Day 2 Completed
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Day 2 Completed
JJ Liu Wins The PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau High Roller Event (HK$1,420,000)
After an action-packed day in the 2014 PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour High Roller, it was JJ Liu who took home the trophy and the first-place prize of HK$1,420,000 (approx. $183,000).
The tournament started the last day with 22 players and the final table of nine was set in just over two hours. Unfortunately, two more players needed to exit the tournament before the payouts would begin, and one of those was Kevin Clark, whose final-table appearance was a quick one as he was eliminated in just 10 minutes.
The tournament stayed eight-handed for about two hours, as no one wanted to be the one to leave without a paycheck. Eventually, it was Yuguang Li who finished in eighth place and the pace of the tournament was set to pick back up again.
It didn’t take long after the bubble burst for the first in-the-money elimination to happen. In fact, Zongyao Zhang (7th place - HK$333,950), Huidong Gu (6th place - HK$388,000), and Magnus Karlsson (5th place - 444,000) were eliminated within 10 minutes of each other.
Soon following those quick eliminations, Rui Cao hit the rail (4th place - HK$610,000).
After Cao's bust, a deal between the final three players — Quan Zhou, JJ Liu, and Chen Wang — was discussed. There was some controversy around the deal because Quan Zhou wanted the first-place points towards the Asia Poker Player of the Year Race, but in the end a deal was agreed upon.
Here's a look at the deal numbers:
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In addition to the agreed upon amounts, there was HK$373,00 left for the winner — certainly an amount worth playing for. It wasn't long after that Liu doubled through Wang and left him crippled. From there, he was eliminated in third place, setting up a heads-up battle between Zhou and Liu.
During the one-hour heads-up battle, the chip lead changed a few times, but it was soon after Liu doubled up through Zhou for a second time that she took a commanding lead and went on to claim victory.
Final Table Payouts
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That concludes PokerNews' coverage of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller. A final good night from the PokerStars LIVE Poker Room inside the City of Dreams Casino, and we'll see you next time!
Quan Zhou Eliminated in 2nd Place (HK$1,275,000)
JJ Liu had her 100,000 big blind in front of her and Quan Zhou, the small blind who was first to act, went all in. Liu wanted an exact count and there was some discussion around the chips in chinese, that we didn't understand. Liu then cut out calling chips and set them to the side. There was some more banter and Liu decided to push her chips into the middle.
Zhou was surprised that Liu made the call and showed his cards to his rail, and everyone started laughing. He then put the cards face up on the table and we saw . Liu turned over .
The flop was a good one for Liu but gave Zhou and open-ended straight flush draw, which caused some excitement to go through the room. Unfortunately for Zhou and fortunately for Liu, the straight flush didn't materialize when the turn came and the river sent all the tournament chips to JJ Liu.
Liu Wins A Big Pot
With no preflop raise, the flop was dealt. We didn't get the betting action at this point but it ended with JJ Liu moving all in and Quan Zhou making the call.
The turn solidifed Liu's lead and the river gave her the double up and the chip lead once again.
Zhou Winning The Preflop Battle
Quan Zhou has been chipping up. A lot. BIt has all been through well-timed preflop and some flop bets. No really big pots but the chips have been flowing in Zhou's direction.
First Sizeable Pot
Quan Zhou raised to 200,000 and JJ Liu made the call. The flop came and Liu checked to Zhou who bet 250,000. Liu made the call and both players checked the turn.
The was dealt on the river and Liu led for 300,000. Zhou raised to 750,000 and Liu just shook her head as she announced call. Zhou turned over and Liu tabled the wining hand of .
JJ Liu and Quan Zhou have spent the first 15 minutes of heads-up play trading chips. Even though a deal has been made, there is still HK$373,000 (~$48,000) up for grabs and that is worth fighting for.
Chen Wang Eliminated in 3rd Place (HK$1,078,000)
After being crippled on the previous hand by JJ Liu, Cheng Wang was eliminated in 3rd place holding ten-four when Liu's queen-ten made a straight.