Yuen Kiong “Kenneth” Leong made history this past weekend as he became the first-ever winner of a poker tournament at the Venetian Macau’s poker room.
(Main photo: Venetian Macau casino manager Trevor Hammond, left, presents the HK $300,000 first prize and winner's trophy to Kenneth Leong, right.)
Leong navigated through a field of some of Macau’s most experienced players and bested Anson Tsang heads-up to win the Venetian Macau’s inaugural Asia Poker Masters tournament.
For the win, he received HK $300,000 in prize money, a sparkling new trophy, and the honour of being the first poker champion at the Venetian Macau.
A total of 116 players signed up to play in the two-day event, which took place from May 29-30. It was truly an international affair as there were representatives from Europe, HK, China, Japan, USA, Australia, and Macau.
The HK $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament saw twenty players get into the money, including some well-known names on the Macau poker scene such as Fred Leung, David Ewing, and Elton Tsang.
Here are the top ten finishers from the tournament:
1. Kenneth Leong Yuen Kiong (HK $300,000)
2. Anson Tsang Yan Shing (HK $180,000)
3. David Ewing (HK $100,000)
4. Wang Han Bing (HK $75,000)
5. Tommy Wong Kai (HK $60,000)
6. Chao Li (HK $50,000)
7. Benjamin Condit Royal (HK $40,000)
8. Jason Coe George (HK $30,000)
9. Khenh Chanthamala (HK $20,000)
10. Fred Leung (HK $20,000)
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