The PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event drew a crowd of 342 players to compete in the no limit hold’em main event. The prize pool was just over $1.6 million dollars and the last player standing was Victornio Torres who earned $416,000 for his efforts.
When final table play began Torres would get to work. He eliminated Keith Hawkins in ninth place with his pocket sevens and next to go would be Albert Kim. Kim would be knocked out after he went all in with a pocket pair as well, this time it would be eights.
Kai Paulsen would go next when he went all in with K-7 and was called by Jeppe Drivsholm. Then it would be two more hours before the next player would be knocked out of the competition. Brian Green would go all in with 9-8 and would be called by Drivsholm who held A-8 and Drivsholm would take the hand.
Just a bit later Kenny Nielsen would go all in with A-8 and would be called by Torres who held A-9. Nielsen would be eliminated in fifth place. Drivsholm would go out next as he went up against Torres with K-5. This would leave Torrres, Cole Swannack and Chong Cheong.
Swannack would go all in with pocket twos and he would be called by Cheong who held pocket aces and of course won the hand. Swannack would go out in third and leave Cheong to face Torres in heads up play.
When heads up play began Torres held 4.8 million chips while Cheong held only 1.9 million. Torres would win the first six pots and put Cheong even further behind. Cheong would soon go all in with Q-6 and Torres would call with 8-7. Torres would win the pot with a straight and take the first place prize.
Torres commented on the win by stating; “My whole experience here in Macau has been exceptional to say the least. PokerStars ran this tournament beyond belief. To every player, if you the opportunity, come out here and play.”
Torres also commented that with the win he will use the cash to focus on a hobby he really enjoys. Torres is a trial lawyer but he enjoys farming as well. He finds farming soothing and relaxing so he will spend more time at the farm.
The next Asia Pacific Poker Tour stop is in Auckland, New Zealand beginning in September. The event will begin on the 15th and continue until the 19th. Players will be able to earn their seat via PokerStars satellites and qualifiers.
1st: Victorino Torres, PokerStars Qualifier (USA) – $3,246,200
2nd: Chong Wing Cheong (Hong Kong) – $2,088,000
3rd: Cole Swannack, PokerStars Qualifier (New Zealand) – $1,177,600
4th: Jeppe Drivsholm (Denmark) – $891,000
5th: Kenny Nielsen, PokerStars Qualifier (Denmark) – $700,000
6th: Brian Green, PokerStars Qualifier (Costa Rica) – $572,900
7th: Kai Paulsen (Norway) – $445,600
8th: Albert Kim, PokerStars Player (USA) – $350,100
9th: Keith Hawkins (England) – $254,608