Taiwan’s Carlos Chang was crowned the new Asian Poker Tour (APT) Macau Main Event champion last night and will take home an impressive HKD $1,913,200 (USD $246,625) in prize money. Chang defeated Team Poker King’s Winfred Yu at heads up to claim the title and his slot in APT history.
The HKD $25,000 buy-in event attracted 268 entries to create a HKD $5,979,100 prize pool. DafaPoker Ambassador Richard Zhu had the chip lead going into final table but played a starring role in Chang’s rise to the top, running into a couple of big hands at three-handed.
The first saw a battle of the blinds when Zhu raised it up preflop and Chang called in the big blind to see a flop of 6♦ 5♣ 5♠. Zhu led out for 145,000 and Chang didn’t budge as both players then checked the turn 2♥. On the river 6♣ Chang bet 600,000 and, after a long tank, Zhu called but couldn’t beat Chang’s J♥ 6♥ full house.
The two players again tangled later after they checked a flop of A♦ Q♠ 6♥. On the turn K♥ Chang bet 70,000 and Zhu made the call to see a river 2♥. Chang sent another 340,000 into the middle and when Zhu called he showed 10♥ 7♥ for the flush. Zhu subsequently became the short stack and Chang was able to send him to the rail in third place in a later hand.
At heads up, Chang’s run good gave him the overwhelming chip lead on 3.4 million against Winfred Yu’s 500,000. Not surprisingly, the contest didn’t last long and the final hand came when both players checked a flop of J♦ 10♠ 4♥. On the A♦ turn Yu moved all in on a steal with Q♣ 4♣ and Chang made the call having hit on the flop with 10♦ 8♦ and picking up a flush draw. At the river J♠ it was all over and Yu went home with HKD $1,016,400 in runner-up prize money.
APT Macau Final Table Payouts
1. Carlos Chang (Taiwan) – HKD $1,913,100
2. Winfred Yu (Hong Kong) – HKD $1,016,400
3. Richard Zhu (China) – HKD $478,300
4. Aaron Lim (Australia) – HKD $358,700
5. Tom Alner (England) – HKD $299,000
6. Ai Min Zhang (China) – HKD $239,200
7. Yue Qing Zhou (China) – HKD $179,400
8. Yi Po Lee (Taiwan) – HKD $122,600
9. Sam Razavi (England) – HKD $110,600
10. Martin Nilsson (Sweden) – HKD $101,700
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