Randy Lew Wins 2011 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event
The 2011 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event completed on Sunday after a long Day 4 of action. There were 15 players that returned to action on the last day of play, which made things last a tad bit longer than normal. At the start of the day, Sangeeth Mohan was the man in charge. He held the chip lead to enter the day, but wouldn't be the one walking away with the title. That man was Team PokerStars Online player Randy Lew. He topped Jimmy Pan in heads-up play to claim victory and earn himself HKD 3,772,000.
Sparrow Cheung was the first player eliminated on Day 4 and he was followed out the door by Josh Barrett, Tsugunari Toma, Daoxing Chen and Baton Fung before the tournament came to the final table bubble. Two tables were stacked with five players each with the final nine making the official APPT final table.
Falling on the final table bubble was the start-of-the-day chip leader Mohan. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000, Mohan opened from the button to 110,000. Kai Yat Fam was in the small blind and reraised to 380,000. Action moved back to Mohan and he four-bet to 710,000. Fam called.
The flop produced the and Fam checked to Mohan. Mohan bet all of his chips and Fam quickly called with the . Mohan had flopped top set with the , but wasn't in the clear yet. Fam held a big draw and spiked it on the turn when the fell to give him a flush. The river failed to pair the board and Mohan was eliminated to officially set the final table.
Final Table Seat Draw and Chip Counts
|6||Kai Yat Fam||4,515,000|
|9||Zheng Tai Tan||1,685,000|
The first player to be eliminated at the final table was the man with the most major final table experience, David Steicke. Steicke was crippled down to just a few big blinds before getting the last of his money in with the . He was up against Daniel Nordstrom and his . Despite flopping a straight draw on the board, the turn and river failed to give Steicke what he needed.
Next to go was Zheng Tai Tan in eighth place. He was all in preflop with pocket deuces, but crushed by Jeff Rossiter's pocket eights. The board ran out and Tan hit the rail.
Nordstrom went out in seventh place and he fell at the hands of Rossiter as well. Then, in sixth place, was Fam. He was eliminated by Lew. After that, Zuo Wang fell in fifth and Fabian Spielmann in fourth.
When three-handed play began, Rossiter held the chip lead, but it would all soon disappear. Rossiter got into a battle with Lew that saw the two flip for nine million chips. Lew held the and Rossiter the . Rossiter had five-bet all in with Lew making the call to put his tournament life on the line. A clean board of followed and Lew had secured a double up.
Rossiter was eliminated on the next hand when he shoved the button with the and ran into the for Jimmy Pan. The board ran out .
When heads-up play began, it was Lew who had the slight edge. He was up nine million to the 8.25 million for Pan. At the beginning of the match, Lew began to pull away, but then Pan doubled up to take the lead ten million to seven million. Lew stayed focused, though, and fought his way back in front. But then, he lost the lead again and saw himself back up against the wall.
Lew came storming back to the lead after his pocket sixes held up against the for Pan. Lew was all in preflop for around six million and flopped a set with a six in the window. That win gave him a big lead of 13 million to 4.25 million. and the match ended shortly thereafter.
On the final hand, Lew and Pan got all of the money in on the flop. Lew held the for top two pair and was up against the for Pan. The turn brought the , which left Pan needing just a king on the river. The fell and that was it. Pan was eliminated in second place while Team PokerStars Online's Lew took home the title.
This win is by far the largest of Lew's career. Prior to this score, his largest live cash came back in January when Lew took 10th place in the Aussie Millions Main Event for A$100,000.
Final Table Results
|6||Kai Yat Fam||653,000|
|8||Zheng Tai Tan||373,000|
Congratulations to all of the winners and especially to Randy Lew on his amazing victory! With that, PokerNews' coverage of the 2011 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event has wrapped up. Be sure to check back often for all of your live reporting needs.
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