Macau Big Game Hotting Up; Ivey, Dwan, RoblNovember 25, 2011 11:17 am
The 2011 PokerStars APPT Macau is fully underway in the Chinese enclave and is already setting new highs with the HKD30,000 (US$3,850) Main Event attracting a records 575 players.
Likewise, the world’s premier gambling resort is playing hosts to some of the best poker pros in the world, including Phil Ivey who made his first tournament debut since Black Friday at the Casino Grand Lisboa,
Also taking part in the Main Event are such big names as Johnny Chan, Nacho Barbero, Celina Lin, Bryan Huang, Maxim Lykov, Randy Lew, Raymond Wu and Alex Kravchenko.
However, aside from the tournaments, the pros have turned up with the thought of the ‘Macau Big Game’ also in mind. In addition to those already mentioned, players such as Tom Dwan, Guy Laliberté, John Juanda, Patrik Antonius, Sam Trickett and “GARFIELD25” are also in attendance.
It is notouriously difficult getting confirmed information from the Big Game, but occassionally we receive snippets from players tweeting information or from Asian Poker Tour co-founder Tom Hall, who wrote recently:
“Macau action continues to be the biggest in the world and whilst I’m not going to comment on how much specific people have won or lost, the quantum mentioned is about right and with Guy from Cirque apparently arriving later this week, things could go really mental.”
One of the biggest rumours so far, according to “GARFIELD25” is that Tom Dwan apparently lost 20 million HK$ (~2.6M USD) last week playing in the games.
Now, Andrew “good2cu” Robl has given us a tantalizing glimpse of the action at Macau’s Big Game and tweeted yesterday:
“Been gambling big in Macau. Won 2 million USD straight and was very thankful. Now lost 2 million straight. Thankful for other things :).”
Amongst the games currently running involving affluent Chinese businessmen looking to enjoy some poker time with the pros, is the HK$5k/$10k PLO table (approx. $650/$1,300). However, several games are running and as the days go by the stakes are bound to get increasingly more expensive. Watch this space for updates.