Fri, Oct 4, 12:18pm by Kevin Pitstock
The next event in the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour comes up later this month, as the players from around the globe will gather in Macau for the Asia Championship of Poker. ACOP is a 17-day tournament series ends with a main event which boasts many of the world’s top players.
The Asian Championship of Poker starts October 28th and it is consider an official APPT event. Those who finish in the winnings will receive points for the Asia-Pacific leaderboard, along with their winnings. A total of HK $20,000,000 is offered. Hong Kong dollars are valued at much less than Australian dollars, so the prize pool sits at about $2.6 million.
The ACOP Main Event is set to last 6 days. For those who can’t wait for top tournament news from around the globe, the ACOP Main Event should be a nice lead-in to the World Series of Poker November Nine. The WSOP final table begins only two days after the Asia Championship of Poker ends.
The entry fee for the no-limit hold’em main event is HK $100,000. The event takes place at the City of Dreams Casino on the Cotai Strip in Macau, directly across from the Venetian Macau. The City of Dreams is one of two operating casinos owned by Melco Crown, which is 33% owned by James Packer’s company, the Crown Limited Group out of Australia.
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa is the current leader of the APPT schedule with 3,515. Only 115 points back is Terry Yun-hsiang Fan, with 3,400 points. The remaining top ten players at the moment are Neo Li Han Chen, Sparrow Cheung, Gie Angelo Reyes, Ryan Nan Yu, Alexandre Chieng, Yoshitaka Okawa, Chris Yeow Chung Chong, and Kyung Sik Jung.
If any of these players were to make the final table of the 2013 ACOP Main Event, it would alter the leader board standings in radical fashion. The number of opportunities to improve one’s place in the standings is dwindling, so the ACOP could decide who wins the APPT Asian Player of the Year.
Last year’s event was won by Xing Zhou of China. Two Australians finished among the top 17 players, including one who reached the final table. Andrew Hinrichsen finished in 7th place, which netted him USA $99,872 in winnings. Aaron Lim finished in 17th place, which allowed him to carry home $27,692 in earnings.
Top professional poker players who attended the event last year included Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, Oliver Speidel, John Juanda, and Bertrand Grospellier, better known as “ElkY”. A top field is expected to appear again this year, as the prize pool has reached a record high. Macau is now the world’s gambling capital, so the lure of playing in the greatest casino town in the world should also draw famous entrants.
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