73 Players Register for a $250k Rebuy in MacauWednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Ryan
Macau features some high rollers in terms of the gambling world, and you’ll find that while many casinos around the world have featured tournaments with high dollar buy-in’s, not many have hit as well as the ones in Macau have. This definitely stands true for one of the most recent Super High Roller event in Macau. This event featured a massive tournament that featured a $250k buy-in, and also gave players an option to rebuy if they were knocked out early in the tournament as well! This definitely caught the attention of the poker world, and many people were curious to see what type of numbers that it would draw.
When all was said and done, and the four-level rebuy period came to a close, there were 73 players registered for the tournament, which means that it almost hit the tournament cap of 80 players. The tournament was held at the WinStar Casino in Macau, and out of the 73 players, 21 players had decided to rebuy back into the tournament for the $250k price. At the end of the day, the prize pool had reached an incredible $182,360,000 HKD, which equals out to just around $23.5 million in the USD. First place would pay out around $6.5 million USD also!
For those who are curious, yes, this is the largest first place pay day to ever be paid out for a poker tournament outside of the World Series of Poker Main Event, and the Big One for One Drop tournament that was held at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Interestingly, the $250k rebuy event in Macau drew in a much smaller amount of big named players than the other large tournaments did. That’s definitely not to say that there weren’t big names in attendance though, as the likes of Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, Joe Hachem, John Juanda, Ben Lamb, Gus Hansen, Brian Rast, Tom Dwan, Phillip Gruissem, and Mike McDonald were all there. Out of this long list of players, Juanda and Trickett had the best finishes. Juanda pulled in a 5th place finish that was worth around $1,645,868, and Trickett finished in 7th for $999,254.
The top four players were Tang Zheng, who got fourth for $2,233,687, Nicholas Wong got 3rd for $3,291,736, Zhu Guan Fai got 2nd for $4,349,913, and the winner of the entire event was Stanley Choi, taking home $6,466,011, all in USD. We’d be crazy not to mention Ivey finishing in 8th place, as well as Gruissem pulling in a 10th place finish to round out the top ten final finishers!
This was quite an entertaining tournament that featured not only big names, but also some incredibly good poker as well. Whenever you get not only big names, but also tournaments like this with high dollar buy-in’s, we are almost guaranteed to get some great poker all-around, and the final table definitely did not fail to excite.