2010 APT Macau Main Event Won By Zhang Dan Peng

Chinese player Zhang Dan Peng has just won the 2010 APT Macau Main Event, after defeating a field of 161 players over four days to take down the title, and collect the HK$1.68 million (US$215,000) first place prize.
Playing in his first ever live poker tournament, the 18-year old from Guangzhou only qualified for the HK$32,500 ($2,500) buy-in event via a satellite. Commenting on his remarkable victory, Peng said:
“I’m incredibly happy and really, really lucky to have won in my first tournament, especially as so many great players were here. I joined APT Macau to accompany my friend who lost, but I managed to progress. I honestly had no expectations before the final table and would have been happy with any result.”
Zhang Dan Peng played a gutsy, aggressive game to make it through to the final 18 on Day 3, and just three hours later he had booked himself a place at the following days eight man final table.
The finalists included Sunny Jung (South Korea), Zhang Dan Peng (China), Bjoern Wiesler (Germany), Elton Tsang (Hong Kong), Sparrow Cheung Park Yu (Hong Kong), Daniel Neilson (Australia), Sunny Jung (South Korea), and Li You Nan (China).
Eventually, Zhang Dan Peng managed to get heads-up against Germany’s Bjoern Wiesler in a lightning battle which lasted just one hand.
Zhang pushed all-in holding A-2 to his opponent’s pocket sevens and managed to eliminate Wiesler in the runner-up position for HKD$920,000 (USD$117,000), while Zhang Dan Peng was crowned the 2010 APT Macau Main Event Champion worth US$215,000.
Congratulations to Zhang Dan Peng on his deserved win, and in the meantime another story emerging from Macau is the high-stakes poker battle currently being waged at the cash tables between wealthy Chinese businessman and many of the world’s top pros, including Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan. The latest update to this fascinating story can be found here.

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