With the biggest live tournament win of his poker career, Steve Sung is already looking forward to even more success. The Poker Pack member confirmed his participation in this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Asian Poker Tour Macau 2009 event just hours after winning Event #4 at the 40th World Series of PokerÃ‚Â®.
Sung, a prominent figure in high-stakes online cash games, outlasted a field of 6,102 and dominated the final table to take first place in the $1,000 No Limit Hold Ã¢â‚¬ËœEm event, which was the biggest non-main-event tournament in history. He cemented his victory with pocket kings winning against pocket eights to pick up his first-ever WSOPÃ‚Â® bracelet in addition to $771,106 in prize money.
Afterward, the Korea-born pro talked about how excited he was to get the win. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I pick up my first bracelet in a field of over six thousand Ã¢â‚¬â€œ what a great way to kick off the WSOP!Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hopefully I continue to run good all the way up to the Asian Poker Tour event in Macau, which will be the biggest tournament in Asia to date. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be there with my buddies from The Poker Pack and it would be great if one of us wins it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The victory pushes Steve SungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career live tournament winnings to almost $3 million. His previous biggest payday was when he took second place at the 2008 Bay 101 Shooting Stars $9,600 No Limit Hold Ã¢â‚¬ËœEm Championship for $585,000 in winnings.
The Poker Pack is a team of specially selected players of Asian origin who are ambassadors for the Asian Poker Tour. The group is composed of JC Tran, Nam Le, Quinn Do, David Ã¢â‚¬Å“ChinoÃ¢â‚¬Â Rheem, Steve Sung, and Kwang Soo Lee. Together, the six have approximately $23 million in live tournament winnings.
Asian Poker Tour Macau 2009 will be held at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau from August 12 to 23, 2009. Buy-in is set at HK $32,000 + $2,400 (approximately US $4,300).