ACOP 2014: India’s Anju Abrol Wins Deepstack Championship


In the past weekend the 2014 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) kicked of in Macau. The ACOP schedule is 17 days long with 14 events, including a HK$100,000 Main Event and a HK$250,000 High Roller. The tournament series came off to a great start with Anju Abrol taking down Event #2, the HK$11,000 Deepstack Championship, that saw 169 entries.

Abrol is a 50-year old banker from India and before her ACOP-win she had around $20,000 in live tournament earnings according to the Hendon Mob. The win in Macau gave Abrol a bankroll boost as she collected HK$401,400 ($51,742) for the win and one of the coveted “Spadie” trophies.

Abrol entered heads-up play against WSOP-bracelet winner Rory Young from Australia as a slight underdog, and the chip deficit continued to grow. Fortunately Abrol was able to punch back and win several all-in confrontations. In the final hand Young shoved with and was called by Abrol’s . The board ran out to give Abrol a straight and the champion title.

Abrol and PokerStars pro Celina Lin are the only women, who have won a “Spadie”, and no player – male or female – have ever won two. Celina Lin won her Spadie at last year’s ACOP and she seems very determined to be the first player to win a second one. On the PokerStars Blog she said:

I may have a slight advantage to win a second one first because one is awarded to the winner of the Ladies Event, although I would really prefer to win an open event if I could choose.

Nevertheless Lin is “really motivated” to win her second Spadie and as she is playing a full schedule, we will not be surprised to see her take down another Spadie this year.

Photo: Anju Abrol, PokerStars Blog

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