Congratulations to 23 year-old Frenchman Adrien Allain who is the toast of Macau this evening as he walks away with $391,556 in prize money and the title of 2009 APT Macau champion.
We started with 326 hopefuls in another great show of support for poker in Asia, as the strong local contingent was joined by a throng of pros from all around the world.
Allain proved himself a tough competitor as he rose through the field on Day 2 to be well placed entering this final table. From there it was virtually one-way traffic, which is very impressive considering the credentials of some of his opponents such as Casey Kastle, David Steicke and Poker Pack Pro J.C. Tran. His tournament is all the more impressive after we discovered that Allain qualified for this event through a $5 online satellite.
After the champagne bottles were popped and the trophy raised, APT CEO Chris Parker posed the question, "So, how are you feeling now?"
The response was an unexpected, "I don't speak English" from Allain.
"That's ok," responded Parker, "I'll make it up for you...he feels great!"
The music is pumping, the bubbles are flowing and the APT models are mingling as the French are celebrating a famous victory.
Thanks to the APT for another memorable tournament both on and off the felt, and thanks for following our coverage over the past few days. Our next stop is across the road at the Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau for the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event which kicks off on Tuesday, We look forward to your company once again!