China’s Xing Zhou had to wait for over five hours during final table—no worries, it was all worth it for the 29-year-old Chinese businessman who after five days was the last man standing in the 2012 PokerStars.net APPT Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex in Macau.
Zhou, from Heilongjiang, China outlasted a field of 184 players in the main event which produced a prize pool of HKD $17,305,200. Although he grabbed the title, Zhou went home with HKD $3,547,500, the same figure second placer Ying Kit Chan (Hong Kong) got in an apparent two-way deal when the play was heads-up. Zhou and Chan went blind all-in the final hand of the tournament to decide who gets to be called the champion:
Zhou: 10♦ 6♣
Chan: 7♠ 5♦
Flop 9♦ 8♠ 3♦, turn 5♠ and river 7♥ and Zhou completes the straight and earns the right to be called the APPT ACOP Main Event Champion.
2012 PokerStars.net ACOP Main Event Final Table Payouts
1st - Xing Zhou, China – HKD $3,547,500
2nd - Ying Kit Chan, Hong Kong – HKD $3,547,500
3rd - Michael Kanaan, Australia – HKD $1,731,000
4th - Jacques Zaicik, France – HKD $1,384,000
5th - Alan Sass, USA – HKD $1,125,000
6th - Tsugunari Toma, Japan – HKD $952,000
7th - Andrew Hinrichsen, Australia – HKD $779,000
8th - Tom Alner, UK – HKD $606,000
9th - Henry Wang, Taiwan – HKD $432,000
Zhou had a mid-sized stack before the last day began play. He immediately doubled up close to a million in the first few hands of the final table when he won a hand against eventual 3rd placer and then-chip leader Michael Kanaan. Zhou tripped his 8♦ 8♠ on a board of 9♠ 8♣ 5♦ A♠ J♦ beating his Australian opponent’s 9♥ 7♥. He rose among the chip leaders at this point and went all the way to the heads-up round.
Also concluded the same day was the 2012 ACOP High Rollers Event. Jonathan Karamalikis from Australia went home the high-stakes title worth HKD $3,707,000.
2012 Asia Championship of Poker High Rollers Payout:
1st - Jonathan Karamalikis, Australia – HKD $3,707,000
2nd - Jeff Rossiter, Australia - HKD $2,224,000
3rd - Chunlei Zhou, China – HKD $1,483,000
4th- Joseph Cheong, Canada – HKD $1,112,000
5th- David Steicke, Hong Kong – HKD $740,400
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