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Young leads record ACOP field

Written by Ben Blaschke

Fresh from winning his maiden WSOP bracelet in Melbourne just a few weeks ago, Australian young gun Rory Young heads into day two of the ACOP Main Event as chip leader and in prime position to take aim at another major title.

But the biggest talking point from the PokerStars LIVE Macau room last night was the record field of 287 players who took their seats at City of Dreams – a huge increase on the 203 who took part last year and easily the biggest field ever for the ACOP Main Event.

Rory Young

Rory Young

Although some had been tossing around a figure of 300, APPT President Danny McDonagh told World Gaming earlier this week that he would be thrilled with 250 and that figure was easily smashed with arguably the strongest field ever seen in the region turning out.

Among the starters were WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem, Jonathan Duhamel and Greg Merson, renowned pros Isaac Haxton, Mike McDonald, Sorel Mizzi, Joseph Cheong, Bertrand Grospellier, Randy Lew, Eugene Katchalo and Tobias Reinkemeier, Big One for One Drop winner Daniel Colman and ACOP Super High Roller champ Steve O’Dwyer.

The local contingent was also well represented with Raymond Wu, Celina Lin, Bryan Huang and Vivian Im among the starters.

With a total prize pool in excess of HK$27 million – well above the HK$15 million guarantee – 172 players will return today to play another five 90-minute levels.

ACOP Main Event Top 10 chip counts

  1. Rory Young (Australia) – 150,100
  2. Jian Yang (China) – 147,600
  3. Dong Guo (Canada) – 120,400
  4. Daniel Colman (USA) – 102,900
  5. Anson Yan Shing Tsang (Hong Kong) – 101,600
  6. Connor Drinan (Mexico) – 99,000
  7. Dmitry Kataev (Russia) – 98,500
  8. Pakinai Lisawad (Thailand) – 97,000
  9. Julius Collman (Australia) – 95,300
  10. Joseph Cheong (USA) – 94,300