The 2020 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Jeju, South Korea that was supposed to start on February 10 until 22 at the Landing Casino, has been ‘postponed until further notice' due to the Coronavirus outbreak that wreaked havoc in China recently.
According to Triton's news page on Friday, the organizers of the event said the decision was made due to the coronavirus outbreak and the ‘global emergency' called by the World Health Organization on Thursday.
As mentioned before, there's never a shortage of first-time WSOP bracelet winners every time at the prestigious poker festival held annually every summer. On Monday, another first-timer WSOP bracelet winner is born, and it was Yueqi Zhu who took down Event #35 $1,500 Mixed Omaha after defeating a player field of 773 to win the title and the first place prize money worth $211,781.
Beginning June 1, 2018, all apps that offer any type of poker will be banned in China. Playing and promoting poker on all forms of social media channels will be banned. Therefore, it is expected that the number of Chinese players at legal regional games will drop dramatically.
The very first ever Super High Roller Bowl China hosted by Macau Billionaire Poker in Macau had finished March 22, 2018 Thursday, and it was Justin Bonomo who emerged triumphant in this tournament and was awarded a sum of US$4,821,516!
The Season 1 of the Global Poker League which is comprised of 12 teams from Europe and America have concluded last week with the Montreal Nationals winning in the finals against the Berlin Bears, claiming the first-ever GPL Championship title.
On Sunday, Tom Alner of Bristol, England won the third instalment of the 2013 PokerStars Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon. Alner, who has several nice results from the Asia-Pacific region, bested a field of 645 players and received HK$823,000 (approx. 106k USD) in prize money after a four-way deal on the final table. He now has over $700,000 in tournament winnings!
1 Tom Alner UK HK$823,000* 2 Jason Chong Singapore HK$758,000* 3 Wilson Fu China HK$827,000* 4 Victor Sheerman Russia HK$853,000* 5 Thomas Ward New Zealand HK$317,000 6 Brian Yip Hong Kong HK$253,000 7 Frank Maley Australia HK$206,000 8 Joao de Castro Portugal HK$158,000 9 Shinichi Takenouchi Japan HK$126,578
Although most super stars in the poker world are in Las Vegas at the moment, there are some who instead have headed to Macau in China for the 2013 GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions (hosted by PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams). On Tuesday, a HK $250,000 buy-in tournament (a warm-up tournament to a HKD 1 million buy-in tournament that starts today) started and saw a field of 45 players, who created a HK $10,743,750 (approx. $1.39 million) prize pool.
Only the top five players made the money and Nick Wong took home the top prize of HK $4,298,000 ($550,000) after defeating defeating Team PokerStars Online's Isaac Haxton heads-up for the title. Wong had a massive chip lead when heads-up play kicked off, and it only took him a few minutes to defeat Haxton.
1 Nick Wong HK $4,298,000 (US $550,000) 2 Isaac "Ike" Haxton HK $2,579,000 (US $334,935) 3 Philipp Gruissem HK $1,719,000 (US $223,246) 4 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier HK $1,289,000 (US $167,402) 5 Tore Lukashaugen HK $858,750 (US $111,428)
PokerStars Macau Cup Red Dragon main event saw a record 891-player field when it kicked off last week. The final table was played yesterday and 30-year-old Taiwanese poker professional Terry Fan ended up taking down the title and HK $1,771,000 (approx. 228,110 USD). Fan became the fourth Taiwanese ever to win the Red Dragon. This was the 18th edition of the Macau Poker Cup, a tournament that's just getting more and more popular every year!
FINAL TABLE RESULTS:
1 Terry Fan Chinese Taipei $1,771,000 2 Gie Reyes Philippines $1,242,000 3 Neil Chen Chinese Taipei $743,000 4 Fei Xie China $555,000 5 Andy Asihwardji Canada $393,000 6 Fanny Li USA $328,000 7 Sailesh Lohia India $262,000 8 Wesley Zhu China $196,000 9 Ryan Yu Canada $153,000
The mysterious high-stakes player "patpatman" has been running extremely good on PokerStars nosebleed tables lately. In total, he has won $350k in the past two weeks (about 11,300 hands) and is already up over $1,1 million this year.
So who is this tallented player? There are many suggestions circulating on the web on who "patpatman" is. However, it seems like most people think that it is Tom "durrrr" Dwan because the account is registered in Macau, China, where Tom Dwan goes regularly and participates in huge cash games. Besides that, "patpatman" likes to play deep at the highest tables and seems to master both NLHE and PLO. Also, he has been making some comments in the chat about current games in Macau.
The poker boom is still to occur in China. Many betting companies have tried to get into the Chinese gambling market, and also tried to get a poker boom going like it did in the rest of the world a few years ago. But so far not with such a great success. So what is preventing poker to grow in China? First off, China is not officially open to online poker sites, and the current laws are unclear as to the punishments or reprimand that face players and providers of online gaming. Another reason is the deposit options.
Many Chinese banks and credit card companies will not allow direct deposits to online gaming companies, and the ones that allow them to deposit usually charges big fees. To this date, Neteller, and other popular online payment services do not accept transfers from Chinese citizens. There you have the 2 of the main reasons why the poker boom in China still hasn't occured. So, what can start the poker boom in China when so many things are preventing people there from playing? A poker movie is maybe the answer?!