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2013 GuangDong Ltd. Asia Millions Day 1: Duhamel On Top

Jonathan duhamel playing liveThere was no shortage of poker professionals and celebrities at the 2013 GuangDong Ltd. Asia Millions, and as expected the prize pool consists of millions of dollars. 71 players bought in and 54 of them needed rebuys to stay alive, which brought the total prize pool to the massive amount of $15 million. Eight players will share this money and the winner will take the lion’s share, $4.4 million, which is just 2 millions shy of the prize collected last year by the 2012 GuangDong Ltd. Asia Millions winner.

The highrollers tournament was a roller-coaster for its participants and 54 of them will return tomorrow, for a brand-new session of top quality poker. One memorable hand was the one played between Shaun Deeb and JC Alvarado, with the former going all in on a board full of clubs. His suited A-3 of clubs gave him the nuts flush, but that was not good enough against Alvarado’s straight flush.

For a brief period of time JC was among the top four players, but at the end of the day he sunk to the eighth position. As for Shaun Deeb, he was a bit sour after losing his hand but doesn’t blame anyone but himself, as can be seen from his tweet:

With less than an hour to go, most of the observers were expecting PokerStars Team Online Isaac Haxton to be the chip leader, as he had a commanding lead. Everything changed when Jonathan Duhamel came from behind and his surge propelled him all the way to the first place, being the only player with more than 6 million chips. At the top of the food chain there are other professional poker players such as John Juanda, Aaron Lim or Igor Kurganov and it will be Day 2 that will make or break them.

Take a look at the top 10 contenders so far, as they have the best chance to make it to the final table:

1. Jonathan Duhamel – 6,080,000

2. Isaac Haxton – 5,658,000

3. Sorel Mizzi – 5,649,000

4. Fenglei Qian – 5,075,000

5. Di Dang – 4,104,000

6. Joseph Cheong – 4,052,000

7. Anson Tsang – 3,892,000

8. JC Alvarado – 3,787,000

9. Dan Smith – 3,618,000

10. Thomas McDonald – 3,576,000






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