13 days from now, ACOP will begin and given the success of the previous season, several poker professionals are expected to participate. Among those who have already announced their intention of playing at the Asia Championship of Poker are several Team PokerStars members. Among them is Randy Lew who won the APPT Macau Main event three years ago, as well as Bertrand Grospellier, Vivian Im, Bryan Huang and Celina Lin.
For these poker pros, but also for all those who plan on making Macau an important milestone in their schedule for this year, winning the HK$100,000 buy-in ACOP Main Event is the number one priority. The first prize frequently surpasses the HK$3 million threshold and organisers expect a new record to be set in 2013. It comes as no surprise that players such as Aaron Lim, Johnny Chan, Jonathan Karamalikis or Billy Argyros are also among those who confirmed their presence in Macau starting on October 28.
Another prominent tournament in the circuit is the HK$250,000 High Roller event scheduled for the first weekend of November. Macau is famous for being the place where highrollers gather to play for serious cash and just a couple of months ago Niklas Heinecker won HK$34 million in another PokerStars event, namely the GuangDong Ltd Asia millions. While the PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour is celebrating its seventh edition, this is only the second Asia Championship of Poker event.
Xing Zhou emerged victorious in the opening edition, and received a total amount of HK$3,547,500 after defeating Ying Kit Chan in a heads-up marathon. Interestingly enough, the winner was crowned at the end of a flip blind, with both players going all-in without even looking at the cards. This is not something that happens too often at high-stakes poker tables, but after six hours of play it is easy to understand why the two players were willing to flip for the title.
Ying Kit Chan improved his hand to two pairs, but unfortunately the same card helped Xing Zhou make a straight and brought him the title. Money wise, both players received the same amount so there were no hard feelings at the end of the tournament. As a result of winning the ACOP, Xing Zhou also added his name on the list of PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour where he has a select company.
These are the six players who emerged victorious in the six seasons played so far: