From July 1st to the 7th, the Star Vegas Resort & Club in Poipet, Cambodia played host to the Asian Poker Tour Southeast Asia event. A series of tournaments took place during the tour stop, including the Main Event. While many top players were in attendance taking part in various events, it was the Main Event that took center stage. Fifty players paid the $1,100 to participate in the APT Main Event Championship with Aik Chuan of Malaysia outlasting the field and earning his first ever Asian Poker Tour Main Event Championship title as well as Championship Ring, plus the prize money worth $14,790!
On Day 2, Chaun was able to take a huge chip lead after dominating the field and he would continue to dominate, taking down the final table until he was left to face Mitsuru Sano of Japan in heads-up play. But just before, the two players would cut a deal with the eventual 3rd place finisher, Liu Yi for payouts. Each agreed to take $12,000 in prize money and $2,790 would go to the winner. Sano would take out Yi soon after the deal was made and hold the chip lead when heads-up play began, but Chaun would eventually take the lead after doubling up with pocket 9s to Sano’s Q-7, earning Quad 9s with the hand.
From that point, Chaun would dominate, grinding down Sano until the final hand took place. When the final hand went down, 10-9-4-8-Q was on the board with both players all-in. Chaun held J-10 of clubs while Sano held 8-6 off-suit. Chaun hit a straight to earn the win and secure his first ever APT Southeast Asia 2017 Main Event title win.
The APT Southeast Asia tour stop took place at the same time as the casino launched a new poker room under the brand Poker King Club. The Star Vegas Resort and Club is owned and operated by Donaco International Ltd.