APT Macau Sees First Chinese Champ, Huge Cash Action

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2010 APT Macau champ Zhang Dan Peng.

18-year old Zhang Dan Peng from Guangzhou, China won the 2010 Asian Poker Tour Macau main event this weekend, collecting HK$1.678 million in the process.

Playing in his first ever tournament, Dan Peng became the first-ever Chinese APT Macau champion.

Although APT Macau drew just 161 players, among them were names like Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, and Tom "durrrr" Dwan.

Having picked up the game just six months ago, Dan Peng qualified for the event through a satellite.

“I’m incredibly happy and really, really lucky to have won in my first tournament, especially as so many great players were here,” Dan Peng said. “I honestly had no expectations before the final table and would have been happy with any result.”

“The Final Table was thrilling to watch and it was great to see a young, Chinese poker player do so well in his first tournament," said APT Chief Executive Officer Jeff Mann. "The 2010 APT Macau was a great success, our players from all over the world enjoyed themselves and this tournament has really set the bar in the region for the caliber of players.”

The City of Dreams entertainment complex played host to the nine-day poker festival that also included several side events.

According to reports from tournament director Matt Savage, Ivey, Dwan, John Juanda and Chau Giang were involved with some Chinese businessmen in a high stakes cash game inside the complex's Hard Rock Poker Room.

Savage called the cash games "some of the biggest in history" noting the HK$5,000-10,000 stakes played very big with about HK$40 million ($5M USD) on the table.

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