Nick Wong wins the GDAM Warm-up event
The highly anticipated 'GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions' (GDAM) was launched on Tuesday afternoon with the HK $250,000 (US $32k) Warm-Up event.
The 1-day tournament was held in Macau at the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' poker room and drew an impressive 45-player field where the Top Five players cashed for a share of the HK $10,743,750 (US $1.39M) prize pool.
Hong Kong's Nick Wong won the GDAM Warm-Up event and was awarded HK $4,298,000 (US $555k) for his victory.
It was no easy task as the final table was loaded with notables such as Team PokerStars' Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier and Isaac Haxton; Erik Seidel and Mike Watson; and, local hero Zuo "ST" Wang.
Wong carried an overwhelming chip lead heading into heads up play against Haxton and the battle lasted less than five minutes.
In the final hand, Haxton moved all-in with Qd9d and was quickly called by Wong's AhKd.
The board of 3♣J♣4♠6♣2♥ improved neither player's hand and Wong won with his ace- high.
When asked about whether he would fill his trophy -- which is shaped as a cup -- with champagne and drink out of it, the Hong Kong businessman replied, "When I win two of these!" in reference to the Main Event that starts the next day.
Wong is an accomplished High Roller player and adds the GDAM Warm-Up title to a resume that includes last year's GDAM Main Event where he placed 3rd for HK $25M.
GDAM Warm-up Results
1. Nick Wong (Hong Kong) -- HK $4,298,000
2. Isaac "Ike" Haxton (USA) -- HK $2,579,000
3. Philipp Gruissem (Germany) -- HK $1,719,000
4. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (France) -- HK $1,289,000
5. Tore Lukashaugen (Norway) -- HK $858,750
Last week, Guangdong Group (Macau) and PokerStars announced that they had already confirmed 70 players for the Main Event which has a buy-in of HK $1,000,000 (US $129k) and allows for two rebuys.
Those organizers are expecting the field size to surpass 100 when the tournament begins on Wednesday. That would make the GDAM Main Event the first Super High Roller tournament -- of US $100k or greater -- to crack the hundred-player mark.
The GDAM Main Event begins on Wednesday, June 5 at 3pm local time. The 3-day event will have a Live Webcast at www.PokerStars.tv in addition to live updates here on the PokerStars Blog.