The HK$19,800 APT Macau 2017 Main Event drew 118 runners taking the prize pool up to a huge HK$2,039,000.
After four days of nail-biting poker action, it was Malaysia’s Choong Kian Weng who reigned victorious and earned the title along with the APT Championship Ring and HK$521,000 (roughly INR 43.14 Lakhs) in prize money.
Shravan Chhabria was the sole Indian to make it to the final day. He started with the second shortest stack but he steadied himself well to make a third place finish for HK$211,000 (INR 17.45 Lakhs)
He began strongly and assimilated a few chips in just the second hand of the Main Event to propel his stack to 420,000. However, he lost a big pot an hour later to eventual champion Weng and came down to 265,000.
Chhabria kept on making impressive moves but he lost another big pot to Saul Oliver and moved further down to 120,000 in chips. The hit didn`t affect the recently married Mumbai poker pro who has a wealth of experience playing poker in India. Chhabria eventually managed to get back in the game with 270,000.
Chhabria was now up to 1.6 million chips and even chipped up to 1.8 million at his zentih but was still the shortest stack when the three-handed play started and unfortunately that’s where he met his tournament demise. Chhabria moved all-in against the eventual champions, but the board did not support him. He exited at third place with HK$211,000 in his pocket.
The heads-up tussle between Dang Van Hien and Choong Kian Weng began with Hien in the lead and in half an hour’s time it was Weng who lifted the coveted trophy.
Final Table Standings (HKD)
1. Choong Kian Weng – HK$521,000
2. Dang Van Hien – HK$304,800
3. Shravan Chhabria – HK$211,000
4. Saul Oliver – HK$153,900
5. Hajime Iwakura – HK$127,400
6. Peng Fei Liu – HK$105,000
7. Xu Dong Hui – HK$86,700
8. Kilian Loeffler – HK$72,400
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