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Adrien Allain Wins APT Macua Main Event

Poker News - August 23rd, 2009 - Written by Bruce

The 2009 Asian Poker Tour's Macau Main Event got underway three days ago with 326 of the world's best poker players. When the final table was complete on Saturday night, Adrien Allain had managed to navigate through a tough field taking home the title. For his victory, Allain earned a massive payday of $391,556. Amazingly, Allain qualified for the tournament in a five dollar online satellite tournament. He used some great play along with a bit of luck, to parlay his five dollars into quite a nice payday. One of the key hands for Allain at the final table was when his 4-5 bested the 8-8 of an opponent. All of the chips went in on a flop of A 4 3, and when a 2 hit the turn Allain completed his straight which shot him up the leader board.

When the final table got underway, young poker pro Inwook Choi was the tournament chip leader. Of the final nine players, five of them entered the final table on the short stack. The first elimination occurred rather quickly, as Casey Kastle's K-K was unable to hold up against the 9-9 of Adrien Allain. Castle was no doubt disappointed after busting out, but he could take some solace knowing that he became the first player in APT history to make three straight final tables. After a few more eliminations, Allain busted another player when his K-K held up against Michael Woo's Q-6 suited. This eliminated Woo in sixth place, meaning that the first four players had been eliminated within twenty minutes of the final table starting.

Well known poker pro J.C. Tran, survived the final table madness to make it down to three handed play. Tran survived one double up, when his A-7 bested the A-Q of Adrien Allain. This put the dangerous Chan back into contention, but his tournament came to an end just a few hands later. With still the smallest chip stack, Tran decided to once again go all in this time holding A-8. Both Adrien Allain and Inwook Choi made the call, and Allain's A-Q was good enough to knock out Chan in third place. For his efforts, Chan took home a nice payday of $117,470. When heads up play began, Allain held a two to one chip advantage over Choi. It did not take long to crown a winner, as the two players got all in a few hands later. Choi looked to be in great shape as his AQ was way ahead of Allain's A3. When the board came 7 2 3 J J, Allain's pair of threes was good enough to earn him the title. For Choi's deep run in the tournament, he took home a healthy $214,158. After three days of ups and downs, it was Adrien Allain who outlasted 329 players taking home the title. Congratulations go out to Adrien Allen for winning the 2009 Asian Poker Tour's Macau Main Event.

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