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Tom Alner Wins Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon for HK$823,000

Tom Alner

England's Tom Alner has recorded a few nice results from the Asia-Pacific region, and more specifically from Macau. On Sunday, Alner won the third installment of the 2013 Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon for HK$823,000 (approximately $106,000) after defeating a field of 645 entrants, locking up his best result ever from the region.

After a four-handed deal was made between Alner, Jason Chong, Wilson Fu, and Victor Sheerman, Alner walked away with the title. Alner has scores of $78,189, $38,543, and 5,491 from the home of Asia's largest gaming market, but those have all taken a backseat to this result he just earned.

Final Table Results

1Tom AlnerUKHK$823,000*
2Jason ChongSingaporeHK$758,000*
3Wilson FuChinaHK$827,000*
4Victor SheermanRussiaHK$853,000*
5Thomas WardNew ZealandHK$317,000
6Brian YipHong KongHK$253,000
7Frank MaleyAustraliaHK$206,000
8Joao de CastroPortugalHK$158,000
9Shinichi TakenouchiJapanHK$126,578

*Denotes four-handed deal.

The final day’s play began with 21 players vying for the title, but they dropped like proverbial flies in the excellent PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dream cardroom. Genie Li, Mei Ngok and Fanny Li were the first three players eliminated and they were followed to the cashier’s desk by Chen Chin Wu, Kelvin Ka Wing Wong, Chong Hwee Tan, Wee Yee Tan, Akira Ohyama, Fan Cao and Lap Kay Chan.

LK Chan’s exit meant the final table of nine was set, a final table that lined up as follows:

1Joao Pedro de Castro590,000
2Victor Sheerman1,280,000
3Frank Maley185,000
4Shinichi Takenouchi1,550,000
5Brian Yip2,065,000
6Tom Alner1,420,000
7Jason Chong655,000
8Chuanyu “Wilson” Fu965,000
9Thomas Ward845,000

Shinichi Takenouchi was the first casualty of the final table; Takenouchi made a move with {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs} on a {3-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} board only to run slap-bang into the pocket aces of Thomas Ward. Takenouchi couldn’t find any of his outs and he exited in ninth place.

Within 30-minutes of Takenouchi’s elimination, two other players lost their stacks and aw their tournaments end. Joao Pedro de Castro open-shoved his relatively short stack with {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades} and fell foul of the {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} of Frank Maley, then Maley lost his new found chips – and the rest of his stack –when he committed his stack with {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} on a {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{10-Spades}{j-Diamonds} board, only to discover Ward had flopped a full house with his {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The river bricked and Maley busted.

Two more hours passed before another exit occurred. Brian Yip had dominated proceedings since his opening flight, but he fell short of a deserved win when he crashed in sixth place. First, Yip was caught with his fingers in the cookie jar when his {3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} was snapped off by the {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} on a {2-Clubs}{j-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop, then he moved his last 175,000 chips (blinds 40,000/80,000) with what turned out to be {10-Spades}{4-Spades} and ran into Jason Chong’s {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}. Yip found no help from the {6-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{5-Spades}{8-Spades} board and it was game over for the talented player.

The final five players locked horns for the best part of 90-minutes before something finally gave and one of the busted. New Zealand’s Ward first shipped his stack in with {k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and was called by Alner’s {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The Brit caught a queen on the flop, which improved to a straight by the river. That hand left Ward extremely short of chips and in the need of a double up. He attempted to get that double up when Wilson Fu put him all in from the small blind. Ward called and showed {j-Hearts}{8-Spades} and was behind to Fu’s {a-Diamonds}{3-Spades}. Neither player improved by the river, Ward’s exit was confirmed.

With Ward out of the way, the four surviving players paused the clock and discussed a potential deal. Twenty minutes of discussions and a deal based on ICM was agreed on that left the $100,000 ACOP Main Event seat up for grabs for the eventual winner.

Despite a deal being agreed upon, it took more than two hours for the tournament to be completed. Victor Sheerman was the chip leader at the time of the deal, but was the first of the quartet eliminated.

Sheerman tried his luck with {a-Spades}{3-Diamonds} but did not bank on Alner calling with {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}. Sheerman caught a trey on the {4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts} flop, but couldn’t find any more outs and was busted from the tournament.

Fu then moved all in with {a-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and Alner’s mini-heater continued when he called with the dominating {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. The board ran out {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{a-Clubs} to bring Alner’s jack-kicker into play and leave Fu wondering what could have been.

Alner went into the heads-up match with a 7,900,000 to 1,600,000 lead over Chong and it only took two hands to press home that advantage. Chong moved all in on the first hand and won the blinds and antes. The second hand saw Alner ship his stack in with {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Chong call with {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. The {7-Hearts}{8-Spades}{9-Spades} flop gifted Alner a set of sevens and Chong an open-ended straight draw. That draw failed to come in as the turn and river were the {a-Diamonds} and {2-Hearts} respectively to send the title to Alner.

Photo courtesy of Kenneth Lim and the PokerStars Blog.

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