Apoorva Goel wins ACOP, first player from India ever to capture it

22 October 2013

From PokerstarsMacau

MACAU, CHINA – October 22, 2013 –

Amazing news for Indian poker!.

Today, Tuesday night, ‘PokerStars LIVE Macau’ awarded another 'Spadie' as the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Event 3: 6-Max Championship came to a close.

Apoorva Goel became the first player from India to win an 'ACOP Title Event' after beating 137 players in the 2-day event. In total, 16 players made the money for a share of the HK $1,328,900 in prize money.

It certainly didn't come easy for Goel, as heads up alone took more than 2 hours against 2011 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) winner Shaq Lin.

The two opponents eventually struck a deal which guaranteed each player HK $270,000 and they would play for the remaining HK $18,100 along with the title.

The final hand arrived soon after the deal was made. A series of raises and reraises saw the players get all their chips in preflop.

Lin turned over a massive hand with pocket queens (Qh-Qc) but ran into the pocket aces (Ad-Ac) of Goel.

It was only a quiet confidence for Goel -- who had his aces cracked earlier in the 1-on-1 duel -- but this time the best hand held up as the board ran 8s-5c-9h-5h-Kh.

"I feel very happy, very good and it still feels like a dream" said an excited Goel. The 30-year old businessman added, "I was a bit upset my aces got cracked but (then) I won my first tournament title with the aces!"


1. Apoorva Goel (India) -- HK $288,100
2. Hung Sheng "Shaq" Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- HK $270,000
3. Saehoon Lee (Korea) -- HK $146,200
4. Thomas Grigg (Australia) -- HK $119,600
5. Ioan Taizs (Romania) -- HK $93,000
6. Kosei Ichinose (Japan) -- HK $79,700
7. Victor Teng (Australia) -- HK $66,400

This are certainly encoraging news, and come to show the increasing interest for the game in India. Indian players are already winning international poker events, and the trend can only increase. Clearly, this is the first of many.



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