APT Macau crowns 18-year-old Chinese winner

APT Macau crowns 18-year-old Chinese winner

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Cue the Chinese poker boom? For the first time in its short history the APT Macau, made more famous this year for the high stakes cash action running alongside it, crowned a Chinese winner who took home HK$1,678,000 ($215,000) for beating a field of 161 including Phil Ivey, John Juanda and Tom “durrrr” Dwan – they quickly abandoned the event for the cash action.

Zhang Dan Peng arrived at the final table of his first ever poker tournament, having taken up the game six months ago, before making his way to heads-up play against 34-year-old Bjoern Wiesler and winning with A-2 against 7-7.

“I’m incredibly happy and really, really lucky to have won in my first tournament, especially as so many great players were here,” Zhang said. “I joined APT Macau to accompany my friend who lost, but I managed to progress. I honestly had no expectations before the final table and would have been happy with any result.”

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