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High rollers head to Macau for $130k buy-in tournament

Macau casinoWhile most poker players are anxiously waiting for the World Series of Poker to begin next month, high rollers have their sights locked on another event. On June 5, the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions will be held at the City of Dreams casino in Macau and the massive buy-in of $130,000 has already 50 players signed up. The restrictive buy in didn’t scare players such as John Juanda, Tobias Reinkemeier, Igor Kurganov, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Devan Tang, Tony Gregg, Aaron Lim, Mike Watson or Nick Wong.

These are some of the poker professionals who have recently announced their intention of attending the event, weeks after Jonathan Duhamel, Gus Hansen, Celina Lin or Erik Seidel confirmed their presence. There are two more weeks left until the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions begins and the organisers are confident that more players will sign up. The City of Dreams casino will be the gracious host for three days and throughout the competition, PokerStars will be broadcasting live from the premises.

The poker company is running satellites every week for this event, with one lucky player qualifying every Sunday through a special satellite. These players and the ones who chose to buy in directly for the main event will have to postpone their plans about the World Series of Poker. Fortunately for them, the action only heats up in Vegas in the second half of June, which means that they have plenty of time to focus at the challenge at hand.

Given the fact that the buy ins stands at $130,000, it is only natural to assume that the prize pool will inch close to $10 million if more players sign-up. This makes it worth traveling to Macau in early June to compete for a slice of this enormous pie, even if this means making a detour on your way to Las Vegas. The worst-case scenario is that the prize pool will revolve around the value of $6.5 million, but this will still translate into a main prize of more than $1 million.

The organisees are frequently advertising the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions as the biggest tournament for high rollers to be held outside WSOP. The Director of Live Poker Operations is confident that this second edition will be a huge success and expects 100 players to sit down at the high stakes games in Macau. City of Dreams casino hosted the first edition and with the buy in being twice as high, the prize pool was in excess of $23 million. Stanley Choi emerged victorious and received 6 1/2 million dollars after outshining a pack of poker pros such as Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Sam Trickett.

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