PokerStars Championship Macau: More than half a million to the High Roller winner
This HK$100K High Roller tournament is bigger than we predicted, but we're by no means surprised of the great turn out.
Back in the old EPT days, the final $10K of each stop was so popular that even the Super Duper High Rollers considered it one of the must-play and must-win tournaments. That feeling has certainly continued into the PokerStars Championship era.
Steve O'Dwyer won in Panama. Luc Greenwood won in the Bahamas. Mustapha Kanit, Connor Drinan, and Nick Petrangelo all won one at EPTs last year. Even Will Kassouf won at the final EPT stop in Prague; the title and trophy meant so much to him that he took less money in a deal with Patrick Serda to secure them.
As registration is now closed here in Macau, we can finally bring you the official numbers. This event drew a nice, round 180 entries, which includes 42 re-entries. That means a prize pool of HK$17,460,000, and over half a million US dollars to the champ.
To be precise, the winner will take home HK$3,870,000 (approximately $503,100 US). 27 players in total will make the money, with a min cash worth HK$175,000 (roughly US$22,750). Here's a glimpse at the final table payouts:
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You can view all of the prizes here. As I type there are 46 players remaining, with Raghav Bansal leading the field. He's followed by Daniel Dvoress, Neel Murthy, and Petrangelo.
Manig Loeser, David Peters, Dan Smith, John Juanda, Dario Sammartino, and PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos are all still title-chasing.
Who will be crowned the next High Roller champ? Stay tuned.
For live updates of this event, head over to our friends at PokerNews.
Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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