The final table of the PokerStars APPT Macau Main Event was definitely star-studded. With 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem, Poker Diva Liz Lieu and professional video gamers Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and Guillame Patry, the name-recognition factor was high for the final table of the first ever, major international poker tournament held in China. After a long day’s work at the final table, Dinh Le went from chip leader, to start the day, to champion at the end, as he claimed the first ever APPT Macau Main Event crown.
The chip stacks looked like this as the Main Event kicked off -
Dinh Le – 710,000
Guillaume Patry – 575,000
Ivan Tan – 549,000
Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier – 455,000
Sangkyoun Kim – 422,000
William Tan – 293,000
Liz Lieu – 232,000
Simon Randall – 159,000
Joe Hachem – 130,000
The short stacks didn’t waste any time mixing it up, and after a short period of testing the final table waters, Simon Randall got all his chips in the middle with and found one caller in Sangkyoun Kim, with . Kim caught a King on the flop, and another on the river for good measure to send Randall home with 9th-place money ($16,192).
Joe Hachem followed soon after, suffering a rough beat from Sangkyoun Kim. Hachem re-raised Kim preflop, and Kim re-raised enough to put Hachem all in. Hachem quickly called and tabled pocket Aces, and Kim showed his . The flop of gave Kim four outs to the straight, which he hit on the turn with the . No help on the river for Hachem, and he went to the rail in 8th place ($24,288). Liz Lieu was next to fall when her preflop all in move with got one caller from Guillaume Patry’s hammer – . Patry rivered trips on a board of and the Poker Diva was eliminated in 7th ($32,384).
Six players made it to the dinner break, and their chip stacks looked like this -
Seat 3) William Tam, Australia (148,000)
Seat 4) Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Korea (244,000)
Seat 6) Dinh Le, England (1,111,000)
Seat 7) Guillaume Patry, South Korea (343,000)
Seat 8) Sangkyoun Kim, South Korea (734,000)
Seat 9) Ivan Tan, Singapore (945,000)
It didn’t take long after dinner before William Tan got all in against Sangkyoun Kim. When the dust settled, the board read , and Kim dragged the pot with two pair, Ace kicker, and Tan went to the rail in 6th place, good for $40,480.
Bertrand Grospellier and Guillaume Patry were former roommates, and the old friends followed each other to the rail in back-to-back hands. Grospellier fell first, when his all in shove with found a caller in Dinh Le with . Le picked up a pair of nines on the flop, and dodged the Aces to send Grospellier home in 5th ($48,576). Patry shoved all in on a steal with on the next hand and ran into Sangkyoun Kim’s pocket Queens. Kim’s Queens held up and Patry was busted in 4th place for $56,672.
After a brief three-handed bout, Kim found two callers for his all-in move with , as Ivan Tam and Dinh Le both called. The board ran out 0, giving Tan and Le a pair of Aces for a chop, and sending Kim home in 3rd place for $72,864.
Le took a slight chip lead into heads up play, and made the most of it just a few hands later, as he got all his money in the middle with against Tan’s . The board came down , and Tan was the runner up ($129,536) as Dinh Le was crowned the first ever APPT Macau Champion, taking home $222,640 for the win.