It could be a very famous week in poker for Qing Liu, as he bids to win two successive World Poker Tour titles in the space of three days. It is typically said that getting off the mark with the first win is always the most challenging, but that was something that Liu was able to achieve, as he picked up a victory in the Venetian event on Tuesday.
That success has put him on the brink of doing a history making double in the space of three days, as he takes to the final table of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship later in the week. It was a massive success to win the event this week, as there was a $5,000 buy-in for the event, and there were nearly 1,000 players involved in the event.
Liu Edges To Win
Liu instantly played down his chances in the second event that he will be competing in later in the week, as he believed that he may have used up the luck at the table in the Venetian event. It was a brilliant effort by the star, as he needed to hold off some stern competition to come out on top in the event. However, his success meant that he was able to walk away with $752,880 in prize money from the event, and that will mean that confidence will be high going into the event later in the week.
There were a number of well respected players to make up the final table in the WPT Venetian, as Joe McKeehen finished a place behind the eventual winner in second spot. The American is one of the highest rated players in the world, as he sits 37th on the all-time money list, as he has accumulated over $17 million in prize money throughout his career. He put in an excellent performance to finish in second place in the event, and he picked up $491,960 for his performance at the event.
Star Studded Final Table
It was believed that over 175 hands were played on the final table, which highlights just how competitive the competition was. Roland Rokita finished in third place after being unable to keep up with the pace that was set by Liu and McKeehen. However, he would have still been more than pleased to walk away with the £363,235 he picked up in prize money.
The final table kicked off with Trace Henderson being the first player to fall. He walked away with $155,865 in returns from the event. Meanwhile, MSPT Hall of Famer and renowned player Kou Vang was the next player to fall, as he was outlasted on the final table by Jack Hardcastle. Vang finished in fifth place on the leaderboard, but picked up just over $200,000 in returns from the excellent event. Meanwhile, Hardcastle claimed $271,050 in prize money for his performance. All the attention will now turn to Liu’s shot at history, and it will be a special success should he achieve a quickfire double.