Monday June 17,2013 : 2013 POKERSTARS ASIA PACIFIC POKER TOUR MACAU DECIDED
Chieng triumphant in a quick and efficient final table
Sunday saw the resolution of the 2013 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event and the first Chinese winner in the six edition history of this prestigious Asian tournament.
33-year-old Shanghai cosmetics company CEO Alexandre Chieng emerged the winner from a field of 388 in the $25,000 buy-in event, which offered a total prize pool of $8,656,280.
The event took five days in all to complete, although the final table was an efficient and relatively quick 4-hour affair, with three players busting out in the first 45 minutes of final table action.
Kenneth Leong largely dominated final table play with a significant chip lead, only to lose in a short heads up against Chieng.
The duo started the surprisingly brief, 6-hand heads up action on a more or less equal footing, but Chieng quickly gained ascendency through a massive pot to outplay his opponent and secure his first title in an amateur career that includes thirteen final table appearances in major live tourneys.
Jubilant over his win of a magnificant trophy and the first prize of $278,940, Chieng said: "I had great opponents on this table, it's just unbelievable to beat all these people for whom I have very great respect, especially Kenneth (Leong), who I have played with before."
Leong accepted his defeat gracefully in claiming the runner up prize of $179,088.
Other members of the talented final table, and their winnings, were:
Ting Long $100,367
Dinesh Alt $78,077
Nan Hong $61,328
Shuyang Yu $50,119
Tian Hao $39,038
Jay Tan $30,664
Khac Trung Tran $22,312