ACOP: Star-studded Main Event Kicks Off


The Asia Championship of Poker in Macau is more than halfway through the poker festival, and today the HK$100,000 Main Event kicked off. The prestigious tournament saw 286 entries and as registration is open until the start of Day 2 this number is bound to increase.

A lot of notables had made the journey to Macau, including Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jonathan Duhamel, Olivier Busquet, Daniel Colman, Isaac Haxton, Randy Lew, Joe Hachem, Joseph Cheong and Dan Smith.

Some of the best female pros attended the event as well: Liv Boeree, Xuan Liu, Celina Lin, Kitty Kuo, Jackie Glazier and JJ Liu – just to name a few.

Team PokerStars pro Vivian Im had made the journey from South Korea, but her Main Event experience only lasted one hand. On the first level of the day Im was all in with on a board of . Unfortunately Im’s opponent Cheng Man Hang had caught , and when the last three in the deck failed to prevail Im was eliminated:

Another popular PokerStars pro, Liv Boeree, lasted longer, but at the end of the night a short stacked Boeree moved all in for her remaining 4,800 in chips with and received a call from a player with . Both players rivered a flush, but Boeree’s was a lesser flush and she was out of the tournament.

Bracelet winner Jackie Glazier survived the day, but she will return on day 2 as a short stack with 16,000 (20 bb) in chips, average is 49,029. JJ Liu, who recently had a deep run in the WSOP APAC Main Event, will return with 34,300 in chips.

Kitty Kuo has had a great ACOP so far. She finish 3rd in the Ladies Championship for HK$33,000 and 8th in the Warm-up event for HK$185,000. On Day 1 of the Main Event Kuo continued to run good until the last hand of the night, when she lost 25,000 of her stack with a full house vs. runner runner quads. Nevertheless Kuo will return with 39,500.

PokerStars pro Celina Lin, who’s chasing her second ACOP “Spadie”, was able to amass 50,100, while Yaxi Zhu who finished runner-up in the Ladies Championship for HK$52,400 returns with 54,300. It looks even better for Sam Cohen. At one point the American pro was down to only 6,000 in chips, but she was able to turn things around and will be back with a stack of 78,300.

888poker pro Xuan Liu had a great day at the tables and sent Ike Haxton to the rail along the way:

Liu will start day 2 with healthy 81,800 in chips. Chip leader going into Day 2 is Australian bracelet winner Rory Young with 150,100. Young finished runner-up to Anju Abrol in Event #2.

PokerWomenNews  wishes all the remaining ladies the best of luck and run good on Day 2.

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