Ivey And Dwan Win Big Against Chinese High-Rollers In MacauNovember 15, 2010 9:58 am
Yesterday, it was reported that on the sidelines of the APT Macau in China, several of the world’s top pros have been getting involved in some high stakes cash action against fabulously wealthy Chinese businessmen at the Hard Rock Poker Room.
Then, poker tournament director Matt Savage reported on the 2+2 poker forum that after the blind were raised from US$641/1282 to US$1282/2564, Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey were able to go from being several million Hong Kong dollars down between them, to reclaiming their losses. Tom Dwan was then reported to have turned a US$1.7 million profit.
Matt Savage then handed the unofficial reporting over to 2+2 poker forum user and player in the game “Tom Hall”, who has now shed further light on this fascinating poker battle taking place across the other side of the world.
Tom Hall begins by describing the high stakes game as a semi private one where the guys that run it are looking to enjoy the challenge of playing against the world’s best.
Hall then explains that the businessmen are “generally involved in the gaming industry in some form” and that “instead of losing tens of millions playing bacarrat every year discovered poker 2 years ago and have taken to it.”
Hall describes their varying levels by saying that some are very good, and although others are still “hopeless”, their fearlessness makes them extremely dangerous.
He also says that the Chinese businessmen enjoy action, do not like nitty pros and “that’s why people like Tom Dwan they find very fun to play against.”
Hall then surmises that the Full Tilt players had to re-adjust their play somewhat after losing the early sessions and then gives us an update as to the how the latest session of the “big game” is panning out. He writes;
“For today’s session, Phil is up HK$15m (almost 2m USD), Tom up HK$4m, Table regulars up HK$2m, Chau up HK$300k, Johnny Chan down HK$800k, John Juanda down HK$1.5m (but up big for the week overall and has left town for a trip), 2 Beijing visitors down HK$10m each. Currently the main game is 4 handed with Phil, Tom and 2 regulars playing HK$10/20k. Second game features Jeff Lisandro, Ted Forrest and others playing either 2k/4k or 5k/10k.”
Looks like their game adjustments are proving to be spot on and the poker pros will be returning back with more than just some very fond memories of Macau.