Alan Lau Wins 2017 Red Dragon Main Event

From February 3rd-19th, the PokerStars Macau Poker Cup 26 took place at the City of Dreams in China’s only legalized gambling resort of Macau. The 17 day poker festival subsequently culminated in its flagship HK$15,000 Red Dragon Main Event, which this year attracted a record 1,216 entries, and was eventually won by Hong Kong pro Alan Lau for HK$3,265,000 (US$420,000).
Alan Lau had previously won $244,571 playing live tournaments, including taking down a preliminary HK$10k No Limit Hold’em event at this year’s series for HK$261,900 (US$33,751). Following his latest victory in Macau, Lau has now almost tripled his life-time earnings
Alan Lau entered the final table behind only Taiwan’s Chien Fa Chou in chips. Lau (10-10) then proceeded to oust Edwin Gerard (6-6) from the competition in 5th, before being dealt A-Q and doing likewise to Apoorva Goel (A-2) in 3rd to take a 5-1 chip lead over Chien Fa Chou into heads-up play.
Ten hands later, Chien Fa Chou was reduced to just 10bbs when he then shoved preflop holding K-8, only to be called by his opponent with a dominating K-J. The Q-2-7-9-K board which ensued changed nothing, and so Chou finished the runner-up, while Lau secured the title, and the biggest score of his professional career.
Final Table Results:
1: Alan Lau (HK) HK$3,265,000
2: Chien Fa Chou (TWN) HK$1,954,000
3: Apoorva Goel (IND) HK$1,163,000
4: Yang Zhang (CHN) HK$840,000
5: Edwin Gerard (USA) HK$570,000
6: Liang Xu (CHN) HK$411,500
7: Bobby Zhang (AUS) HK$348,000
8: Zhen Wen (CHN) HK$300,500
9: Jun Liu (CHN) HK$253,720
Next up on the PokerStar’s calendar in Macau is the ACOP Platinum Series 17, which will be held from March 3rd to 12th. The 10-day series will subsequently feature 14 individual events, all of which will award Asia Player of the Year points, including a HK$5,500 Main Event with a guaranteed HK$500,000 prize pool. Those players managing a top 10 finish in any of the tournaments will receive an entry into the ACOP Platinum Series Playoffs to be held online at PokerStars on September 24th.

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