Team partypoker’s Kristen Bicknell became the first-ever female Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) High Roller champion on Saturday after defeating David Peters in a heads-up battle at the City of Dreams Resort in Macau.
The 31-year-old professional poker player from St. Catharines, Canada, finished first out of 117 entries in the HK$80,000 ($10,200) Asia Pacific Poker Tour High Roller. The total prize pool of the event reached HK$ 8,714,160 or $1,111,328, which was given as cash prizes to the final 17 while Bicknell managed to top them all and went home with HK$2,192,000 ($279,549). This is one of the biggest wins for her and with it, she has already earned more than $1,5 million from live tournaments.
The HK$80,000 APPT High Roller gathered players from all over the world and started March 15 at the City of Dreams Casino Resort in Macau. A total of 100 players did not cash and among those who did were Rainer Kempe, Michael Addamo, Luc Greenwood, and Jan-Eric Schwippert. However, they did not make it to the final nine-seat table where Bicknell eliminated several of her opponents before meeting American player David Peters for the final, heads-up battle.
Alex Lindop (UK) and Allan Bedwick (US) were the first to leave the final table, followed by Yong Wang (China) and Matthew Moss (UK). Last of the final fifth was Chinese player Hong Zhu who pocketed a nice prize of $82,003, followed by Germany’s Felix Daniel Schulze who won $101,642. Frenchman Klaus Pautrot finished third with a good cash prize of $122,813 while Peters took home $188,767 after being eliminated by Bicknell.
2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour
2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau started March 14 and runs through March 25, 2018, at the high-end City of Dreams hotel and casino in China’s autonomous territory where gambling is legal. The tournament includes a large number of events, the second of which was the APPT National High Roller with an HK$80,000 buy-in. The No Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament continued for three days from March 14 through March 17 and offered a prize pool of HK$ 8,714,160 ($1,111,328).
The most exciting event in the tournament, the HK$400,000 APPT Super High Roller is now underway with only three players remaining on the final table after Rainer Kempe was eliminated by Sam Greenwood. Currently, the game is being dominated by American player Alex Foxen who, with 6,640,000 in chips, is the chip leader. He is followed by Canada’s Greenwood (5,950,000 in chips) and Chinese player Shan Huang who has 4,210,000.
The Super High Roller event started with 68 entries, including 19 re-entries. The next stop in the tournament schedule is South Korea which hosts APPT from April 6 through April 15, 2018. The events under the PokerStars Live APPT Korea brand will take place at Paradise City, Incheon complex, which is the country’s newest luxury gaming resort.