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