Macau High Stakes Challenge
When work is done today you might find yourself going for a post work pint, or splurging on a takeaway. At the same time some of the world’s top poker players and poker enthusiasts are going to be shelling out $250,000 to play in the Macau High Stakes Challenge. Or possibly more as if they bust the first bullet there’s an optional $250,000 re-buy. Yikes.
Around 80 players were registered as of yesterday and they will create one hell of a prize pool. “This is the biggest first place by far in poker other than the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP recent US$1m One Drop,” said AsianLogic CEO Tom Hall to CalvinAyre.com. “Nobody quite knows where we will end up, but a first prize of around US$5m should be expected”.
As for who will be fighting for the US$5m, players confirmed to take part in the tournament at StarWorld Hotel and Casino’s Poker King Club include: Sam Trickett, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Joe Hachem and Tom Dwan. Hall said earlier in the week (when 70 players were expected) that he expected the breakdown of players to be roughly fifty local Asian businessmen, ten Asian pros and ten Western pros. Hall, will take part in the tournament himself.
Fans who want to follow the action can read live updates at PokerAce.com and there’s also plans to release video content on PokerAce shortly after the event, although this will not be a replay as such, but short episodes made for the web.