Heinecker Takes Down $4.5 Million USD With Win

Published on June 7th, 2013 2:26 pm EST

GDAM Pokerstars - APPT - Asia Pacific Poker TourWith everybody focused on the World Series of Poker, it was easy to forget that there was a very, very big tournament taking place halfway across the world in Macau.

The GDAM (GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions) main event attracted some of the very best poker talent in the world.

The buy-in for the event was HKD $1,000,000, which works out to about $128,000 USD. Rebuys were allowed as well - at the end of the day, there were 71 players and a total of 54 rebuys, which ended up generating a total prize pool of nearly HKD $120,000,000 ($15.4 million).

Some of the names who turned out for this event included:

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Gus Hansen
John Juanda
Sorel Mizzi
Erik Seidel


When the final table began on Friday, Sorel Mizzi possessed the chip lead. However, the structure of the tournament meant that no player was safe, as the blinds were extremely high heading into the final day of play.

In the end, "Ragen70" ended up outlasting the likes of Mizzi and Isaac Haxton at the final table to take down the very large first place prize.

Heinecker had roughly a 3-1 chip lead when the final hand of the event took place.

Jeff Rossiter, down to about 18 big blinds, decided to shove pre-flop holding Qd-Ts. Heinecker made the instacall holding Ah-9h.

The board ran out Kh-5d-4c-3d-Js, giving Heinecker the hand and the $4,464,516 USD first place prize.

Don't feel too bad for Jeff Rossiter, though, as he walked away with over $3.1 million.

Here is how the final table ended up finishing out:

1. Niklas Heinecker, $4,464,516 USD
2. Jeff Rossiter, $3,161,290 USD
3. Sorel Mizzi, $2,077,419 USD
4. Zheng Tang, $1,616,129 USD
5. Isaac Haxton, $1,316,129 USD
6. Igor Kurganov, $1,070,968 USD
7. Anson Tsang, $922,581 USD
8. Pratyush Buddiga, $774,194 USD


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