, Pot Limit Omaha and a Deep Stack Turbo all on offer.
The Main Event USD$2,700 will no doubt attract a large field, much like the 193 players who took part in the Macau Main Event, with players having the option of re-buying until Day 2 or the end of round 6.
For details on how to enter visit APT online.
Asia Pacific Poker Tour Queenstown gets its King.
The Asia Pacific Poker Tour Queenstown came to an end this weekend in one of the most impressive and beautiful locations any tournament series will visit, the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino. The venue and surroundings were inspiring and a wonder to view but they were not what made this tournament so special rather the winner Jonathan Bredin who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The 23 year old is confined to a wheelchair with impeded speech and limited movement. Bredin communicates through an iPad while having a helper to assist with the handling of cards and chips at the poker tables.
The highly skilled Bredin competed against 126 other players from all over the Asia and Pacific region following his qualification via an online PokerStars satellite. He outlasted some of the regions most impressive players to claim what is his only career win of his young poker life.
Following the long Main Event Bredin had to battle through a two-hour heads-up contest against his opponent Daniel Laidlaw who put up some strong resistance which could have quite easily ended this fairytale story. The final hand unfolded like a movie script as Laidlaw shoved all in with AQ, diamonds, which Bredin called all in immediately with his KK, off-suit, which was the exact hand tattooed onto his left arm. The board ran out 3 K J Q 8 to give Jonathan Bredin the title of 2013 APPT Queenstown champion.
APPT Queenstown 2013 Final Table Results:
1. Jonathan Bredin – NZD$93,600
2. Daniel Laidlaw – NZD$59,550
3. Chiu Yeung Lee – NZD$34,900
4. Raj Ramakrishnan – NZD$28,900
5. Jon Pierre Narney – NZD$23,800
6. Ricky Kroesen – NZD$19,550
7. Colin Carpenter – NZD$16,150
8. Daniel Neilson – NZD$12,750
9. Michael Chon – NZD$10,200
Up next for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is a trip to Macau and the Macau Poker Cup which will run from 9 – 18 August then the tour visits Melbourne for the 5 – 9 September event.