Macau High Stakes Challenge – Choi Wins, Ivey, Trickett and Juanda Play Final Table

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2012. September 02.
<strong>Stanley Choi </strong>won the $6.5 million first prize in the first ever Macau High Stakes Challenge.
The Macau High Stakes Challenge, the HKD 2,000,000 ($250,000) Super High Roller rebuy event was held on 31 August with quite a number of international superstars among the 73 players who registered. The field included Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem, Tom ’durrrr’ Dwan, Ben Lamb, Brian Rast, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, Erik Seidel and John Juanda, to name a few.

With all the buy-ins and rebuys, a total prize pool of $23.5 million was amassed. Players started with 100,000 in chips and the blinds kicked off at 500/500 with 30 minutes levels.

The top 12 finishes paid, the bubble boy was Du Yi Chen. The 8-handed final table was set with the elimination of JP Kelly, Di Dang, Philipp Gruissem and Alan Sass:

Macau High Stakes Challenge Final Table Stacks

Phil Ivey started the finale as one of the shortest stacks and did not take long to shove due to the high blind level, pushing with {#}K {#}6 . Tang Zheng called with {#}K {#}9 and the board came {#}4 {#}K {#}J {#}5 {#}3 .

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Sam Trickett was out soon, too, shoving his remaining 700,000 in chips with {#}A {#}J . Stanley Choi called with pocket fives, improving to three of a kind on the flop and four of a kind on the turn. Lap Key Chan, John Juanda and Tang Zheng were eliminated after that, with the heads-up getting set when Nicholas Wong got railed.

Choi started with a 3-times edge over Zhu Guan Fai; in the last hand of the short HU, Fai shoved with pocket sixes only to meet Choi’s pocket tens on a neutral board. Stanley Choi hence got the $6.5 million first prize.

Stanley Choi
Stanley Choi

The end results are as follows:

Macau High Stakes Challenge Final Table Prizes

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