In November last year Yaxi Zhu played in her first tournament! It was the WPT National China. Inspired by the WSOP November Nine concept the final table of six played out in South Korea in December after a long break. This final table was remarkable in more than one sense. First of all because one player was disqualified for cheating. Secondly for the fact that it only took 24 hands to play down to a winner and finally because this young female rookie had made it all the way to the final five. Yaxi Zhu finished in 4th place and took home $80,650 for her impressive performance.
Since then the young Chinese has won a HK$2,500 No Limit Hold’em Bounty event at Asia Championship of Poker in February for HK$64,900. She finished runner-up in the Women’s Event at EPT Grand Final in Monaco for $9,892 and cashed at WSOP APAC. And just a couple of days ago she was runner-up in the Ladies Championship at ACOP, Macau, for HK$52,400.
All in all Yaxi Zhu has cashed for $109,489 since she played her first tournament exactly a year ago!
Today the talented Zhu was among the 179 players, who returned on Day 2 of the ACOP Main Event. When the day concluded 62 players had survived to live another day – and Yaxi Zhu was one of them. Zhu will return on Day 3 with a stack of 155,700, average is 140,806.
Team PokerStars pro Celina Lin will be back at the felt tomorrow with 135,100 in chips. She is the only woman to have won an ACOP “Spadie”, and she hopes to be the first player to win two of the coveted trophies.
Unfortunately we lost both Jackie Glazier and JJ Liu early in the day. A short stacked Liu moved all in with a pair of fives and got called by Betrand Grospellier with A8. An Ace on the river sealed the deal and the experienced pro was sent to the rail. Kitty Kuo, who lost a big pot on Day 2 with a full house against quads, ran into quads again on Day 2 and was not able to recover:
After lost twice quad in two days n I played 4 hands bad n questionable,I think if I can control my unstable status,I can be a sick player
— kuo hui chen (@kittykuopoker) November 5, 2014
Sam Cohen was pretty unlucky too, when her pocket kings were beat by Mizzi’s pocket aces. On Twitter Cohen laconically stated “Did not win”. Xuan Liu entered Day 2 with a healthy stack, but could not get anything going on Day 2:
— Xuan Liu (@xxl23) November 5, 2014
Sorel Mizzi finished the day as chip leader with 439,900 in chips. The remaining 62 players will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time. PokerWomenNews wishes Celina Lin and Yaxi Zhu the best of luck on Day 3.
Photo: Yaxi Zhu, PokerStars Live Macau