Macau, China, June 22, 2017 – After a fun filled nine days in the gambling hub of the east, the Asian Poker Tour wrapped up its latest festival, the APT Macau 2017. The event was held at the Macau Billionaire Poker room in Babylon Casino, and it was the first-ever collaboration between the APT and MBP. Nonstop poker action took place from June 14th – June 22nd with a HKD 19,800 entry APT Main Event headliner plus a total of sixteen APT signature side events.
Now that all the event trophies have been claimed, it’s time to take a look at all the top stories, the big winners, and the final results of the APT Player of the Series race.
Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa dominates the APT Player of the Series race
APT Macau 2017 Player of the Series, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa
What a spectacular week it was for Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa! He stormed into the APT Macau 2017, championed two events, and cashed in three others. Here are his impressive stats:
1st place – Ante Up for Charity
1st place – 6 Handed Turbo
2nd place – No Limit Holde’m 2
6th place – Opening Event HKD 300,000 Guaranteed
8th place – Head Hunter
With these brilliant achievements, Tsuchikawa fully dominated the APT Player of the Series race. In addition to his two event trophies, he received the APT POS 1st place Trophy, exclusive APT POS Ring, and an exclusive luxury Meister watch. He also qualified into the Game of Champions.
Kilian Loeffler and Hajime Iwakura win APT Player of the Series Trophies
The APT Player of the Series race also awarded Germany’s Kilian Loeffler a trophy for coming in second in points and Japan’s Hajime Iwakura for securing the third spot. They each qualified into the Game of Champions. Here’s a look at their deep runs:
-Loeffler finished 8th at the APT Main Event and 5th at the Warm Up event
-Iwakura placed 5th at the APT Main Event and 3rd at the 6 Handed Turbo
Malaysia’s Choong Kian Weng is the newest APT Main Event champion
APT Macau Main Event Champion, Choong Kian Weng
The APT Main Event crowned its newest champion, Malaysia’s Choong Kian Weng. Weng outlasted a field of 118 entries to ship in the largest payout of the series, the HKD 521,000 first prize. Weng tore through the field at nearly every qualifying round and was invincible at the final heads up battle against Vietnam’s Dang Van Hien. This was his first APT Main Event title and undeniably, it was very well-deserved. Live Updates here.
Japan’s Kosei Ichinose wins the High Rollers
High Rollers Champion, Kosei Ichinose
Another big payout was at the High Rollers event with 20 highly decorated players in attendance. Freezing Vietnamese pro Linh Tran in his place during the heads up round was Japanese pro Kosei Ichinose who had a very strong inkling it was his game to win. And he was most certainly right. Ichinose won the HKD 248,000 first prize. Days later, he also ran deep at the Monster Stack event, finishing up in 3rd place.
Zurvan Tumboli opens up the series with a victory for India
Opening Event Champion, Zurvan Tumboli
There were quite a number of players from India performing very well at the series. One of them was Zurvan Tumboli who immediately took down the Opening Event 300K Guaranteed. Tumboli also cashed at the APT Main Event for his 12th place berth, and at the final event of the series, the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo, Tumboli lasted all the way to 3rd place. In total, he pocketed a cool six figures HKD 128,900.
That wraps up our nine-day series here in Macau. This was our eighth visit and are looking forward to many more to come. For now, we would like to congratulate all the winners and express our gratitude to all the players who came out to support our APT Macau 2017 event. We would also like to thank the staff for helping ensure everything ran smoothly.
Our next stop is APT Southeast Asia 2017 – Cambodia –Thailand at the DNA Star Vegas Casino & Club. The event is literally right around the corner, running from July 1-7, 2017. Click here for all the details.
See you there!