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ACOP Main Event Final Table: Downswing for Depa

Jonathan Depa has been a model of consistency here in the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event. After the second day of play, Depa was sitting pretty with the second largest stack in the room. When Day 3 was finished, Depa was on top of the tree and even at today's final table, the American had the third largest stack at the start of the day.

But today was not his day.


The crucial blow came in a hand against Alvan Zheng. The action was four-bet preflop, before Depa bet out for 92,000 from the big blind on the 3♦5♥2♠ flop. From the small blind, Zheng put in a check-raise to 225,000 with Depa making the call.

The turn was the 3♠ and Zheng released another bet of 200,000. Depa thought for two minutes before committing the call as the K♠ completed the board. Zheng fired again, this time for 300,000. Depa went deep into the tank before making the call, only to muck in disgust when Zheng showed an ambitious K♦J♥.

That blow left Depa on the short stack, and he committed himself a short time later with A♠K♥ as Devan Tang made the call with J♥J♣.

It was a classic race in which Depa took the lead on the 2♣2♥K♣ flop. He was all set to double up until the 4♣ turn and 7♣ river cruelly ran out the board to give Tang a flush with the only club in hand.

Back-to-back ugly blows for Depa was enough to bring his tournament to an unfortunate end in 6th place for a handsome return of HK$990,000.

That leaves us with our final five. Alvan Zheng is the chip leader with 1.85 million, ahead of Yat Wai Cheng (1.4 million) and Yoshitaka Okawa (1.25 million). Sunny Jung (780,000) and Devan Tang (700,000) are the short stacks but with the blinds only at 6,000/12,000/1,500, they still have plenty of room to manoeuvre.

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

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