Macau Asia Pacific Poker Tournaments

Dates

Season Two – 1-9 September 2008

Buy-in

$3200

Prize Pool

$1.3 million guaranteed

Entrants

1000 expected

Venue

Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino

Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus

Taipa, Macau

Tel: (853) 2 888 6888

Fax: (853) 2 888 6889

Email: customers@grandwaldohotel.com

Getting there

Macau is a former Portuguese colony situated on mainland China and the easiest ways to get to Macau are either by ferry via Hong Kong or direct by air to the Macau International Airport situated on the island of Taipa.

Ferries to Macau from Hong Kong leave from various areas including Kowloon and Hong Kong Island but the most expedient way to get to Macau is from the ferry terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. This way, the traveller can avoid Hong Kong’s immigration and transfer directly to Macau. Passengers will board the ferry at the airport SkyPier, fares will be in the region of HK$150 – 200 and the service is operated by TurboJet Sea Express.

Several budget airlines currently fly directly into Macau International situated on the island of Taipa but the bigger international carriers still prefer Hong Kong. There is a regular, cheap bus service between the airport and Macau that passes several stops on Taipa Island, the site of the Grand Waldo Hotel & Casino.

Season 1 Results Main Event

Tournament rookie and rank outsider, Dihn Le, took on some pretty tough opponents in the 352-man field to claim the maiden APPT title and over $200 000 in cash. Dihn, of Vietnamese stock now living and working in London, had poker pros in abundance trying to wrestle the maiden title from him, but his ultra-aggressive style of play and his uncanny adeptness at bluffing saved the day for the shy 27-year-old.

After knocking out lofty rivals Hachem and Grospellier, it was just a matter of time before ‘All-in’ Dinh was facing online qualifier, William Tan, from Singapore, in the heads-up. Eight hands later Dinh took one look at his hand and raised 240 000 which Tan immediately bumped up to 720 000.

Dinh, impetuous as always, lived up to his nickname and went all-in. Tan called, Dinh showed pocket eights to Tan’s A-10 and when the board showed 6-5-Q-2-J, it was all over for the luckless Tan.

Final Table

  1. Dihn Le (Vietnam) – $222 640
  2. Ivan Tan (Singapore) – $129 536
  3. Sangkyoun Kim (South Korea) – $72 864
  4. Guillaume Patry (Canada) – $56 672
  5. Bertrand Grospellier (France) – $48 576
  6. William Tam (Australia) – $ 40 480
  7. Liz Lieu (USA) – $32 384
  8. Joe Hachem (Australia) – $24 288
  9. Simon Randall (UK) – $16 192

Season 1 Results High Roller Event

  1. Eric Assadourian (Australia) – $368 640
  2. Bo Sehlstedt (Sweden) – $184 320
  3. David-Paul Streicke (Hong Kong) – $110 592
  4. Tong Ng (Hong Kong) – $82 944
  5. Emad Tahtouh (Australia) – $64 512
  6. John Juanda (USA) – $46 080
  7. Scott Numoto (USA) – $36 864
  8. Liz Lieu (USA) – $27 648