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Paul Phua Wins €100,000 High Roller! (€752,700)

Tags: MalACEsia, Mikita Badziakouski, Paul Phua.
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by "T".

The last day of the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza had a big cash game and a €100,000 freeze-out tournament on the schedule. There had been cash games (up to €1,000/€2,000) running the previous three days but on the final day it was canceled due to lack of interest.

Also, the last tournament of the series struggled to find participants. The tournament started 2 hours after scheduled time once the format had been changed to re-entry instead of a freeze-out and the "no pros allowed"-rule was removed.

In total, 13 entries were made and Dan Shak, Mustapha Kanit and Tom Marchese were among the biggest names. However, it was Malaysian businessman and recreational poker player Paul "MalACEsia" Phua who laid hands on the €752,700 top prize after eliminating Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski in second place (€501,800) in a short heads-up battle.

Phua and Badziakouski were the only two players to receive a share of the prize pool. According to Hendon Mob, it was Phua's second biggest tournament cash to date after winning a £100k High Roller in London in 2012 for $1,621,297.


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7 comments for "Paul Phua Wins €100,000 High Roller! (€752,700)"

 Tony_MON7ANA10/18/2016 5:09:19 PM GMT
My sincere congratulations to Malaysian businessman Paul "MalACEsia" Phua for winning the tournament!
Beating the field that had several notable names, including Dan Shak, Mustapha Kanit and Tom Marchese is quite remarkable.
 Mober10/18/2016 7:59:32 PM GMT
Dont know this one either. But the amount of money he won is a very nice one.
They buy in here was a normal one, in comparison with that absurd one from
the one from tournament, which must had lots more for a prize.
 bowie198410/19/2016 12:46:21 AM GMT
Posted by Mober:
They buy in here was a normal one, in comparison with that absurd one from
the one from tournament, which must had lots more for a prize.

The only absurd thing about this was that they cannot find interest in Monaco for the cashgames with 1k-2k blinds on the last day. If only this game could have been in Macau...
 pochui10/19/2016 8:03:17 AM GMT
well we can see that there are many dudes out there who have plenty of money and can't figure out where to put it, so they decide that gambling is the way to go. i suggest to nationalize their cash and donate it to the friendly and democratic nation of north korea, for infrastructure projects or such..
 doubletop77710/19/2016 9:10:33 AM GMT
Many congratulations to Paul Phua on winning this event and the first prize. I am surprised that they only managed to get thirteen entries and i thought that there would be a few more
 pajalnick10/19/2016 3:47:19 PM GMT
doubletop777 10/19/2016 9:10:33 AM GMT
Many congratulations to Paul Phua on winning this event and the first prize. I am surprised that they only managed to get thirteen entries and i thought that there would be a few more

really such a small number of players is quite strange ... no one wanted to play? or there's some other reason? can be at this time there was something more interesting and people have decided not to play and to do this than something interesting
 bowie198410/21/2016 12:58:20 AM GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
really such a small number of players is quite strange ... no one wanted to play? or there's some other reason?

Probably the tournament had a medicore promoter who did not realized they cross scheduled the event with something more important or they did not gave enough complemetary hotel suites away to the pros and whos never showed up in big numbers. End of story.

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