Main Event

Chong Cheong Eliminated in 2nd Place (2,088,000 HKD)

Chong Cheong - 2nd Place

From the button, Chong Cheong raised to 125,000 and Victorino Torres called from the big blind. The flop came down with the {J-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades} and fireworks ensued. Torres checked and Cheong immediately shoved his 1.8-million-chip stack into the middle and was met with a snap-call from Torres, who flopped the low straight with the {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. Cheong held the {Q-Spades}{6-Clubs} for an up-and-down straight draw.

With the cameras flashing, film rolling and crowd cheering, the turn card was dealt the {A-Diamonds}. Torres dodged one street and had one more to go to become champion.

The dealer burned and then dealt the river card, smacking the {7-Diamonds} on the felt. Torres' arms shot into the air as he knew it was all over. Cheong was left with 2nd-place money and a runner-up finish.