The APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker has come to a close this year, and Yosuke Sekiya of Japan was named as the 2012 Asia Player of the Year. Sekiya finished in second place at the 2012 Macau Poker Cup Championship, but then went on to best other top Asian players on the leader boards and earned the tournament organizer’s decision.

Sekiya went into the Macau championship with a strong lead, however there were still plenty of other players who could top him in the end. He says that as he worked his way through the tournaments, continually staying on top, his confidence grew. But it also meant that the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event would be the deciding tournament for player of the year. Only one other Japanese player was among the final nine in the main event, Tsugunari Toma, and he also had a fighting chance at being named player of the year. That is, until he was eventually knocked out in 6th place.

With the title of 2012 Asia Player of the Year, Sekiya walks away with nearly $130,000 in winnings, as well as a sponsor ship deal with PokerStars. His name will also be etched onto the player of the year trophy, joining previous years’ winners, which sits on display in the Macau poker room.