August 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm #25776Arpit JainKeymaster
We have just confirmed that 80 players have already registered for the Macau High Stakes Challenge that is scheduled this friday 31st August 2012. All those players have each deposited their HK$2m buy-in making the prizepool a whopping HK$160m already. Given that at least 50% of these players are expected to re-buy during the tournament and that the total number of participants could go higher than todayÂ’s 80. The event is looking at a total prizepool of HK$240m (approximately US$30m).
To compare with other super high stakes games earlier this year, The Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) with a US$1 million buy-in had 48 players, which produced a total prize pool of US$42.7 million. Meanwhile, the AU$250,000 Aussie Millions Super High Roller had 16 players for a total prize pool of AU$4 million.
A number of well-known poker pros and personalities, as well as celebrities, are expected to be in attendance in the Macau High Stakes Challenge, which is sponsored by the Neptune Group and PokerAce.tv. The initial line-up includes Phil Ivey, Andrew Robl, Sam Trickett, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Johnny Chan, and Joe Hachem among others.
The Macau High Stakes Challenge will be held at the Poker King Club, Starworld Hotel tomorrow at 3PM.
August 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm #33626Sanat kaikiniParticipant
Here is the live update http://pokerace.com/news-promos/news/pokerace-blog/
August 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm #33627Poker GuruParticipant
Some stats from this event:
No of players: 73 (21 re-buys)
Prizepool: HKD $182,360,000
No of players paid: 12
1. HKD $50,149,000
2. HKD $33,737,000
3. HKD $25,530,000
4. HKD $17,324,000
5. HKD $12,765,000
6. HKD $9,574,000
7. HKD $7,750,000
8. HKD $6,383,000
9. HKD $5,471,000
10-12. HKD $4,599,000
August 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm #33638Danish ShaikhMember
FT chip counts
Tang Zhengis the chip leader by a substantial margin.
Seat One: Lap Key Chen – 480,000
Seat Two: Stanley Choi – 1,595,000
Seat Three: Tang Zheng – 3,265,000
Seat Four: Zhu Guan Fai – 1,285,000
Seat Five: Phil Ivey – 490,000
Seat Six: John Juanda – 1,185,000
Seat Seven: Sam Trickett – 645,000
Seat Eight: Nicholas Wong – 255,000.
September 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm #25777Danish ShaikhMember
Stanley Choi Wins The Macua High Stakes Challenge for $6.5 million – Trickett & Ivey Come Close
A fast and frantic Macau High Stakes Challenge has recently ended with with Stanley Choi besting the field of 73 high rollers who each put in at least HK$2 million (c.$260k US) to enter the Macau High Stakes Challenge (with 21 of those 73 opting to rebuy). This was the biggest poker event ever staged in Asia, and indeed the biggest event outside of the WSOP Main Event and this years “All in for One Drop” $1 million buy in tournament. Choi takes home HK$50 million ($6.45 million US) for taking down the tournament which featured some of the all time tournament and cash game greats.
With plenty of WSOP bracelet winners in the field including Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, JP Kelly, Joe Hachem, Gus Hansen, Ben Lamb, John Juanda and Brian Rast – as well as some of the biggest cash game players in the world such as Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Di “Urindanger” Dang, Andrew “good2cu” Robl, Patrik Antonius, Chirs Parker and Sam Trickett – and then throw in a handful of mega rich chinese businessman/poker players then you’ve got the recipe for a great tournament.
With a very fast paced structure which forced a lot of action from the get go the players fell thick and fast throughout the day. For a $23 million tournament (all reference to $ from now on will be US dollars) to end in ten hours with this quality of field the action had to be explosive.
Just as he did in One Drop, Andrew Robl bowed out early – in fact he was the second casualty of the day, the exact same result he had in One Drop. Robl has paid a very high price for not very much tournament time this summer and will have to head back to the cash tables to boost his dented bankroll.
As the field thinned we say some big name head towards the final stages including Phil Ivey, JP Kelly, Sam Trickett, Gus Hansen, Alan Sass, John Juanda, Di Dang and Eirk Seidel. By the time the tournament reached the final 18 the average stack was the equivalent of around 17 big blinds and it was little more than a crap shoot heading towards the money (12 paid).
Out of the recently mentioned “name” players only Seidel failed to make the money as he was eliminated soon after the final two tables of eight had been seated, with his KJ losing to eventual winner Choi’s A 10 as both players flopped their top pairs and nothing more.
JP Kelly was out shortly after the bubble burst, quickly followed by Di Dang – both players more than doubled their entry fee, earning $588k apiece and when Alan Sass was eliminated in 9th for just over $700k we had our final table.
The big guns were still firing as WSOP player of the year contender Phil Ivey, One Drop runner-up and big buy in tournament wonder boy Sam Trickett, and multiple WSOP bracelet winner and big cash game star John Juanda all sat down at the final table. However, all of them were among the first four to fall as Ivey left proceedings first, getting his last chips in with K 6 and falling to the eventual call of Tang Zheng who’s dominating K 9 held up to send Ivey to the rail $823k better off. Next out was Trickett who twice on the bounce lost races against 55 – he will add another $1 million to the $10 million he won at one drop, bringing his total tournament earnings up to $17.4 million making him second only to One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari on the all time tournament money earners list. Ivey is just behind after todays cash with $17.1 million.
Juanda lasted until 5th place but busted at the hands of Ivey’s conquerer Zheng who looked up Juanda’s J 10 with pocket 9’s (incidentally the same hand which crippled Juanda just a few hands before). Juanda walked away over $1.6 million richer for his efforts. Zheng, who had started the final table with a pretty big lead, and who had also knocked out some of his final table opponents was atcually next to fall after bleeding chips for some time. He was put out of his misery by Choi who snapped up Zheng’s final 1.2 million chips with his K5 beating Zheng’s desperate shove with J 2. By this time the prize money had reached over $2.2 million for Zheng.
In fact Choi destroyed the final table, eliminating the final three players in quick succession. When play was three handed he already held half the chips at the tables and set about despatching his final three opponents. First he took out Nicolas Wong who shoved with middle pair on an A 10 2 board, only to see Choi holding A4 for top pair. Wong took home close to $3.3 million for his troubles.
The heads up match between Choi and Zhu Guan Fai lasted precisley one hand as all the chips found their was into the middle with both players waking up with pocket pairs. Unfortunately for Fai his 66 was way behind Choi’s 10 10 and with Choi already outchipping his opponent by three to one Fai found himself looking for a two outer to survive. Alas it did not appear and Fai had to settle for second place and $4.35 million, while Choi took the title, the trophy and close to $6.5 million to end a sensational, scintillating day of high adrenaline, high stakes tournament poker!
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