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2013 APPT Macau Asia Championship of Poker: Zheng Leads Final Table

Yifan Zheng

It was a quick Day 4 in the 2013 Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$100,000 Main Event at the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams. It took less than six hours for the field to whittle itself down from 25 to the final table of nine. Yifan Zheng has the best shot at the HK$4,752,000 first-place prize after emerging as the chip leader, but he has some stiff competition in the form of PokerStars Team Online’s Randy Lew, who is seeking his second title in Macau.

The 2013 ACOP Main Event Final Table

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Jonathan DepaUSA979,500
2Randy LewUSA202,000
3Devan TangHong Kong779,500
4Yoshitaka OkawaJapan859,500
5Sunny JungKorea270,000
6Chenxiang MiaoChina368,000
7Yat Wai ChengHong Kong1,080,000
8Chane KampanatsanyakornThailand38,500
9Yifan ZhengChina1,513,500

The day kicked off with a bang as both Edward Yam and Stephane Blouin fell right out of the gate. After Jim Sue Pan followed them out the door in 23rd place, Team Online's Naoya Kihara was sent to the rail.

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Team Online's Naoya Kihara

It happened in Level 17 (2,000/4,000/500) when Aidan Tam opened for 8,000 from the cutoff and Kihara three-bet jammed for 49,000 from the button. The blinds folded and Tam made a quick call.

Tam: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Kihara: {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

Kihara's face seemed to indicate that he knew his number had been called, and he appeared resigned to his fate after the {5-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop failed to deliver him options. The {4-Hearts} turn meant he would need to catch a queen on the river to survive, but it wasn't in the cards as the useless {9-Spades} peeled off. Naoya took home HK$198,000 for his 22nd-place finish.

From there the eliminations continued to mount and included Yujung Choi (21st - HK$198,000), Jan Bendik (20th - HK$198,000) and Satrya Teja (19th Place - HK$247,500).

In Level 18 (2,500/5,000/500), Teja, who if you recall finished as the chip leader at the end of Day 1b, moved all in for 49,000 under the gun and cleared the field to Chane Kampanatsanyakorn, who made the call from the cutoff. The rest of the field got out of the way and the cards were turned up.

Teja: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Kampanatsanyakorn: {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

It was a classic flip, and according to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Kampanatsanyakorn was a 53.71% favorite while Teja would survive 45.92% of the time. The {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop didn't hit Teja directly, but it did deliver him a flush draw to go with his overs, which made him a 52.32% favorite.

The {5-Hearts} turn was no help, and Kampanatsanyakorn jumped back into the lead with a 65.91% chance of ending with the best hand. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {6-Spades}. Teja missed and finished in 19th place for HK$247,500.

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Terry Fan

From there, Ling Tong (18th - HK$247,500), Cheryl Peng (Equal 16th - HK$272,250), Andrew Lam (Equal 16th - HK$272,250), Kevin Schulz (15th - HK$297,000), Aidan Tam (14th - HK$297,000), Tore Lukashaugen (13th - HK$346,500), and Ro Woong Park (12th - HK$346,500) all hit the rail.

At that point two more players needed to fall before the final table was set, and as fate would have it, they came at the same time on two separate tables. Over at Table 1, Jonathan Depa opened for 12,000 under the gun and received a call from Zheng. Terry Fan then moved all in from the button for 94,000. Depa made the call, Zheng folded, and the cards were turned up.

Depa: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Fan: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

Fan got it in as a dominating favorite, but that doesn't always translate to victory as he found out when the {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{j-Hearts} flop delivered Depa a jack. Neither the {9-Spades} turn nor {3-Diamonds} river helped Fan and he was eliminated from the tournament.

Meanwhile, there was another all-in situation at Table 2. With roughly 70,000 in the middle in a three-bet pot, Peter Chan checked a {9-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop from out of the small blind before Yoshitaka Okawa bet 22,000. With the action back on Chan, he moved all in for 274,500 to send Okawa into the tank. The Japanese player separated calling chips from his stack and deliberated for several minutes before finally making the call to put Chan at risk.

Chan: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Okawa: {J-Spades}{7-Spades}

Chan's set was in the lead against Okawa's flush and double gutshot, but the turn of the {10-Clubs} gave Okawa the lead with a straight. Chan needed the board to pair, but it was not meant to be as the {J-Clubs} landed on the river. Since they busted at the same time, Fan and Chan tied for 10th place for HK$371,250 each.

The fifth and final day of the ACOP Main Event will kick off at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday. The final nine players will play down to a winner, and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there every step of the way to bring you all the action and eliminations. In addition, we’ll also be live reporting the HK$250,000 High Roller.

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*Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography and courtesy of PokerStars LIVE Macau.

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