Ivey And Dwan In Big Game Action Against Wealthy Asian BusinessmenNovember 14, 2010 8:35 am
On the sideline of the APT Macau, tournament director Matt Savage has also been keeping poker fans everywhere updated as to another piece of poker action taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel in the City of Dreams urban resort.
The APT Macau held in China’s gambling mecca managed to attract 161 players, who forked out HK$32,500 ($2,500) at the NL event to create a prize pool worth HK $1.678 million (USD $215,000) for the first place finisher.
However, poker pros Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, John Juanda and Chau Giang would seem more interested in the high stakes cash games taking place inside the resort’s Hard Rock Poker Room. China is famed for its fabulously wealthy businessmen and, as Matt Savage has been describing on the 2+2 poker forum:
“Despite the light turnout at the Asian Poker Tour Macau the cash games are some of the biggest in history as Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Chau Giang, and John Juanda are playing HK$5,000-10,000 with some Chinese businessmen. The game plays much bigger and there was about 40 million (about 5M USD) on the table last night when I saw the game.”
It would seem Juanda was the big winner in the game so far, while Durrrr, Ivey, and Chau were down several million Hong Kong dollars between them.
As 2+2 member MacauPro posted on the forum yesterday; “The Chinese businessmen will let the pros play from time to time. However, they limit the number of pros allowed on the tables. These guys are so freaking rich even Tom commented that his bluffs don’t really work.”
However, the blinds didn’t stay at US$641/1282 for long, and have now been raised to a huge $1282/2564. Things seem to have turned around nicely for Dwan and Ivey, too, and as Matt Savage informed poker fans today:
“The latest hearsay is that Durr is now 1.7 million USD winner and that Ivey has gotten back to even. I think if they continue to win they WILL NOT be invited back IMO.”
Thanks to Matt for keeping us informed of the juicy cash-game action taking place in Macau right now. Hopefully we’ll hear more from him soon.