Dermot Blain Wins APPT Macau Main Event

The PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event has ended and it was Dermot Blain who outlasted the 429 player field to take the first place win. The $5,000 no limit hold’em tournament saw nine players return for final table play and with just over $2 million in prize money, the players were ready to fight for the top finish.

The first to be eliminated from final table play was Stefan Hjorthall. Pontus Kers went up against Hjorthall with pocket aces and they were too strong for Hjorthall’s pocket nines. Brandon Dems went out in eighth place after Blain knocked him out with pocket kings.

Blain would then knock out the seventh place finisher, Dbinder Singh with an ace in the hole against Singh’s pocket queens. The next few players to go would be Jicheng Su, Pontus Kers, Darkhan Botabayev and Daoxing Chen. This would leave Blain and Mike Kim to compete in heads up play.

Blain had gained quite a few chips by knocking out a few players in final table play so he had just over 7 million while Kim only had 920,000. It only took four hands for Blain to claim his victory. On the final hand Blain moved all in preflop and Kim made the call. Blain showed K-10 and Kim showed 10-9. The board ran A-10-3-J-8 and Kim was finished, leaving Blain to earn the $541,089 first place prize.

Final Results:

1: Dermot Blain — $541,089
2: Mike Kim — $484,999
3: Daoxing Chen — $239,327
4: Darkhan Botabayev — $166,497
5: Pontus Kers — $114,464
6: Jicheng Su — $74,923
7: Dbinder Singh — $52,033
8: Brandon Demes — $41,621
9: Stefan Hjorthall — $31,222

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