StarWorld Macau’s Poker King Club has witnessed some marathon high stakes cash games over the past few days. Ever since Gus Hansen landed on the island a few days ago, he has joined the likes of Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Andrew Robl, Winfred Yu and a contingent of Asian businessmen for multiple 24-hour sessions.
With stakes of HKD $10,000/$20,000, the towers of plaques – that most poker players can barely fathom – were destined to gravitate to a fortunate yet deserving few. Now Poker Portal Asia has learned from a source about three of the Big Game’s winners…
Starting with The Great Dane, Hansen was unsure whether he would even get to play in Macau when he arrived. However, once he did eventually sit down at the felt, he barely sat up again, posting on his blog of the time-constraints for other pursuits when you get tangled up in games that last up to 24 hours. One probable reason for his reluctance to leave the tables is that he has been on one giant heater. As of yesterday, Hansen was up an astronomical HKD $30 million (USD $3.86 million).
Meanwhile, Andrew Robl is holding his own, racking up a HKD $3 million (USD $386,000) win. Robl was in Macau back in late November 2011 and tweeted about his wild swings at the Big Game from being up USD $2 million at one stage, only to go on to lose all of his profit to his opponents sometime later.
The Poker King Club’s Winfred Yu can be happy he is in the black as well, particularly after he caught a cold deck in one hand with Pocket Kings against Hansen’s Pocket Aces, which we reported on yesterday. Yu currently has HKD $1 million (USD $129,000) in profit.
Phil Ivey looked to be stacked in the photos published previously on Poker Portal Asia, but is reportedly even for the last week. Ivey has stationed himself regularly in Macau since the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event where he made his much publicised return to tournament poker on November 23, 2011.
At this stage it’s not known how John Juanda has ended up, but we’ll endeavour to find out. Stay tuned to Poker Portal Asia for more on Macau’s Big Game.
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