Yevgeniy Timoshenko, a Ukraine native and United States citizen, survived the five-day event of the 2008 Asian Poker Tour Macau to walk away with the first place prize of $500,000. At just 20 years old, Timoshenko outlasted 257 other players. At the final table, seven other hopefuls also fought for their share of the $1,500,000 guaranteed prize pool – the largest guaranteed prize pool ever offered in Asia. Joon Hee Yeah of South Korea came in second for a prize of $250,000. Yeah’s final hand, K-J, couldn’t stand up to Timoshenko’s Q-Q.
The final table results are as follows:
1. Yevgeniy Timoshenko $500,000
2. Joon Hee Yea $250,000
3. Rober Karian $126,000
4. Casey Kastle $90,000
5. Julio Diaz $67,500
6. Quang Nguyen $52,500
7. Chong Wing Cheong $37,500
8. Michael Pedley $26,250
Macau is the second leg of this year’s Asian Poker Tour. It took place at the StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau, China, over the days of August 27th through August 31st. The buy-in started at $5,300 and many poker sharks made their appearance, such as John Juanda and Chris Parker. Doyle Brunson even cut the ribbon to kick off the event.
Two more legs make up the rest of the 2008 APT, Seoul and Singapore. The Philippines kicked off the tour. The dates are yet to be announced. Next year, the APT plans to expand, having a minimum of six events to make up the tour.