Xing Zhou has outlasted a star studded final table to win the APPT Macau: Asia Champion Of Poker Main Event.
The relative newcomer to poker took home the first prize of $454,808 after a long and at times tedious five day tournament.
“I’m not a regular in big tournaments like this. This is only my second major tournament. There were a lot of skillful players and I’m really tired,” Chou said through a translator.
“Being able to win this event and come first, I think I’m really lucky.”
Chou went into the final table as the chip leader but knew he was going to have a tough time against experienced players like Michael Kanaan, Alan Sass and Andrew Hinrichsen.
“At the beginning I was chip leader and my strategy was to take advantage of that chip lead and be aggressive,” Chou said.
“I wasn’t running really well, there was a couple of bad beats and the chip lead shifted a few times.”
Kanaan had the chip lead when the tournament went three-handed but lost a couple of major hands and was knocked out by Chou in third place.
Chou took an eight to one chip lead into the heads up-battle but wasn’t able to finish off Ying Kit Chan.
Chan fought back and eventually took the chip lead before it was regained by Zhou after five hours of heads-up play.
At this point both players were exhausted and after six hours decided to split the first and second place prizemoney and play the hand out blind for the title.
Zhou’s Ten-Six beat Chan’s Seven-Five to win the tournament in truly unique circumstances.
“After six hours of heads up, my body couldn’t take it anymore. I feel the skill level was almost the same, so if we continued it was going to be very tiring and wouldn’t make a lot of difference,” Zhou said.
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