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Stanley Choi Won Macau High Stakes Challenge (US$6,4 million)

Tags: john juanda, macau high stakes challenge, phil ivey, sam trickett, Stanley Choi.
Posted on 03 September 2012 by "T".

Last Friday, a field of 73 poker players, including wealthy businessmen and poker stars, entered the first ever Macau High Stakes Challenge for HK$2,000,000 each (US$260,000) and created poker history. In total, 21 players made a rebuy and brought the prize pool to insane HK$182,360,000 (US$23,511,000). Plenty of big names hit the rail early due to the fast-moving 30-minute levels, and it didn't take many hours of play until the field had been narrowed down to only 8 players (picture), including notables such as Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett and John Juanda.

Juanda was the last of these 3 players to get eliminated (5th) on the final table, which left 4 relatively unknown players fighting for the title. After Tang Zheng, who started the final table with a big chip lead, hit the rail in 4th place, Stanley Choi had just about half of the remaining chips. It didn't take long before Choi busted Nicholas Wong in 3rd place to take a massive 3-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Zhu Guan Fai.

After a short pause to set up heads-up action, the match started and Fai raised on the button to 400,000 and Choi went all in from the big blind. Fai quickly called and turned over two sixes - 6Spade6Diamond. Choi showed 10Club10Heart and the dealer prepared to put out the 3 first cards...

The flop came out 9Spade8Diamond4Spade and Fai needed either a 6 or runner-runner flush/straight to stay alive. The turn brought the 4Diamond and Fai needed 1 of the last 2 sixes on the river to stay alive. But the river card was the 7Diamond and Choi's pocket tens had successfully held up, giving him the title and the first place prize of amazing US$6,465,746! Zhu Guan Fai didn't seem too disappointed either with US$4,349,735 for finishing second.

Place, Player, Prize (HKD), Prize (USD)
1 Stanley Choi 50,149,000 6,465,746
2 Zhu Guan Fai 33,737,000 4,349,735
3 Nicholas Wong 25,530,000 3,291,601
4 Tang Zheng 17,324,000 2,233,596
5 John Juanda 12,765,000 1,645,800
6 Lap Key Chen 9,574,000 1,234,383
7 Sam Trickett 7,750,000 999,213
8 Phil Ivey 6,383,000 822,965


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3 comments on "Stanley Choi Won Macau High Stakes Challenge (US$6,4 million)"

 noonlion03/09/2012 12:36:12 GMT
Trickett can't put a bet wrong. Dude just cashes tournament after tournament.

Interesting that none of the Western pros ended up winning though - home territory counts for something.

8th for 822,965 - not shabby, wonder who rebought though.
I mean that's more than a lot of 1st place prizes for bigger field tournaments.

To win 6+ milly in one sitting is crazy.
 teddybears7303/09/2012 21:57:49 GMT
i think i'll move to asia as that's where all the big money seems to be, i wonder how much a telescopic handler gets paid over there. Big Smile
 Fakiry04/09/2012 14:45:46 GMT
$260k buy-in for a 30-minute level game? This players’ hearts must be bulletproof! Some poker players are used to play for high values and they already know the tricks not to suffer with the amounts of Money involved in the game, but for some of the businessmen at the tables, although they are refered as wealthy, this sure ment some of their biggest management moves in their careers.

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