Live Tournament news: Updates from APPT Jeju; WSOPC Marrakech and MSPT Venetian


News from three live tournaments on three different continents with three different tournament organisers. 




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Let’s prove it.

PokerStars is in Jeju, Korea for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), and Jiang Chen has taken down the KRW6 million (USD5,200) buy-in High Roller as the Main Event begins in earnest. It was a teeny-tiny field of 18-entrants, with five of the final six players hailing from China, including the man who won it.

Chen is a man on form.

In April, he finished 4/581 in the APPT Korea Main Event for $51,088, and second to Michael Soyza in the 65-entrant Super High Roller at the same series.

It’s Chen’s third live tournament victory, with his best score being his World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet win in 2005, beating 894-entrants to win the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $611,015.

Final table results

1. Jiang Chen – $53,400
2. Hao Tian – $37,000
3. Changyang Liu – $23,560
4. Xinglong Huang – $18,070
5. Shawn Busse – $14,140
6. Lei Yu – $11,000

APPT Jeju runs from 22 – 29 June

Philip Huxley wins the WSOPC Marrakech Main Event

An Englishman has won a World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring on African soil. Philip Huxley chose the €1,350 buy-in WSOPC Marrakech Main Event as the place to win his first five-figure buy-in live poker tournament.

Huxley had never been to Marrakech (something tells me he will be back), and he secured the win after agreeing upon a heads-up deal with André Marques. Huxley also wins a seat into the $10,000 Global Casino Championships scheduled for August 6-8 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina, where Huxley has the chance to win a WSOP bracelet.

You have to go back to 2012 to find his previous largest live score finishing runner-up to Berndt Gleissner in a €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo at the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Berlin earning €16,400.

Final table results

1. Philip Huxley – $99,632*
2. André Marques – $81435*
3. ROMI – $47,830
4. David Vergnes – $34,690
5. Javier Tsunamy – $26,805
6. Anthony Marchetti – $20,498
7. Florian Geiger – $16,309
8. Souhayl Fjer – $13,153
9. Sammy Berrehail – $11,048
*Heads-up deal

Linglin Zeng wins MSPT Main Event at the Venetian

Finally, Linglin Zeng has taken down the barking mad 2,472-entrant $1,600 buy-in Main Event Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Main Event at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

The former nurse turned hyper-aggressive live cash game player became the second female after Angelina Rich to win this event in the past four years after cutting a three-handed deal.

Zeng, who told the MSPT reporting team that “tournaments aren’t really my thing” overcame a final table brimming with top class talent including the 12th place finisher at the 2016 WSOP Main Event, Mike Shin, the former EPT Main Event Champion, Michael Tureniec, and the former Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) event winner, Javier Zarco.

It’s Zeng’s first live tournament win, although she did pick up $130,191 for a 5/1125 finish in a 2016 $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, and $103,449 for a 3/369 finish in 2017 $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout event, both at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Final table results

1. Linglin Zeng – $393,506*
2. Alessio Sabatini – $356,000*
3. Mike Shin – $334,000*
4. Michael Tureniec – $187,353
5. Oliver Price – $143,519
6. Yilong Wang – $113,119
7. Javier Zarco – $88,374
8. Donis Agnelli – $68,932
9. Brady Osterman – $54,792
*Three-handed deal