After a heads-up match that lasted close to three hours, Zhou Zhou, also known as, Jimmy Zhou, won the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker Main Event.
Zhou sealed his championship when Thomas Ward limped on the button, Zhou moved all in with the , and Ward called with the . The two players raced for all the chips, but it was Zhou who stayed ahead and won the tournament.
Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Prize (HKD)||Prize (Approx. USD)|
|1||Zhou "Jimmy" Zhou||$5,885,000||$760,000|
|4||Hsien Yuan Yang||$1,928,000||$249,000|
"I want to thank my friends," Zhou said. "They've been here cheering me on all day."
Zhou was heard saying he doesn't think that he will play another tournament anytime soon.
"I can't handle all this excitement," he said. "I couldn't sleep last night."
The day started with seven players returning to the final table. Connor Drinan was the chip leader and Zhou would eventually be the person to bust him. Earlier in the day, Zhou had doubled through Drinan when he was all in behind, but made a flush with four spades on the board to stay alive. Later, Zhou had the to eliminate Drinan, who was holding the , in fifth place.
Zhou also won a critical hand when he was all in once again with and behind, but managed to stay alive and parlay his survival into an APPT title.
Behind Ward, Nan Tu finished in third place. Tu got knocked out when he got all in against Ward. Tu had two pair, and Ward had an open-ended straight draw. Ward got there to eliminate Tu.
Rounding out the final day was Hsien Yuan Yang in fourth place, Qi Luo in sixth, and Xixiang Luo in seventh.
After the win, Zhou spoke with PokerNews in the interview below:
On Sunday there is one more big event to play out, with the conclusion of the HK$500,000 Super High Roller taking place. Six players remain, and PokerNews will be on hand for live coverage.