PokerStars EPT Sochi

Main Event

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 10,000
Main Event
Day 4 Completed

Jiajun Liu Wins 2014 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event (HK$2,776,000)!

Mateusz_Pater • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 10,000 ante
2014 APPT Macau Champion, Jiajun Liu.
2014 APPT Macau Champion, Jiajun Liu.

The 2014 PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event completed on Sunday after a long five days of action. Jiajun Liu topped the field and took home the title for a payday worth an impressive HK$2,776,000.

Nine players returned for the final table with Thomas Mcgarrity in the front seat. He wouldn’t be able to go all the way, though, and eventually busted in fourth place. Let's see how it all happened, shall we?

The first player to be eliminated at the final table was Sailesh Verma. Not even an orbit into play, Verma moved all in after Mcgarrity had opened the pot. Mcgarrity called, and Verma was in great shape holding pocket jacks against Mcgarrity's {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. Unfortunately for Verma, the flop brought an ace and he was the first man out.

Towards the end of the first level, Yat Wai Cheng and Jean-Marie Peyron would both be eliminated. Cheng moved all in with the {k-Hearts}{7-Spades}, but he couldn’t improve against Cyril Andre’s {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. Peyron would move all in with the {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} against Billy "The Croc" Argyros’ pocket tens, but he'd have no luck improving either.

From there, everyone had to wait an hour before Carlos Kuo Chang moved all in with pocket nines and busted to Andre’s pocket queens. The board of {8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} saw Chang's day end in sixth place.

Shortly after, Yen Han Chen hit the rail when he moved all in from the small blind with the {a-Spades}{6-Clubs} and ran into Andre’s {10-Clubs}{10-Spades} in the big blind. Chen flopped a six, but couldn’t improve catch anything else with the remaining two cards.

Next to fall was the start-of-day chip leader. Mcgarrity had led for most of the part, until his eventual demise in fourth place. Mcgarrity thought he had a winner when he opened to 120,000 from under the gun holding the {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}. Argyros then raised it up to 400,000, triggering Mcgarrity to move all in over the top. Argyros snap-called and tabled his {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}. It was all over from there.

Almost two and a half hours of three-handed play ended with the most experienced player at the final table hitting the rail in third. Argyros started the day as the shortest stack, and not many people gave him a chance. He proved all the doubters wrong, as he picked all the right spots to double and even held the chip lead with four players remaining. In the end, though, a few hands went against the long-time Australian pro. His final hand saw him try his luck with a flush draw against pocket aces after the flop. The turn and river brought no help, and "The Croc" was on his way.

It was then time for heads-up play, and the very first hand could’ve crowned Liu the champion. Andre opened to 200,000 before Liu made it 400,000 to go. The bet was called and both players watched the flop come {9-Spades}{6-Spades}{8-Spades}. Another bet of 400,000 followed from Liu ,which was called by Andre, and the {7-Spades} fell on the turn. Both players opted to check and the {8-Clubs} completed the board. Liu bet out 500,000 only to have Andre raise it up to 1,500,000 million. Liu didn’t waste any time, moving all in and that threw Andre off. A moment passed before Andre open folded the {7-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for a full house, before Liu showed him the {5-Spades} to slightly ease his mind.

The seesaw battle went on for hours, with the chip lead changing hands throughout play. Andre almost had the chance to end it all when he called with the {a-Diamonds}{4-Spades} after Liu shoved with the {K-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. Andre flopped two pair and had one hand on the trophy, but what happened next was unbelievable — Liu caught running three's to give him trips and snatched the victory away from Andre.

The final hand of the night pretty much summed up how Liu’s tournament went. He called off Andre’s shove with pocket sevens and was up against the {q-Spades}{8-Hearts}. The flop brought Andre two queens to race to the lead, only to have it snatched away again when a seven fell on the turn. With a meaningless nine completing the board, Liu was crowned champion.

A fantastic effort from the Chinese player who made it back-to-back titles for his country after Alexandre Chieng won this event last year. Congratulations to Liu, whose aggression and patience mixed in with a little luck took him all the way. A worthy winner.

PlaceWinnerPrize (HKD)
1Jiajun Liu2,776,000
2Cyril Andre1,693,000
3Billy "The Croc" Argyros940,000
4Thomas Mcgarrity737,000
5Yen Han Chen575,000
6Carlos Kuo Chang464,000
7Jean-Marie Peyron355,000
8Yat Wai Cheng273,000
9Sailesh Verma198,140

That’s it for us here at the City of Dreams. Make sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we bring you all the live coverage from the next stop on the APPT, which will be from Manilla in the Philippines.

Cyril Andre Eliminated in 2nd Place (HK$1,693,000)

Mateusz_Pater • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 10,000 ante
Cyril Andre - 2nd Place
Cyril Andre - 2nd Place

For the last half dozen hands, the action alternated between Jiajun Liu moving all in from the button or Cyril Andre folding on the button.

In the final hand, Andre moved all in from the button, only to be snap called by Liu.

Liu: {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}
Andre: {Q-Spades}{8-Hearts}

The crowd again swarmed around the table, waiting for the flop. The dealer spread out the {Q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} shooting Andre straight into the lead. His advantage was short-lived though, when the {7-Diamonds} spiked on the turn. Liu controlled his emotions, knowing there was still one more card to come.

The river produced the {9-Spades} and it was all over. Liu was picked up my a friend in celebration as the rest of Liu's rail cheered.

Andre put in a great effort throughout the tournament and finishes with HK$1,693,000 for his efforts.

Stay tuned for a full wrap of today's play.

Jiajun Liu 9,920,000 4,340,000
Cyril Andre fr Busted

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Andre's Chance To Double

Mateusz_Pater • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 10,000 ante

The action was on Jiajun Liu on the button, who bet out 580,000. Cyril Andre looked down at his cards, before announcing all in for 2,150,000 in chips. Liu snap called and the cards were shown.

Liu: {q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Andre: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The flop gave Liu a chance to end it as it came down {j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. But there would be no flush for Liu as the board ran out the {4-Clubs} and {10-Diamonds} to give Andre the victory.

Jiajun Liu 5,580,000 -140,000
Cyril Andre fr 4,340,000 140,000

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Miracle Double For Liu

Mateusz_Pater • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 10,000 ante

Jiajun Liu moved all in from the button for 2,840,000 in chips and was instantly called by Cyril Andre.

Liu: {k-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Andre: {a-Diamonds}{4-Spades}

The dealer produced the {a-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Spades}, silencing Liu's rail and lifting Andre's supporters.

The {3-Spades} on the turn gave Liu the smallest of outs as everyone held their breathe for the river card.

{3-Clubs}!!! Unbelievably the river gave Liu trip three's to snatch the title right out of Andre's hands. The rail erupted as fans of each party tried to take in what they just saw.

Liu was considerably happy fist pumping in the direction of Andre and his rail, producing a smile from the French man.

Jiajun Liu 5,720,000 2,580,000
Cyril Andre fr 4,200,000 -2,580,000
Level:
31
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
10,000

Andre Doubles

Mateusz_Pater • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 10,000 ante

The action started with Jiajun Liu opening to 260,000 from the button before Cyril Andre raised it up to 700,000 from the big blind. Liu then instantly moved all in and was snap called.

Andre: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Liu: {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

"Ace! Ace! Ace!" yelled Liu's rail, as the dealer produced the flop.

The {k-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts} connected Andre in a big way, improving to a set of kings. The {2-Diamonds} on the turn got the crowd interested again, now giving Liu a straight draw.

The {2-Spades} on the river didn't help, as Andre doubled up into the chip lead.

Cyril Andre fr 6,780,000 2,980,000
Jiajun Liu 3,140,000 -2,980,000

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We Want A Break Now

Mateusz_Pater • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 10,000 ante

The two remaining players have just taken their own 10-minute break, seven minutes before the allocated one at the end of the level.

Liu Takes Command

Mateusz_Pater • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 10,000 ante

The hand started with Jiajun Liu opening to 310,000 from the button and getting called by Cyril Andre.

The flop came down {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} and both players checked. The {3-Hearts} on the turn saw Andre check call a bet of 300,000 before the {q-Clubs} completed the board.

Andre checked one last time, only to watch Liu slide out 500,000 in chips. He tanked for a minute before finally letting his hand go. Liu then tabled his {j-Spades}{10-Hearts} as he raked in the pot.

Jiajun Liu 6,120,000 2,320,000
Cyril Andre fr 3,800,000 -2,320,000