The first – and the largest guaranteed tournament in Asia – was won by 20 year old Yevgeniy Timoshenko from the USA. Timoshenko took home a respectable prize of $500,000.

The newly inaugurated APT Room at the Galaxy StarWorld casino hosted 257 players from more than 40 countries, all of whom were vying for a share of the $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool. Ukraine-born Timoshenko took down the first prize of $500,000 after defeating South Korean Joon Hee Yeah heads up. Said Timoshenko of his rival: “There were points in the tournament where I definitely ran good but I have to give respect to runner-up Joon Hee Yeah. He was the last person I wanted to take on heads-up, luckily I had a substantial chip lead.” Yeah earned a cool $250,000 for second place. Thai player Robert Karlian took $126,000 for third place, American Casey Kastle won $90,000 in fourth and Julio Diaz from Spain got $67,500 as a fifth place prize – in total, 40 players were in the money.

Timoshenko’s bragging rights are compounded by the fact that the initial field at the APT Macau included such poker legends as Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, who have 20 WSOP bracelets among them. Other poker pros in attendance were November Nine hopeful David 'Chino' Rheem, J.C Tran, Kenny Tran, Todd Brunson, Liz Lieu, Nam Le, Quinn Do, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, John Juanda, Steve Sung, Mel Judah, Mansour Matloubi, Carter Gill and Richard En.

Young Timoshenko has earned a solid reputation as an online player, and before winning the APT Macau he had already won the $1,000 NL Hold’em event at the Paddy Power Irish Open for over $160,000. According to Pocket Fives he had also collected $250,000 on PokerStars’ Sunday Million. Timoshenko, who goes online as “jovial gent” or “atimos,” was overjoyed by his win:

I’m ecstatic to have finally won a main event. I will use the winnings to strengthen my bankroll but I haven’t decided about my future as yet. I have plans to go to business school in 2009. (…) It feels really great to have won such a tournament in a place like Macau where you can feel the excitement about poker growing so fast.

Timoshenko was not the only one to win big at the APT Macau – a player won a free seat for the next event on a draw made on the closing day by Chris Parker, CEO of the Asian Poker Tour. Parker randomly chose a player among those who had pre-registered online on the APT’s official website.

Another winner at the APT Macau was Caritas de Macau, a social services organization which benefitted from HKD$200,000 collected from a Celebrity Charity Tournament organized by the APT.

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