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ACOP Main Event Day 3: Girl power

When we look around the poker room at potential champions for the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, we should mention that it would be tremendous to see a female player make a deep run. No female player has one an open ACOP event as yet, so what better way to break that trend than for the girls to take down the gold "Spadie".

We have three ladies still in contention, and after a recent table break, they interestingly all find themselves on the very same table.

In seat 6 we find Xiao "Cheryl" Peng. She's ruffling her chips at breakneck speed and staring across the table with great intent - clearly focussed on the job at hand.


Peng seems to be making her mark on poker in Asia. Back in July, she was a big chip leader entering the final table of a major event in Macau before eventually bowing out in 5th place. That was still worth $31,580 in prize money which is a very nice debut result. Perhaps Peng will draw on that experience as we get deeper here in the ACOP Main Event.

Two seats to her left we find Yang "Lulu" Xi.


Xi is a little more coy at the table. With a red and white truckers cap pulled down low and thick sunglasses to hide her eyes, it's tough to get a read from Xi, but she's certainly sharing something with someone at home as she busily taps away on her phone in between hands. Xi has a few small results to her credit with cashes around Asia on the local tours, with a best result at an APT Korea event for $18,900.

Then we move around to seat two where we find Yujung Choi. She is by far the most relaxed of the trio at the table as she sits quietly at the end of the table sipping a cup of tea as she observes the action.


Choi also appears to be the most experienced in this situation with a string of results throughout Asia dating back several years. However what's missing from this Korean's resume is a big score. Her biggest result was a win in a deep stack side event at last year's APPT Cebu series for $12,991 in prize money. Even a min-cash in this event will be good for Choi's largest career score.

At the moment, Peng is progressing best of the girls with a stack of 165,000, while Choi has some work ahead of her as a short stack with 30,000 in chips. However, sadly we've clearly jinxed Xi who has been eliminated just as this piece goes live. Xi ran her A♥K♥ into Chenxiang Miao's A♣A♠ and despite turning a flush draw, Xi was unable to find the miracle river and was knocked out of the tournament.

Our hopes of a female ACOP champion are now down to two.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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