ACOP (Asia Championship of Poker)

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    • #25992
      Fred Leung
      Member

      Hi everyone!

      Just checking out who coming out for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) this Oct. 26-Nov. 11 and if anyone had any questions.

      If you don’t know already, the ACOP is an Official APPT Event and is the Macau leg for the tour this year. Main Event is HK $100,000 and comes with a HK $10M guarantee. Lots of great events in the 17-day schedule and this is truly that ‘next step’ tournament for poker in Asia.

      http://www.pokerstarsmacau.com/tournaments/acop/

      Satellites are running online everyday on PokerStars for both the ACOP Main Event and the $25k Warm-up Event ($5M GTD). Check under the Events/Macau tab.

      Good luck to everyone who will make it!

      Cheers,

      Fred

    • #34372
      Fred Leung
      Member

      Hey guys,

      Thought I’d let you know there’s an online ACOP MEGA Satellite that GUARANTEES 5 ACOP PACKAGES!!

      PokerStars Tournament #623914733 for this Sunday, Oct. 15 @ 1:16 AM HKT (1:16 PM EST)

    • #34468
      Fred Leung
      Member

      Randy Lew (aka nanonoko) is returning to Macau to play the ACOP and defend his 2011 APPT Macau title.

      Check out his latest video (funny stuff): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8ThA9stJO-k#!

    • #34470

      Fail to understand whats funny about the video. A lot of randy video’s are suppossed to be funny, but I never see the humor in them, its usually some slapstick BS. Or Maybe its just me.

    • #34474
      Fred Leung
      Member

      Fail to understand whats funny about the video. A lot of randy video’s are suppossed to be funny, but I never see the humor in them, its usually some slapstick BS. Or Maybe its just me.

      It’s definitely a type of humour. I’d say it’s the same thing for people who don’t like shows like Arrested Development. This stuff is right up my alley though.

    • #34475

      It’s definitely a type of humour. I’d say it’s the same thing for people who don’t like shows like Arrested Development. This stuff is right up my alley though.

      I appreciate all types of humor, from dark and dry brit comedy to the kinda comedy Will Ferrell does. Probably you have met him/ know him personally and hence you find the humor in it. What really tilted me was the nanolympics video PS made on him, utter BS tbh. Btw arrested development is the GOAT. I’ll spare you the derail, gl with acop .

    • #34476
      Fred Leung
      Member

      I appreciate all types of humor, from dark and dry brit comedy to the kinda comedy Will Ferrell does. Probably you have met him/ know him personally and hence you find the humor in it. What really tilted me was the nanolympics video PS made on him, utter BS tbh. Btw arrested development is the GOAT. I’ll spare you the derail, gl with acop .

      Just to be clear — as I don’t want to accidentally offend — I am not saying that you don’t appreciate humor or that you don’t like Arrested Development.

      I’m saying that certain people, like my GF for example, absolutely hate Arrested Development and don’t find it funny. While I absolutely love that show — and FYI the show is coming back!!! — And I’m saying that nanonoko videos may very well be the same case.

      While I do know him personally, but not very well, nanonoko clearly has a loyal following of people who have never met him but are fans of him both as a poker player and his self-depreciating humor in his videos.

      Appreciate the well wishes for the ACOP. thank you.

    • #34764
      Fred Leung
      Member

      Just found out about this. There’s now a sick HK $1M prop bet during the ACOP. HK and Australia first two to form teams.

      I actually heard a rumour that there might be a team from India but I have zero idea who would be part of it. Guesses?

      http://www.pokerasiapacific.com/exclusive-million-dollar-challenge-prop-bet-set-acop4686.html

    • #34766
      sunny sen
      Member

      Just found out about this. There’s now a sick HK $1M prop bet during the ACOP. HK and Australia first two to form teams.

      I actually heard a rumour that there might be a team from India but I have zero idea who would be part of it. Guesses?

      http://www.pokerasiapacific.com/exclusive-million-dollar-challenge-prop-bet-set-acop4686.html

      sallu bhai (salman khan) is putting together the team is all i know, dnt know who he is selecting though, also heard stakes are a bit small for him ..

    • #34770
      Fred Leung
      Member

      sallu bhai (salman khan) is putting together the team is all i know, dnt know who he is selecting though, also heard stakes are a bit small for him ..

      WOW…don’t know Salman but he must be a baller

    • #34773

      sallu bhai (salman khan) is putting together the team is all i know, dnt know who he is selecting though, also heard stakes are a bit small for him ..

      Not sure if this is a level :D, but if it isnt, can you link us to said story ?

    • #34790
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      Taiwanese poker pro leads remaining 77 players heading into Day 2
      MACAU, CHINA, October 28, 2012 – The 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) is now underway at PokerStars Macau and the opening event drew 192 players for the HKD $10,000 Deepstack Championship.

      The top 22 players will cash for a share of the HKD $1,713,408 prize money with the eventual winner taking home nearly HKD
      $420,000.
      For Event 1 – Prize Payouts pleasehttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmnSFn4F5RygdGxpdk5XTE10VTladlFyYmJYOWx0cGc#gid=0

      Taiwanese poker pro Kitty Kuo leads the remaining 77 players after two Day 1 flights. The 2009 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) absolutely dominated her Day 1A opponents and will enter Day 2 with the only 6-figure stack of 202,300 chips. Taiwan’s Carlos Chang (87,300) and Macau’s Milton de Spain (82,800) are the only other players to even crack the 80k mark.

      Top ranked APOY players advancing to Sunday’s play include No. 1 Yosuke Sekiya (41,900), No. 2 Nicky Jin (25,100), No. 5 Celina Lin (34,700), No. 6 Jennette “Jay” Tan (35,400), and No. 9 Justin Chan (21,800).

      Lin is joined by fellow Team PokerStars Pros Vivian Im (48,000) and Raymond Wu (18,100).

      For Day 2 Seat Draws please click https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmnSFn4F5RygdGd2V2RnMEgtOGUtdW5SZFRMZXhNakE#gid=0

      For Day 2 Chip Counts please click https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmnSFn4F5RygdGF0SmZwZG82V0plMVdKQzAyTjVqblE#gid=0

      For End of Day 1A Chip Counts please click https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmnSFn4F5RygdG1DcUtlaVZRRnpBcGxLVjhpOEVfc3c#gid=0

      For End of Day 1B Chip Counts please click https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmnSFn4F5RygdDNCV2xmd3lYTEhEX0ZiUzBfQmlQV2c#gid=0

      Day 2 of the Deepstack Championship begins on Sunday at 4pm local time.

      The ACOP is an Official Asia Pacific Poker Tour Event and will run from October 26 to November 11 at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex in Macau.

      Live satellites to the HKD $100,000 ACOP Main Event are now running at PokerStars Macau daily until November 7.

      2012 ACOP Title Events
      (all figures in HKD)

      Oct 26 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (Day 1B re-entry allowed)
      Oct 27 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 1 — $8,000 Six-Handed Championship ($400,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 2 — $2,000 Rebuy Championship ($300,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 3 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $8,000 Turbo Championship ($500,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 7 — $100,000 ACOP MAIN EVENT ($10,000,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 8 — $10,000 KO Big Bounty (2-day event) ($2,000 cash for each elimination)
      Nov 9 — $15,000 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee) (3-day event)
      Nov 10 — $250,000 High Rollers Event (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $8,000 NLH ($500,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $4,000 Ladies Asia Championship

    • #34791
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      MACAU, CHINA, October 29, 2012 – 192 players have whittled down to just 10 as the final table is set for Event 1 of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP)

      Leading the remaining field in the HKD $10,000 Deepstack Championship is Iqbal Ahmed from the United Kingdom with 551,000.

      Taiwan’s Raymond Wu (481,000) holds the next biggest stack and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im enters her second final table of the year with 141,000.
      EVENT 1 FINAL TABLE

      Seat 1: Iqbal Ahmed (UK) — 551,000
      Seat 2: Mansour Khorramshahi (Thailand) — 326,000
      Seat 3: Roman Babela (Czech Republic) — 218,000
      Seat 4: Raymond Wu (Chinese Taipei) — 481,000
      Seat 5: Amir Hatefi (Iran) — 156,000
      Seat 6: Bernard Vu (France) — 130,000
      Seat 7: Vivian Im (Korea) — 141,000
      Seat 8: Iqannis Kontonatsios (Greece) — 218,000
      Seat 9: Vladimir Geshkenbein (Switzerland) — 130,000
      Seat 10: Saehoon Lee (Korea) — 230,000


      Sunday’s Day 2 began with 77 runners including 5 Top Ten players on the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) rankings. However, No. 2 Nicky Jin , No. 5 Celina Lin, No. 6 Jennette “Jay” Tan, and No. 9 Justin Chan all failed to cash.

      Only Japan’s Yosuke Sekiya made the money but the No. 1 ranked player was eliminated in 12th place meaning he wasn’t able to add more APOY points to pad his lead.

      Overnight chip leader Kitty Kuo entered Day 2 with the only 6-figure chip stack of 202,300 but just missed a place on the final table as she ended her day coming in 11th.

      The Deepstack Championship will pays out the Top 22 players for a share of the HKD $1,713,408 prize money and the eventual winner will take home nearly HKD $420,000.

      The Final Table for Event 1 begins Monday at 4:10pm local time.

      The ACOP is an Official and will run from October 26 to November 11 at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex in Macau.

      Live satellites to the HKD $100,000 ACOP Main Event are now running at PokerStars Macau daily until November 7.

      2012 ACOP Title Events
      (all figures in HKD)

      Oct 26 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (Day 1B re-entry allowed)
      Oct 27 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 1 — $8,000 Six-Handed Championship ($400,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 2 — $2,000 Rebuy Championship ($300,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 3 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $8,000 Turbo Championship ($500,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 7 — $100,000 ACOP MAIN EVENT ($10,000,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 8 — $10,000 KO Big Bounty (2-day event) ($2,000 cash for each elimination)
      Nov 9 — $15,000 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee) (3-day event)
      Nov 10 — $250,000 High Rollers Event (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $8,000 NLH ($500,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $4,000 Ladies Asia Championship

    • #34805
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      Team PokerStars Pro beats 192 players to win Event 1 at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker

      MACAU, CHINA, October 29, 2012 – PokerStars Macau completed its opening weekend of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) and the unique set-up to the schedule was well received.

      For the majority of the long schedule, which runs from October 26 to November 11, the newest addition to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour will offer tournaments with high buy-in stakes — known as ACOP Title Events — as well as a lower buy-in events of the same game type.

      This past weekend saw the completion of Event 1: HKD $10,000 Deepstack Championship and Event 2: HKD $2,000 Deepstack which had 192 and 224 players respectively.

      “Everybody on the PokerStars Macau and APPT teams have been extremely excited about the ACOP the entire year.” said Lorie Lagrosas, PokerStars Macau Operations Manager. “We even estimated 400-plus players for the ACOP Warm-up event next weekend. But we didn’t plan to break the 200-player mark within the first 2 of 17 days on the schedule. There’s every reason to be optimistic as we approach the Main Event on November 7.”

      Headlining the ACOP’s early success was Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu who won the Deepstack Championship as he becomes the first ever ACOP Title Event winner. Wu picked up HKD $419,800 for his victory in the 3-day event.

      In total, Event 1 paid the Top 22 players HKD $1,713,408 in prize money.

      Iqbal Ahmed entered Monday’s final table as the overnight chip leader with 551,000 and Wu held the second largest stack just 70,000 behind.

      Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im was also amongst the final 10 players but she had one of the shorter stacks to start the day.

      After a slow first hour, Ahmed opened the floodgates as he eliminated player after player. Wu had his fare share of knock outs but they were short stacks which kept the Taiwanese poker pro a fair distance behind.

      3-handed play was critical for Wu as his aggression allowed him to even out the stacks. After busting Im in 3rd place, Wu would only be slight 1.3M to 1.5M dog to kick off heads up play.

      It only took 15 minutes before that disadvantage grew to 700K to 2.1M and Ahmed looked poised to win the Deepstack Championship title.

      ACOP Title Trophies. Golden Spade awarded to Main Event winner.

      However, Wu noticeably shifted his approach while constantly adding pressure to Ahmed and his tedious grind would give him an ever so slight 30K lead entering the final hand:

      Pre-flop, Ahmed raised to 170,000 from the big blind and Wu made the call.

      The flop was an innocent looking 8h-2s-4h. Ahmed led out for 150,000 and was called.

      The turn paired the board with the 8-of-spades and now Ahmed bet 250,000 before Wu quickly moved all-in.

      Nearly just as fast, Ahmed said “call” but he was clearly just fed up with folding as he only held Ah-Qs for nothing more than Ace-high.

      Wu happily turned over pocket aces (Ac Ah) and locked the title before a meaningless 10-of-clubs river card.

      “I was really confident when it was heads up as that’s probably the best part of my game. I changed gears and that seemed to frustrate him (Ahmed).” said Wu, “I’m really happy with the win and the Silver Spade trophy but I want the big one (Main Event). I want the Gold Spade!”

      Event 1: $10,000 Deepstack Championship – Final Table Results

      Raymond Wu (Chinese Taipei) — $419,800
      Iqbal Ahmed (UK) — $282,700
      Vivian Im (Korea) — $171,300
      Vladimir Geshkenbein (Switzerland) — $137,100
      Bernard Vu (France) — $111,400
      Mansour Khorramshahi (Thailand) — $94,200
      Saehoon Lee (Korea) — $77,100
      Iqannis Kontonatsios (Greece) — $60,000
      Roman Babela (Czech Republic) — $42,800
      Amir Hatefi (Iran) — $34,408
      For complete Side Event Results please click https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmnSFn4F5RygdGxpdk5XTE10VTladlFyYmJYOWx0cGc

      Event 2 was won by Sweden’s Benjamin Carmine who received HKD $93,900 for his victory. 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $391,104 prize pool.

      Event 2: $2,000 Deepstack – Final Table Results

      Benjamin Carmine (Sweden) — $93,900
      Christopher Carpenter (Australia) — $64,500
      Chow Lin Tan (Singapore) — $39,100
      Kosei Ichinose (Japan) — $29,300
      Marsel Kiyamov (Russia) — $23,500
      David Keyes (China) — $19,600
      Man Chi Wong (Hong Kong) — $15,600
      Tung Wing Tsang (Hong Kong) — $11,700
      Katsuyoshi Hori (Japan) — $9,800
      Claudia Yum (Korea) — $7,904
      Live satellites to the HKD $100,000 ACOP Main Event are now running at PokerStars Macau daily until November 7.

    • #34835
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster


      MACAU, CHINA, November 1, 2012 – PokerStars Macau has now completed the first 5 events through 6 of its 17-day schedule at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP).

      The poker action really heats up beginning Thursday night when the second ACOP Title Event takes place with the HKD $8,000 Six-handed Championship.

      “The early results have been really great.” said APPT President Danny McDonagh. “But we’re now entering the really exciting portion of the schedule with several ACOP Title Events leading up to the Main Event next Wednesday. This is where we find out how big this series is going to be.”

      Recap through 5 events

      Event 1: $10,000 Deepstack Championship
      Team PokerStars Pro Raymond
      Wu will go down in history as the first ever winner of an ACOP Title Event. Wu beat the 192 player field to win the opening event, taking home HKD $419,800 for his victory in the 3-day tournament.

      In total, Event 1 paid the Top 22 players HKD $1,713,408 in prize money.

      Fellow Team PokerStars member Vivian Im placed 3rd for HKD $171,300.

      Event 2: $2,000 Deepstack
      Event 2 was won by Switzerland’s Benjamin Carmine who outlasted 224 runners and received the HKD $93,900 top prize. 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $391,104 prize pool.

      Event 3: $4,000 NLH
      Gab Yong Kim won the $4,000 NLH event which had 150 players that produced a HKD $523,800 prize pool. Kim, who is Im’s partner, won HKD $128,300 in what has been a great start to the ACOP for the Korean couple.

      Event 4: $1,000 Charity Event
      Reigning Asia Player of the Year Shaq Lin won the Charity Event winning HKD $76,400 in the process. The tournament drew 109 players who produced 178 rebuys for a HKD $247,686 prize pool that paid the Top 13 players. The event generated HKD $54,500 for local charities.

      Jay Tan and Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin finished 2nd and 4th respectively.

      Event 5: $1,000 Six-handed
      The 6-max event had 141 players building a HKD $123,093 prize pool which would be shared amongst the Top 16 players. Taiwan’s Pei Ti Tu won the tournament taking home HKD $30,800 in winnings.

      Celina Lin finished in 3rd place in Event 5. Her back-to-back final tables move her up two spots on the Asia Player of the Year rankings where she is now No. 3.

      2012 ACOP Title Events
      (all figures in HKD)

      Oct 26 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (Day 1B re-entry allowed)
      Oct 27 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 1 — $8,000 Six-Handed Championship ($400,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 2 — $2,000 Rebuy Championship ($300,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 3 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $8,000 Turbo Championship ($500,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 7 — $100,000 ACOP MAIN EVENT ($10,000,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 8 — $10,000 KO Big Bounty (2-day event) ($2,000 cash for each elimination)
      Nov 9 — $15,000 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee) (3-day event)
      Nov 10 — $250,000 High Rollers Event (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $8,000 NLH ($500,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $4,000 Ladies Asia Championship

    • #34866
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      Nakabo beats 178-player field to win Event 6 at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker

      MACAU, CHINA, November 2, 2012 – Whether you’re a poker player or member of the media that has visited the PokerStars Macau tournament room in the last several years, you’re sure to recognize Hirotoshi Nakabo who’s known for his regular outbursts and unmistakable screams.

      On Friday night, however, Nakabo became known for more than just his easily excitable temperament as he beat a tough 178-player field on his way to winning the HKD $8,000 Six-handed Championship at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP).

      The 39-year old from Japan won HKD $304,600 for his victory in the ACOP Title Event.

      The tournament’s Top 22 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $1,243,152 in prize money.

      Event 6: $8,000 Six-handed Championship – Final Table Results

      Hirotoshi Nakabo (Japan) — $304,600
      Scott Calcagno (Australia) — $205,100
      Tsuyoshi Ota (Japan) — $124,300
      Jung Wei Huang (Chinese Taipei) — $99,500
      Benjamin Abrahams (UK) — $80,800
      Tsugunari Toma (Japan) — $68,400
      Sergei An (Russia) — $55,900


      Day 2 saw the return of 22 players that included Tony Chang who is ranked No. 5 on the Asia Player of the Year leaderboard as well as No. 15 Jacky Wang — who was looking to overtake Yosuke Sekiya for the season lead in final tables tied at 5 each.

      However, Chang and Wang fell short finishing 16th and 12th respectively.

      Nakabo entered the day with the chip lead at just over 200,000 chips and grew that to more than 600,000 by the time they reached the final table.

      Final Table Chip Counts

      Seat 1: Scott Calcagno (Australia) — 340K
      Seat 2: Tsuyoshi Ota (Japan) — 348K
      Seat 3: Jung-Wei Huang (Taiwan) — 79K
      Seat 4: Hirotoshi Nakabo (Japan) — 609K
      Seat 5: Sergei An (Russia) — 208K
      Seat 6: Tsugunari Toma (Japan) — 70K
      Seat 7: Ben Abrahams (UK) — 124K

      There was little action for nearly 2 hours before Russia’s Sergei An bowed out in 7th place.

      The tournament clock continued to run without any more head counts and Nakabo temperarily lost his chip lead to fellow countryman Tsuyoshi Ota. That is, until shrieks of joy muted the background music after ‘Hirobow’ had a double knock out at the expense of Tsugunari Toma (6th) and Ben Abrahams (5th).

      It didn’t stop there for the Japanese poker pro who proceeded to bust Jung-Wei Huang (4th) and Tsuyoshi Ota (3rd) to enter heads up with play with an overwhelming chip stack of 1.3M against Aussie Scott Calcagno who only had 340K.

      The two didn’t play long. On the third hand, Nakabo open shoved with Calcagno quickly making the call. It was clearly the desired result as a familiar scream of joy began to once again take over the tournament floor.

      Nakabo tabled pocket Aces (Ad-Ac) and the Aussie was looking in bad shape as he turned over Kd-Qh.

      The flop ran 9s-As-Js before a Qd gave Calcagno some hope to draw for a straight. It didn’t come and to add insult to injury the river was the case Ace, giving Nakabo four-of-a-kind to seal the victory.

      After a memorable victory dance, Nakabo explained, “I planned on playing the ACOP Main Event if I placed fourth or higher. Now with this win I can play the main event!”

      The win improves Nakabo rank to No. 10 as Taiwan’s Alan Lee drops out of the Top Ten.

      Friday also saw the start of Day 1 for the HKD $2,000 Rebuy Championship which attracted 109 runners.

      The field produce a total of 264 in rebuys and add-ons which created a prize pool of just over HKD $670,000 for the Top 13 players. The tournament will play down to the money before returning for Day 2 Saturday afternoon where the winner will take home HKD $174,300.

      The next event is the much-anticipated HKD $25,000 ACOP Warm-up and Day 1A begins Saturday afternoon at 3:10pm local time. The 3-day event has two Day 1 flights and comes with a HKD $5,000,000 guarantee.

      The ACOP is an official event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and is held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex from October 26 to November 11.

      The HKD $100,000 Main Event begins Wednesday, November 7.

      For Live Updates of the ACOP Warm-up event please visit PokerStarsBlog.com

      2012 ACOP Title Events
      (all figures in HKD)

      Oct 26 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (Day 1B re-entry allowed)
      Oct 27 — $10,000 Deepstack Championship ($1,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 1 — $8,000 Six-Handed Championship ($400,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 2 — $2,000 Rebuy Championship ($300,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 3 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1A (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $25,000 ACOP Warm-Up ($5,000,000 Guarantee) – Day 1B (3-day event)
      Nov 4 — $8,000 Turbo Championship ($500,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 7 — $100,000 ACOP MAIN EVENT ($10,000,000 Guarantee)
      Nov 8 — $10,000 KO Big Bounty (2-day event) ($2,000 cash for each elimination)
      Nov 9 — $15,000 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee) (3-day event)
      Nov 10 — $250,000 High Rollers Event (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $8,000 NLH ($500,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
      Nov 10 — $4,000 Ladies Asia Championship
      For the complete 2012 ACOP Schedule, please visit http://www.pokerstarsmacau.com

    • #34896
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      MACAU, CHINA, November 3, 2012 – 167 players arrived at the PokerStars Macau tournament room for Day 1A of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HKD $25,000 Warm-up event.

      Topping the first of two Day 1 flights was Russia’s David Martirosyan who leads the surviving 67 players with 131,100 chips.

      China’s Rong Fan (126,400), Thailand resident Jordan Westmorland (116,600) and Japan’s Katsuhiro Muto (108,300) are the only others to end the evening with 6-figure stacks.

      Other notables advancing to Monday’s Day 2 are Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (44,000), 2012 ANZPT Sydney champion Gordon Huntley (60,700), 2012 Macau Poker Cup Championship winner Rui Chen (25,800), and No. 1 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) ranked Yosuke Sekiya (20,000).

      Team PokerStars member Naoya Kihara, 2010 APPT Sydney winner Jonathan Karamalikis, and High Roller specialist Nick Wong didn’t make it through Day 1 action. And joining them on the rail were Top Ten ranked players Jay Tan (No. 4), Abhishek Goindi (No. 5), and Tony Chang (No. 6).

      .” said APPT President Danny McDonagh. “We’ll have to check the record books. But assuming we get anywhere close to 400 players after tomorrow’s Day 1B, it will likely be the biggest side event in Asia for player numbers.”

      Some of the biggest names in poker are expected in the Day 1B field including Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand ‘ElKY’ Grospellier (France), Angel Guillen (Mexico), Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine), Celina Lin (China), Raymond Wu (Taiwan), Bryan Huang (Singapore), and 2011 APPT Macau champion Randy Lew (USA).

      2-time World Champion Johnny Chan, 2012 Aussie Millions winner Oliver Speidel, and 2012 APPT Melbourne winner Sam Razavi are also expected to take the felt on Sunday afternoon.

      Day 1B of the HKD $25,000 ACOP Warm-up begins Sunday afternoon at 3:10pm local time. The 3-day event has two Day 1 flights and comes with a HKD $5,000,000 guarantee.

      Later in the evening at 8pm, the HKD $8,000 Turbo Championship is scheduled to begin Day 1 of the two day event which comes with a HKD $500,000 guarantee.

      The ACOP is an official event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and is held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex from October 26 to November 11.

      For Live Updates of the ACOP Warm-up event please visit PokerStarsBlog.com

      Yoichi Fujiya wins Rebuy Championship

      Saturday also saw the completion of Event 7, where Japan’s Yoichi Fujiya won the HKD $2,000 Rebuy Championship taking home the HKD $174,300 top prize.

      The 2-day ACOP Title Event had 109 runners that made a total of 264 in rebuys and add-ons for a prize pool of just over HKD $670,000 for the Top 13 players.

      Gab Yong Kim made his second final table appearance in the ACOP after winning Event 3 earlier in the week. However, he couldn’t reproduce the magic this time around as he fell in 10th place.

      Hong Kong’s Justin Chan began the tournament ranked No. 9. After a 4th place finish, he improves to No. 7 with only 10 points separating him and No. 6 Tony Chang.

      Jordan Westmorland was playing both the Rebuy Championship final table and the Warm-up event whenever time permitted. He finished in 3rd place on the final table and only had 10,000 chips when he returned to his seat before amazingly finishing his day with the 3rd largest chip stack.

      In heads up play, American Aaron Gustavson was down to 10 big blinds and was looking for anything to even-out his 5-to-1 chip disadvantage against Fujiya.

      In the final hand, Gustavson decided to move all-in preflop with Qh-5c and was called by Fujiya who held Jd-9h.

      The board ran 8s-9s-Jc-6d-Qd giving the American a pair of queens but his opponent made two pair and headed to the winners circle.

      It was the second ACOP Title Event awarded to Japan and in a remarkably similar reaction to Six-handed Championship winner Hirotoshi Nakabo, Fujiya said, “I have played poker for one and half years and this is my first trophy ever. I’m very very happy!”

      Event 7: $2,000 Rebuy Championship – Final Table Results

      Yoichi Fujiya (Japan) — $174,300
      Aaron Gustavson (Macau) — $114,000
      Jordan Westmorland (Thailand) — $77,100
      Justin Chan (Hong Kong) — $63,700
      Mok Kwok Sang (Korea) — $50,300
      Ted Wang (China) — $43,600
      Xiao Lin (China) — $36,900
      Ronald Yu (Hong Kong) — $30,200
      Timothy Finne (USA) — $23,500
      Gab Yong Kim (Korea) — $16,664

    • #34929
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      PokerStars Macau sets Side Event record at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker

      MACAU, CHINA, November 4, 2012 – PokerStars Macau had high hopes for the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HKD $25,000 Warm-up event after Day 1A attracted 167 players.

      Sunday’s Day 1B didn’t disappoint as another 191 runners arrived bringing the total to 358 players — setting a new record for Side Event field size in an Asia.

      .” said APPT President Danny McDonagh. “

      The Top 44 players will cash for a piece of the HKD $7,986,980 prize pool and the eventual winner will take home HKD $1,777,000.

      Leading the surviving 71 players from Day 1B is Sweden’s Johan Wengelin who bagged up 149,400. China’s Hai Bo Chu (141,100), Canadian Michael Watson (136,700), Aussie Julian Powell (130,700), and Austria’s Thorsten Pegrin (100,100) round out the Big 5 stacks from 1B.

      Wengelin’s stack makes him the overall chip leader with Day 1A leader David Martirosyan (131,100) as the 4th largest stack amongst the 138 starters for Day 2.

      TOP TEN DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS

      Johan Wengelin (Sweden) — 149,400
      Hai Bo Chu (China) — 141,100
      Michael Watson (Canada) — 136,700
      David Martirosyan (Russia) — 131,100
      Julian Powell (UK) — 130,700
      Rong Fan (China) — 126,400
      Jordan Westmorland (Thailand) — 116,600
      Katsuhiro Muto (Japan) — 108,300
      Thorsten Pegrin (Austria) — 100,100
      Ping Lin (China) — 98,000

      7 members of Team PokerStars started Day 1B but Bertrand ‘ElKY’ Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Bryan Huang, and Raymond Wu didn’t make it through Sunday’s play.

      2011 APPT Macau champion Randy Lew (86,000) and Celina Lin (31,400) will advance to Day 2 joining Vivian Im (44,000) who made it through Day 1A.

      Other notables who move on to play Monday afternoon include Johnny Chan (59,400), Sam Razavi (31,400), Winfred Yu (37,000), and 2010 APPT Macau winner Victorino Torres (41,500).

      The ACOP Warm-up has 1,704 valuable Asia Player of the Year points for the winner. Top Ten ranked players still in the field include No. 1 Yosuke Sekiya (20,000), No. 3 Celina Lin, and No. 9 Rui Chen (25,800)..

      The ACOP is an official event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and is held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex from October 26 to November 11.

      For Live Updates of the ACOP Warm-up event please visit PokerStarsBlog.com

    • #34930
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster


      MACAU, CHINA, November 5, 2012 – PokerStars Macau has just completed its second weekend of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) schedule which runs from October 26 to November 11.

      While the highlight of the past few days has clearly been the HKD $25,000 ACOP Warm-up event — which drew a massive 358 players and HKD $7,986,980 prize pool — the weekend also saw the completion of 2 Turbo side events.

      Saturday’s $1,500 Turbo was won by Hong Kong’s Chun Hing Yung who beat the 137-player field for a top prize of HKD $44,800. The total prize money of HKD $179,402 was divided amongst the final 16 players.

      Sunday saw the completion of the HKD $8,000 Turbo Championship, an ACOP Title Event, and was won by 23-year old Anton Astapau who took home HKD $192,500. The Belarus native beat the 106 runners in the fast paced tournament where the Top 13 placed in the money for a share of the HKD $740,304 prize pool.

      The final table included notables Jonathan Karamalikis and Jacky Wang but they didn’t last long coming 10th and 8th respectively.

      As some consolation, Wang made his season-leading 6th final table and moves up to No. 10 on the Asia Player of the Year rankings.

      At the end it would be Astapau heads up as a 2-to-1 favorite against local Albert Lau.

      In the final hand, Lau limped on the button and Astapau checked his option from the big blind.

      The flop came 3h-6s-2s.

      Lau led for 65k before a series of raise and re-raises committed all of the Hong Kong player’s chips to the pot.

      Lau turned over 7d-7s for an overpair but it was behind Astapau who held 2c-3c for two pairs.

      No miracle came for Lau as the turn and river ran 2d and Qc to complete the full house for Astapau who takes the fourth Silver Spade trophy so far.

      .” said Astapau. Clearly confident about the rest of the ACOP, the IT programmer added, “.”

      Event 10: $8,000 Turbo Championship – Final Table Results

      Anton Astapau (Belarus) — $192,500
      Albert Lau (Hong Kong) — $125,900
      Mika Hallstrom (Finland) — $85,100
      Vladimir Geshkenbein (Switzerland) — $70,300
      Chun Hing Yung (Hong Kong) — $55,500
      Ji Woon Kim (Korea) — $48,100
      Daniel Laidlaw (Australia ) — $40,700
      Jacky Wang (Singapore) — $33,300
      Seungsoo Jeon (Korea) — $25,900
      Jonathan Karamalikis (Australia) — $18,604

    • #34931
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      MACAU, CHINA, November 5, 2012 – 138 players returned to the PokerStars Macau tournament area on Monday afternoon for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HKD $25,000 Warm-up event.

      As the competitors took their seats their first goal was to be amongst the remaining 44 players who would cash for a piece of the impressive HKD $7,986,980 prize pool.

      Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin, Vivian Im, and 2011 APPT Macau champion Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew all bowed out before the money.

      They were joined on the rail by 2010 APPT Macau winner Victorino Torres, 2012 APPT Melbourne champion Sam Razavi, and No. 1 Asia Player of the Year ranked Yosuke Sekiya.

      After the dust had settled, it would be Russia’s David Martirosyan leading the surviving 18 players entering Tuesday’s Final with 990,000 chips. The Day 1A chip leader will start Day 3 in pole position for the HKD $1,777,000 top prize but close behind is Aussie Jeff Rossiter (927,000). Russia’s Andrey Shatilov (601,000) and China’s Rong Fan (555,000) round out the Big Four stacks.

      2-time World Champion Johnny Chan (394,000) also advances along with 2012 ANZPT Sydney winner Gordon Huntley (381,000) and Day 1B chip leader Johan Wengelin (219,000).

      Day 3 of the HKD $25,000 ACOP Warm-up begins Tuesday afternoon at 2:00pm local time.

      The ACOP is an official event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and is held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex from October 26 to November 11.

      For Live Updates of the ACOP Warm-up event please visit

    • #34932
      Arpit Jain
      Keymaster

      The HKD $100,000 Main Event of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker starts Wednesday afternoon.


      MACAU, CHINA, November 6, 2012 – After 12 days of preliminary events at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), PokerStars Macau is set to launch the tournament everybody’s been waiting for as the Main Event is set to begin Wednesday afternoon.

      The new flagship event on the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour has a HKD $100,000 (USD $13,000) buy-in and comes with a HKD $10,000,000 (USD $1.3M) guarantee — the largest in Asia.

      .” said Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu. After winning the opening ACOP Title Event — the HKD $10,000 Deepstack Championship — Wu made his goal clear. “

      Wu will be joined by fellow Team PokerStars members Bertand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Angel Guillen, Celina Lin, Vivian Im, Bryan Huang, Naoya Kihara, and 2011 APPT Macau champion Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew.

      Also expected in tomorrow’s field is 2-time World Champion Johnny Chan, reigning Aussie Millions winner Oliver Speidel, 2010 APPT Sydney winner Jonathan Karamalikis, 2012 APPT Melbourne winner Sam Razavi , and recently crowned ANZPT Player of the Year Mishel Anunu.

      Day 1 of the HKD $100,000 ACOP Main Event begins Wednesday afternoon at 3:10pm local time. The 5-day event comes with a HKD $10,000,000 guarantee.

      The ACOP is an official event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and is held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex from October 26 to November 11.

      For Live Updates of the ACOP Main Event event please visit

    • #34992

      Rahul Byraju currently 11th in chips

      Source: Pokernews.in

    • #34994

      Byrraju Picks Off Huge Bluff

      Rahul Byrraju just manifested himself as one of the favorites with 43 players remaining in the tournament after picking off a huge bluff. It all started when Byrraju raised it up to 4,000 preflop. Two players called among which Aidan Tam in the big blind.
      The flop came down 3c2h4s and the action was checked around. On the turn the Th hit and Tam lead out for 5,600. Both Byrraju and the third player made the call.
      On the river the Ks showed up and Tam checked. Byrraju fired out 19,500 and the third player decided to call. The action was now back on Tam who decided to check-raise all in for 110,700. Byrraju gave it some thought and ended up making the call. The third player folded instantly after that.
      Byrraju quickly turned over his AdAc , and the dealer showed Tam’s 8s8c .
      “I play so bad,” Tam sighed as he made his way to the exit. Byrraju is doing very well and makes his way into the top five.

      Source : Pokernews.in

    • #34995

      Rahul Byraju is 3rd in chips with a stack of 270k.

    • #34997

      Rahul Byraju crippled to 41000 after losing a huge pot to Mike Watson.

    • #25993

      Rahul Byraju has doubled-up to 91000.

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