The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Macau leg is now in the books and the current APT Player of the Year standings have been calculated. With an USD $8,000 APT sponsorship package for the 2013 season at stake as well as the honour of being crowned the first APT Player of the Year, the race is heating up and there have been some interesting movements around the top of the list.
After two impressive final table appearances in the HKD $25,000 Main Event and HKD $2,000 side event at StarWorld Macau, 2012 APT Asian Series Goa champion Martin Nilsson has kept a strong pace with the rest of the pack and the Swede continues to hold the number one spot on 760.2 points.
Not far behind and in the number two slot is Australia’s Liam Anderson. The now Thailand resident vaulted up the rankings thanks to two remarkable runner-up finishes in side events at APT Macau. A second place in the HKD $4,400 Head Hunter earned him HKD $70,500 in prize money and his finish in the HKD $2,000 Deep Stack Turbo netted him another HKD $53,000.
Rounding out the top three is Marc Rivera from the Philippines who was also a big climber up the list, coming from 12th place prior to Macau due to a win in the HKD $2,000 Deep Stack Turbo for HKD $97,500 in prize money.
But the biggest movers and shakers amongst the top 10 have definitely been two players that were yet to have an APT 2012 result until Macau. The APT Macau Main Event champion Carlos Chang and runner-up Winfred Yu have both made healthy debuts on the list in 4th and 9th place respectively. Yu’s campaign was also helped along with a tidy 3rd place result in the HKD $5,500 Heads Up Asian Championship.
Current APT Player of the Year Points Leaders
1. Martin Nilsson (Sweden) – 760.20
2. Liam Anderson (Australia) – 696.40
3. Marc Rivera (Philippines) – 573.00
4. Carlos Chang (Taiwan) – 540
5. Divan Le Roux (South Africa) – 540.00
6. Conrad Coetzer (South Africa) – 533.00
7. Robert Browning (Philippines) – 521.50
8. Samad Razavi (England) – 493.00
9. Winfred Yu (Canada) – 490.8
10. Michael Marvanek (Australia) – 472.80
Poker Portal Asia was first to get an exclusive preview of the latest APT Player of the Year standings but don’t forget to stay tuned to www.TheAsianPokerTour.com where the full list is expected to go up next week.
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