It was one of poker’s greatest names that took down the 2014 PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller, that is Taiwanese-American JJ Liu. Liu, who was inducted to The Women in Poker Hall of Fame two years ago, won HK$1,4200 ($183,000) for her first-place finish.
At the final table were notable names as French-Chinese Rui Cao, Sweden’s Magnus Karlsson and China’s Quan Zhou. Only seven players would leave the table with a paycheck which meant that it took about two hours to play down to seven.
After the bubble burst, Zongyao Zhang quickly went out in 7th place, followed by Huidong Gu in 6th place and Magnus Karlsson in 5th. Soon after Rui Cao was sent to the rail in 4th place. After Cao’s bust, a deal between the final three players — Quan Zhou, JJ Liu, and Chen Wang — was discussed. As reported by PokerNews there was some controversy around the deal because Zhou wanted the first-place points towards the Asia Poker Player of the Year Race, but in the end a deal was agreed upon.
Even though JJ Liu entered third-handed play as the short stack with 1,50 million in chips to Chen Wangs 1,65 million and Quan Zhou’s 2,74 million, it was Wang who was eliminated in third place (HK$1,078,000). The heads-up battle lasted for around an hour and the chip lead changed a few times. When Liu finally doubled up through Zhou for a second time, she took a commanding lead and went on to claim victory. For his runner-up finish Zhou took home HK$1,275,000.
JJ Liu is currently ranked #6 on the Women’s All Time Money list. With her latest score she is now up to $2,894,471 in live tournament winnings.