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He is Nanonoko! Lew Wins APPT Macau
Randy “nanonoko” Lew is the 2011 APPT Macau champion after defeating Jimmy Pan heads-up for the title at the Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau today.
Lew wins his first major live tournament title and takes home 3,772,000 HKD ($483,902 USD).
The Team PokerStars Online pro and famed multi-tabler worked his magic on just one table for a change, coming into the final table dead last in chips but working his way up to the chip lead by the time play hit four-handed.
German Fabian Spielmann and Australian Jeff Rossiter battled for the chip lead early, both getting up to around 4 million in chips, but neither could sustain the momentum through to the end of the tournament.
Lew, however, just kept accumulating chips, busting Kai Yat Fam in sixth and then Zuo Wang in fifth in a monster pot to take the chip lead.
In the scale-tipping hand, according to the PokerStars blog, Wang shoved for his last 530,000 and got calls from Rossiter and Lew in the blinds.
Both Rossiter and Lew checked on the 7♠ A♣ 9♣ flop and T♦ turn.
The river 8♦ brought a check from Lew and a 700k bet from Rossiter. Lew bumped it to 1.7 million and Rossiter quickly called with his J♣ T♣ for the jack-high straight.
Lew flipped over the Q♦ J♣ for the queen-high straight, good enough to beat Rossiter and Wang’s set of nines.
Rossiter managed to regain the chip lead three-handed after he busted Spielmann in fourth and looked like he may seize control, but lost a big flip to Lew with AJ against tens and was eventually eliminated in third.
Lew and Pan battled back and forth fairly evenly over a couple of dozen hands before Lew charged back into the lead, getting it in with sixes against A9 and hitting a six on the flop.
He finished Pan off a few hands later when he hit two pair on the flop to Pan’s top pair.
Lew boosts his career live poker tournament earnings to just over $600,000 with the win.
Hong Kong-based High Roller specialist David Steicke also made the final table but was the first to bust in ninth.
Day 3 chip leader Sangeeth Mohan was the final-table bubble buy, busting in tenth.
For a full recap of all the key hands, check the PokerStars blog.
For more on the legend that is nanonoko, check out his short I Am Nanonoko documentary here.