Nam Le Takes APPT High Rollers Event
September 10, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — Nine survivors of a tough two-day competition in the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour High Rollers tournament started an 11-hour final table battle for supremacy this week, seeking to unseat a dominant chip leader in David Steike.
In two days of play, the 61 players who had paid an entry fee of $19,200 each had been whittled down to the final nine. Along the way, casualties included top players like former World Champion Joe Hachem, multiple bracelet winners John Juanda and Barry Greenstein, and Internet superstars Shaun Deeb, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Hevad "RainKhan" Khan. The 2007 winner of the event, Eric Assadourian, had tried for a back-to-back but failed, while Emad Tahtouh, Liz Lieu, and Terrence Chan had also entered.
The final table consisted of Canada's David Steicke in the lead, Quinn Do, Nam Le, Wei Will Ma, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner and World Champion Johnny Chan, Charles "Chuck Truck" Chua, Ivan Tan, Van Marcus, and Andrew Scott.
After more than an hour of play, low-stacked Marcus was first to depart, eliminated by Andrew Scott. Ivan Tan was the next to fall, a victim of Charles Chua, and it was several hours before the next man headed for the rail when WSOP hero Johnny Chan was outplayed by Steicke and headed for the exit and a seventh-placing check for $51,282. Chua was the victor again in the next elimination, when he took out Wei Will Ma shortly before the dinner break.
Nam Le came back from dinner all fired up to send Steicke home in fifth place for $89,743, but it was another two hours before the next exit occurred, when Chua fell to Nam Le and departed in fourth place, collecting his $115,384 paycheck on the way out. After that, the game moved into a very active phase that saw the elimination of Quinn Do in third place for $153,384 after a clash with Scott.
Heads up, it was Nam Le in the lead with a 2-to-1 chip advantage over Andrew Scott, but the match nevertheless went on for 90 minutes until Nam Le truimphed and saw Scott off to the cashier to collect a second placing check for $269,230. The honors and the winner's prize of $474,358 were Nam Le's.