WA’s Aaron Lim has quietly amassed one of the more impressive tournament poker CVs over the past two years highlighted by his USD $525,000 cash for third in the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Grand Final. He can now also lay claim to a debut major international title.
The dominant player throughout the final day, Lim captured the APPT Seoul Main Event crown after three hours of heads-up play against Thailand’s Chane Kampanatsanyakorn.
Played at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino, the KRW 3,000,000 (USD $2836) APPT Seoul Main Event attracted 222 players from 30 countries and created a prize pool of KRW 594,338,400 (USD $534,893).
The final three players agreed to a deal with some money left for the eventual champion and runner-up. In addition to more than USD $100,000 in cash, Lim received an Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event Seat worth USD $12,900 and seven days’ accommodation.
Lim started day three with the lead and was still the man to catch at the final table where he was joined by two other Australian players – Paul Elliott and Sung Soo Chon. They finished sixth and seventh respectively.
The West Australian player held a 6:1 chip lead over Kampanatsanyakorn when heads-up play started, but the Thai player scored two quick double-ups and it would take three hours before Lim lifted the championship trophy.
The final hand was described in the official tournament blog: “It started with a raise to 100,000 by Lim and a call from Kampanatsanyakorn. Then there was a Js-8s-5d flop and Kampanatsanyakorn checked, prompting a 110,000 bet from Lim. Then Kampanatsanyakorn made his final move, all-in. Lim called and showed Kh-Jd to Kampanatsanyakorn’s Qs-Jc. Both players had a jack but Lim had the better kicker. The turn brought an 8c and the final card of the tournament was a 5h.”
The next APPT event is scheduled for May 1-5 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu, Philippines.
APPT Seoul final table results ($USD)
1 Aaron Lim (Australia) $109,640 + ACOP seat
2 Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (Thailand) $91,532
3 Nicky Tao Jin (China) $93,243
4 Xuan Xuan Liu (Canada) $40,180
5 Si Xiao Li (China) $33,423
6 Paul Elliott (Australia) $26,757
7 Sung Soo Chon (Australia) $21,441
8 Masahiro Osada (Japan) $16,036
9 Casey Kastle (Slovenia) $12,107