It took longer to set up the picture and bring out the trophy than it did for the heads-up battle to play out.
Quan Zhou began heads-up play with more than a 3-1 chip lead and it was all over on the very first hand. Zhou limped from the small blind and Petrangelo thought it over for a few seconds before making his trademark ‘A’ with both hands and moving all-in. Zhou called instantly and the cards were turned over.
Petrangelo looked to be in great shape, dominating Zhou’s hand and the US player maintained his lead when the flop came down .
The turn was a very sweaty giving Zhou an open-ended straight draw but taking away his pair outs. Unfortunately, it was Petrangelo who hit his pair when the landed on the river to give Zhou the straight and the Chinese rail went wild.
Zhou basked in the glory of his biggest ever career victory, taking the trophy, the title, and the HK$3,650,000 (~US$469,090) first place. A gracious Petrangelo tapped the table and gave Zhou the ‘well played’ before reaching over to shake his opponent’s hand.
Petrangelo headed for the cash desk to collect his second place prize money while Zhou prepared himself for the winner’s photo.
All that excitement brings this tournament to a conclusion but there will be a full write up to follow shortly so stay tuned.