Sunny Jung Wins PokerStars.net APPT Macau ACOP Main Event for HK$4,7M
It has taken a week's worth of poker, but the 2013 PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$100,000 Main Event has concluded with Korea's Sunny Jung being crowned the champion. Jung and Hong Kong's Devan Tang returned for an impromptu Day 6 to finish heads-up play, and it took more than five hours for Jung to capture the title and HK$4,352,000 first-place prize (roughly $560,000).
2013 ACOP Main Event Final Table Results
|2nd||Devan Tang||Hong Kong||HK$3,667,000|
|4th||Yat Wai Cheng||China||HK$1,485,000|
|7th||Randy Lew||United States||HK$792,000|
Almost a week ago, two Day 1 flights saw 203 players take to the felt for the second running of the ACOP Main Event, which was won by China's Xing Zhou in its inaugural year.
With one of the biggest buy-ins of the region being complemented with an incredibly generous and slow structure, a stellar field of players from across the world made the trip, but that didn't slow down the speed of play as eliminations flew out the door over the first few days. The money-paying top 25 was reached by the end of Day 3, and once play resumed on Day 4, it would be just a matter of hours before the final table was reached.
That final table of nine would see the average stack sitting at an incredible 112 big blinds meaning that players, staff and media were in for a long day. Quick eliminations occurred as Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (9th) and Chenxiang Miao (8th) were first to go before PokerStars Team Online member Randy "nanonoko" Lew was unable to claim the second leg of the Macau triple crown as he fell in (7th). From then onwards though it would be an exhausting battle for the players as chips swirled back-and-forth with eliminations on the rarity as Jonathan Depa (6th), Yoshitaka Okawa (5th), Yat Wai Cheng (4th), and Yifan Zheng (3rd) all fell to the rail before the heads-up battle between Jung and Tang would last roughly 45 minutes before play was halted for the evening.
Returning Sunday, Jung held just a slight lead over Tang, but both players had stacks of 134 and 120 big blinds, respectively. Action began with Jung wearing down and steamrolling Tang as he pushed his edge out to a 2-1 advantage. Although Tang made a slight comeback, Jung launched to a 3-1 advantage when his made a four-flush on a board before furthering that lead to an 8-1 advantage. Fortunately for Tang, he started to fight back for what seemed like the first time today as he slowly clawed his way back into the heads-up battle. A mix of aggression and some hands helped Tang before he managed to take the lead when his bested Jung's on a board in a four-bet pot.
The two then traded pots back-and-forth for the better part of 90 minutes before Jung put his foot down and began widening the gap between the two to take a 3-1 lead before the final hand played out. With Tang beginning the hand with roughly 35 big blinds, he raised to 100,000 (at 25,000/50,000 blinds) and Jung three-bet to 300,000. Tang made it 500,000 and Jung instantly moved all in with Tang making the call holding the to be dominated by Jung's . With the first called shove of heads-up play upon us, the board would see Jung's dominance improve to a flush to be crowned the second ACOP Main Event Champion and recipient of HK$4,352,000 in prize money.
PokerNews would like to congratulate Sunny Jung on a fantastically played tournament as he displayed great aggression and use of pressure once reaching heads-up play to eventually be crowned the 2013 Asia Championship of Poker HK$100,000 Main Event Champion!
*Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography and courtesy of PokerStars LIVE Macau.
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