With the World Series of poker final table unraveling this week, there are not many paying attention to what happens at the opposite end of the world. Having said this, there are plenty of exciting tournament taking place in Macau this time of the year and local players are winning a lot of money.
They have some strong competitors from other countries and one event that stands out from the crowd is the APPT Season 9 ACOP Main Event hosted once again by Poker Stars.
Poker professionals are sometimes complaining that the highroller competitions are exceeding the popularity of even the main events. This is pretty much what happened in 2015, when players had to spend HK$250,000 to participate in the event that has a guaranteed prize pool of almost $15 million. The initial lineup included many pros from the other side of the Pacific oceans but one by one they were eliminated leaving local players in the race.
Thailand's Phanlert Sukonthachartnant has a long name that is difficult to remember, but this time he has earned the attention of poker pros. He came out firing on all cylinders from day one and the fact that he made it to the final table with a healthy stack play to his advantage. He was not intimidated by the fact that he’s opponents were more experience and took great pleasure in seeing that most of the professionals were already eliminated by this time.
He managed to cause three eliminations of his own at the final table and by the time three handed play began he was ahead of the pack and going strong. Stanley Choi from Hong Kong was his fears competitor and once the third player was eliminated, the heads up began and it looked like to go either way. Two hours of play were required for the Thai players to finally you are his opponent into a trend and after the final hand was dealt, the runner-up has settle for $400,000.
These are the $250,000 High Roller Event Final Table Results in case you’re wondering:
|2||Stanley Choi||Hong Kong||HK$3,112,000|
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