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The HK$200,000 Super High Roller at the 2018 Poker King Cup Macau was held over a period of two days at the luxurious Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, attracting a field of 21 players that created a prize pool of HK$3,910,000. Outlasting the field was China’s Kui Song Wu (cover image), who defeated the likes of Michael Addamo, Takashi Ogura and Mikita Badziakouski to ship the event and claim the trophy and top prize worth HK$1,720,000 ($220,124).
Day 1 of the Super High Roller event saw 16 entries, one of which was a re-entry by Shan Huang.
Jacob Rasmussen, Gui Fei Zhang, James Chen and Duan Chao busted out, as Ye Wang (710,000) led the 11 survivors to Day 2.
Chen re-entered on Day 2 before the late registrations closed, along with Wenling Gao, Chan Wai Leong, Jing Hui Ying and Louis Nyberg.
Six eliminations took place on Day 2, including Sergio Aido, who bubbled the final table, after which the nine-handed final table commenced.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Ye Wang – 878,000
2. James Chen – 876,000
3. Takashi Ogura – 800,000
4. Kui Song Wu – 748,000
5. Shan Huang – 636,000
6. Mikita Badziakouski – 505,000
7. Phanlert Sukonthachartnant – 282,000
8. Michael Addamo – 270,000
9. Phachara Wongwichit – 255,000
Final Table Recap
Busting out in ninth place was Phanlert Sukonthachartnant who shoved for 91,000 from early position and was called by Mikita Badziakouski in the hijack. Sukonthachartnant pitted his against Badziakouski’s . The community cards fanned out and while both players flopped a pair of aces, Badziakouski’s jack high kicker helped him win the pot, as Sukonthachartnant was sent to the rail.
Immediately after Sukonthachartnant, Phachara Wongwichit jammed from the hijack with 198,000 and Michael Addamo called from the small blind with 201,000.
The runout missed both layers, but Addamo’s ace kicker kept him in the running, while Wongwichit departed in eighth place.
Almost two hours later, Takashi Ogura shoved all in for 610,000 from the cutoff and James Chen re-shoved from the button, covering Ogura by 10,000. Addamo asked what the exact amount was and decided to also shove from the small blind, having them both covered.
The flop fell , putting Chen in the lead with three-of-a-kind nines. The rest of the board dealt and . While Chen was confirmed as the new the chip leader, Addamo lost majority of his stack and Ogura was railed in seventh place.
Soon thereafter, Mikita Badziakouski shoved from the small blind for 510,000 and Kui Song Wu promptly called from big blind. Badziakouski tabled and Wu turned over . The board spread out and Wu’s high cards helped him eliminate Badziakouski in sixth place.
An hour later, Chen moved all-in and Addamo folded his small blind, but Shan Huang called in the big blind for around 260,000.
The rundown brought and Chen rivered a pair of jacks, while Huang became the tournament bubble and busted out in fifth place.
Down to four-handed play, Michael Addamo shoved for 230,000 from under-the-gun and Ye Wang re-shoved from the button for 605,000, as the rest of the table folded. Addamo revealed against Wang’s pocket fives. The board did not help Addamo better his hand and he became the first player to finish in the money as he bounced off in fourth place.
Several hands later, Ye Wang jammed from the button for his last 370,000 and received a call from Chan in the big blind. Wang’s ran into Chan’s pocket nines. With the board not turning in Wang’s favour, he bowed out in third place.
Following the third-place elimination, the heads-up match was set up between Kui Song Wu (4,200,000) and James Chen (1,000,000). Wu had a massive lead over Chen and a few hands into the heads-up, Wu min-raised from the button and Chen called to see the flop . Wu fired out a continuation bet and Chen check-raised all-in. Wu snap-called and both players their cards.
Kui Song Wu
Chen, who had flopped a pair of sixes, was in the lead as his rail started to cheer. The turn was inconsequential but the on the river ended Chen’s hopes of victory as Wu hit the higher pair of kings and took home the trophy and first-place prize money of HK$1,720,000.
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Kui Song Wu – HK$1,720,000
2. James Chen – HK$1,017,000
3. Ye Wang – HK$704,000
4. Michael Addamo – HK$469,000
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