Season 8 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, or APPT, is coming on strong in 2014 with its latest stop in Macau being the best tour event yet, organizers said. The leader board for the 2015 Asian Player of the Year keeps changing as interest in the tour keeps growing.
PokerStars LIVE Macau was the venue for APPT, which crowned Jiajun Liu of China with the top HK$2.75 million, or US$360,000, prize. The prize was enough to take Liu to second spot in the race for 2014 Asia Player of the Year.
Only Quan Zhou, also of China, is ahead of Liu. Zhou has posted impressive results at events like the Macau Millions and ACOP Platinum Series and took top prize at the APPT Seoul High Roller Event. Zhou finished second to Liu at the APPT Macau High Roller, which propelled him to top spot on the Asia Player of the Year tote board.
Another big event on the tour, the HK$100,000 buy-in tourney attracted 59 top players vying for a prize pool of more than HK$5.5 million. Zhou, Wang Chen, and top woman JJ Liu led the pack. They received identical third place Asia POY points
Chinese Taipei’s Yen Han Chen finished fifth at APPT Macau Main Event, which propelled him into third place overall on the 2014 Asia POY chart. Hao Chen of China is fourth, Cyril Andre’ of France in fifth, Victor Teng of Australia is Sixth and the pride of Mongolia, Buyanjargai Bold is seventh.
The Asia POY has his or her name inscribed permanently on the Asia POY trophy proudly exhibited at PokerStars LIVE Macau. The winner receives a special 2015 sponsorship from PokerStars LIVE Macau. The winner also gets free admission into some 2015 Asia poker tour events.