The 2009 Asian Poker Tour Macau main event is in the record books after reaching its conclusion over the weekend, with 23-year-old Adrien Allain from Rennes, France the winner.
The Internet poker ace, who plays online under the handle ‘zlatan35’ collected the winner's prize of $391 556 after an exciting heads up against Korean player Inwook Choi, who's second placing was worth $214 158.
To get there, Choi and Allain had to overcome a field of 326, a tough final table and a tense three-handed clash with veteran JC Tran, who ended up in third place.
For Allain it was a remarkable return on investment, too – he secured his seat through a $5 buy-in online satellite at PKR.com!
Allain, who recently turned professional said: “I’m overwhelmed, this is so wonderful. I qualified for this tournament through a $5 lottery tournament on PKR and end up beating all these top players. Vive La France!”
The young professional will deploy his expanded bankroll (his only previous online earnings are $8 000) to enter further major tournaments around the planet, promising some interesting action judging by his aggressive domination of the APT Macau final table.