Elliot Smith Clinches PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event

Elliot Smith

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Poker Pro Elliot Smith won the PokerStars Championship Macau 2017 Main Event bagging more than HK$2.8 million beating Chinese Tianyuan ‘Terry’ Tang, who finished second for HK$2,577,000.

Smith was long due, overcoming a draught after winning the partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Prague for $83,563 in early December 2015.

After the victory, Smith recalled, “ The lead changed probably 10 times, and hats off to my opponent, he played fantastic."

The seven day event attracted 536 hopefuls creating a prize pool of HK$20,796,800. Though there were numerous international pros participating, the final table mostly saw newbies.

Final Table Review

Action was fast at six-handed and reached heads up stage in about two hours. Both Tang and Smith took eliminations alternately.

Pete Chen lost out when his pocket tens were felled by Tang’s pocket jacks and was out at sixth.

Smith then decimated Aymon Hata at fifth and Tang went on to bust Avraham Oziel at fourth place. Daniel Laidlaw was next. He had the better Ace-Ten versus Smith’s King-Five. But Smith received another five on the board and Laidlaw exited at third place.

Thereafter a deal was struck with both players getting HK$2,577,500 each, with the trophy and an extra HK$300,000 left for the eventual champion.

It took 11 hours for the outcome, which arrived with Smith holding against Tang’s pocket sixes. Tang made a set on the flop , but both the turn and the river had spades giving Smith a flush to clinch the title and a payday of HK$2,877,500.

Final Standings

1. Elliot Smith - $2,877,500*

2. Terry Tang - $2,577,000*

3. Daniel Laidlaw - $1,724,000

4. Avraham Oziel - $1,280,000

5. Aymon Hata - $950,000

6. Pete Chen - $705,000

7. Yan Li - $521,000

8. Xuan Tan - $386,000