Celina Lin: “I’ve never been one to shy away from challenge”

Celina Lin

On Wednesday May 21, Asian Pacific Poker Tour Macau, Main Event kicks off. In a new blog PokerStars Pro Celina Lin looks back on the tournament that always had a special place in her heart. It was here that everything started for the Chinese-born player and where she got into contact with her later sponsor PokerStars.

APPT is in its eight season now and Celina Lin was there from the very start. In season one she qualified for the Macau event online. At the time she was primarily an online player, and when she qualified for the live event it was a new experience:

“Relative to my usual online grind, the USD $2,500 Main Event buy-in was quite large and I had never played live in a different country before. The tournament drew 352 runners. Even though I entered Day 2 with a relatively short stack I won some big pots to finish in 24th place. My bustout hand was pretty standard with my pocket Jacks running pocket Aces. I cashed the tournament so I was pleased with a profit but I didn’t really know the significance of the result until later.”

After going deep in the event, Lin was approached by PokerStars that offered her an one-event sponsorship into APPT Sydney. When she final tabled a side event, she was offered another one-event sponsorship to Macau Poker Cup’s Red Dragon Main Event. Lin ended up as a runner-up and collected HK$ 81,840 for her second place finish. She then became part of PokersStars Team Asia and in 2009 she eventually gained Team PokerStars Pro status after winning the 10k Red Dragon event for HK$ 394,000. Lin went on to win the same event in 2012, where she took home a first prize of HK$ 854,000. No other player have won this event twice.

When the APOY leader board was introduced five years ago, it was a great incentive for Asian players to work harder, and they:

“are literally coming out for every single event that qualify for APOY points. In fact, I’ve seen people play games they don’t even know how to play so they have a chance at points like Omaha. Not too long ago in an Omaha event and it wasn’t until 30 minutes into the final table that the chip leader realized you HAD to play two hole cards.”

Celina Lin obviously has a lot on her resume, but she has yet to win the APPT Macau and the APOY. We wish her the best of luck in reaching her goals.

You can read the rest of Celina Lin’s blog here.

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