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Frenchman grabs APT Macau title
Besting a final table that included veteran pro Casey Kastle, 2009 Aussie Millions High Roller champ David Steicke and APT Poker Pack superstar J.C. Tran, 23-year-old Frenchman Adrien Allain took down the 2009 APT Macau main event title Sunday.
"I'm overwhelmed, this is so wonderful," the Rennes, France native said. "I qualified for this tournament through a $5 lottery tournament on PKR and end up beating all these top players."
The win was worth approximately $391,547, slaughtering the recently turned pro's career best cash of $8,000.
When play began at the Starworld Hotel and Casino at noon Macau time Kastle was almost immediately the first out, busting on the third hand of his third consecutive APT final table.
Winifred Yu, who was in Macau working as a member of the crew for the Chinese film 'Poker King' being shot during the event, busted next, followed by Christer Hallberg, Michael Woo and Chris Chau.
Steicke, who added to his growing poker resume by taking down the Poker Pack High Rollers event earlier in the week, was the next out, leaving Allain three-handed with Inwook Choi and the formidable Tran.
Choi then made a straight to bust a short stacked Tran and get heads up.
Eventually Choi got all his chips in the middle with ace-queen dominating Allain's ace-three, but the Frenchman hit a miraculous three to book the win.
"It is disappointing not to take down the Main Event, but congratulations to Alain," Tran said.
"He played good poker and is a deserving champion. To take down such a major tournament for just $5 is quite something - there's no doubt he has great potential."
There were a total of 326 entrants at the Asian Poker Tour Macau main event with a total prize pool of HK$10,919,040.