APPT: Blain Captures Macau Main Event; Chan Runner Up in High Rollers

You can call it the luck of the Irish all you want but Dermot Blain would rather you just call him champion after he captured the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event Sunday night.

Mike Kim was the final player eliminated by Blain on his way to the title and the $541,089 first place prize money. When heads-up play began Blain had a nearly 8-1 advantage after being responsible for the first two eliminations of the night and the elimination of local favorite Daoxing Chen in third place. Only 11 minutes later Blain collected his fourth scalp of the night when he sent Kim out as runner-up. Kim collected $384,999 while Chen walked away with $239,327.

APPT Macau Main Event Final Table Payouts

  1. Dermot Blain – $541,089
  2. Mike Kim – $384,999
  3. Daoxing Chen – $239,327
  4. Darkhan Botabayev – $166,497
  5. Pontus Kers – $114,464
  6. Jicheng Su – $74,923
  7. Dbinder Singh – $52,033
  8. Brandon Demes – $41,621
  9. Stefan Hjorthall – $31,222

But while the Main Event was wrapping up one of the biggest stories in APPT history was taking place at the final table of the High Rollers event. With a buy-in of$11,000 the event attracted some of the biggest names in poker but none bigger than two-time WSOP Main Event champion Johnny Chan. The player dubbed “the Orient Express” nearly took down the 64-player event but was bested by Russia’s Vladimir Geshkenbein in heads-up play. Chan collected $154,400 wile Geshkenbein walked away with $266,690.

APPT Macau High Rollers Final Table Payouts

  1. Vladimir Geshkenbein – $266,690
  2. Johnny Chan – 154,400
  3. Neil Arce – $84,218
  4. Danny Huynh – $63,164
  5. Grant Levy – $49,127
  6. In Wook Choi – $35,091
  7. Young Kim – $28,073
  8. Nicholas Wong – $21,055
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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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