ACOP: Rossiter’s rich run continues with victory in Warm-up event

Jeff Rossiter’s Twitter page describes himself as a high stakes cash game player who comes "third in tournaments" – a reference to his amazing year in 2011 in which he placed third in the APPT Macau Main Event, Aussie Millions and ANZPT Melbourne.

The Aussie poker pro (pictured left, with thanks to Kenneth Lim Photography) may have to make some changes before his next tweet.

On the eve of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event, he won the HKD $25,000 Warm-up event beating a 358-player field to collect a top prize of HKD $1,777,000 (approximately AUD $220,000).

Rossiter started the heads-up battle with Russian David Martiryosan with an almost 7:1 chip lead and he quickly extended his lead with some aggressive moves. The end came when Rossiter called the pre-flop all-in of Martiryosan, tabling A-10 against A-2.

The flop connected both players, with the Aussie’s pair of 10s good for the win. In total, 44 players cashed for a share of the HKD $7,986,980 prize pool in the three-day event at the Grand Waldo in Macau. Australia’s Julian Powell placed 13th while dual WSOP champion Johnny Chan final-tabled, finishing seventh.

After 12 days of preliminary events, the new flagship tournament on the Asia-Pacific poker circuit, the ACOP Main Event has a HKD $100,000 (just under AUD $13,000) buy-in and comes with a HKD $10,000,000 (AUD $1.23 million) guarantee.

HKD $25,000 ACOP Warm-up payouts ($ HKD)

1 Jeff Rossiter (Australia) $1,777,000
2 David Martirosyan (Russia) $1,226,000
3 Joseph Sanghyon Cheong (Canada) $731,000
4 Rong Fan (China) $579,000
5 Daoxing Chen (China) $459,000
6 Nickolaevich Andrey Shatilov (Russia) $375,000
7 Johnny Chan (USA) $291,500
8 Adam Latimer (UK) $215,500
9 Jan Zeuschner (Germany) $175,500
10 Hiu Man Ng (Hong Kong) $139,780
11 Gordon Huntly (UK) $115,800
12 Johan Wengelin (Sweden) $115,800
13 Julian Powell (UK) $115,800
14 Stanislav Avanesian (Russia) $95,900
15 Richard Renyong Hu (China) $95,900
16 Munkhbayar Nyamsuren (Mongolia) $95,900
17 Katsuhiro Muto (Japan) $75,900
18 Ping Lin (China) $75,900
19 Kevin Kung (USA) $75,900
20 Rui Bao (China) $75,900
21 Ted Wang (China) $55,900
22 Aaron Gustavson (Macau) $55,900
23 Jurg Niederberger (Hong Kong) $55,900
24 Yudeug Cha (Korea) $55,900
25 Sascha Pagnia (Germany) $55,900
26 Hai Bo Chu (Australia) $47,900
27 David Xin Zhao (Australia) $47,900
28 Kaue Vinicius de Souza (Brazil) $47,900
29 Yoichi Fujiya (Japan) $47,900
30 Ping Chang Yung (USA) $47,900
31 David Allan (Australia) $40,000
32 Andreas Chalkiadakis (Greece) $40,000
33 James John King (USA) $40,000
34 Kristian Lunardi (Australia) $40,000
35 Yu Kurita (Japan) $40,000
36 Wu Bo (Hong Kong) $40,000
37 Conrad Coetzer (South Africa) $40,000
38 Ren Peng (China) $40,000
39 Wenlong Jin (China) $40,000
40 Andrew Gaw (Philippines) $40,000
41 Homan Houshiar (Canada) $40,000
42 Jerry Dinesh Pireira (Malaysia) $40,000
43 Kosei Ichinose (Japan) $40,000
44 Victor Chong (Malaysia) $40,000

• Information kindly provided by Fred Leung

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