Having opened their poker room relatively recently, Macau Billionaire Poker are now taking their first steps into tournament series arena, in an attempt to compete with PokerStars Live Macau, who have been the sole host of tournaments there for quite some time. The 2016 Summer Showdown has been playing out in Macau this week, and seems to have gained a good following already. The series finished up with a HK$40K High Roller event ($5156), and a HK$8K buy in Main Event ($1031), which featured a HK$1 million guarantee.
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Talking to Somuchpoker, Macau Billionaire Poker COO, Christopher Chee commented “We are extremely happy with the number of players who came out to support us in our inaugural independent event and promise to attract higher numbers and create larger prize pools the next tournament, which will come 2016 Q4 . I want to thank our staff members for putting in many hours in order to run a successful event and, also the Macau Legend Development group for their continuous support to our cause”
Gary Yue wins the Main Event
Day 1a of the Main Event saw 61 entries, with only 21 of those players eventually moving on to day 2. This represented a good turnout for the first day, but that figure was surpassed by day 1b, which attracted 75 entries. 22 survived day lb, giving a us a field of 43 players for day 2.
By the time the players had reached the final table stage, a strong chipstack of 389,500 was out in front. That belonged to Kim Tae Hyung from Korea. His nearest challenger was Japan’s Tetsuro Tomita with 184,000. Despite their advantage heading into the final table, neither of these players would go on to win the title. It was hometown player Gary Yue who came from the middle of the pack to take victory, with Hyung having to settle for 2nd place. The final results are as follows:
|2||Kim Tae Hyung||$167,870|
|4||Hou Chun Lin||$89,040|
|6||Ka Shing Wong||$50,600|
|8||Dian Lei Zhang||$30,730|
|10||Lung Yuen Lin||$19,890|
|12||Jin Yu Zhou||$19,890|
Devan Tang claims the High Roller title
The HK$40K High Roller was certainly in keeping with the idea that this wasn’t to be a small stakes series, as was the HK80K Super High Roller earlier in the series. The 33 entries who bought in represent a good showing for an inaugural High Roller event, with the prize pool growing to HK$1,214,000 ($156,492). The HK$485,760 ($62,617) prize for 1st was eventually won by Devan Tang who defeated Petersven Andersson heads up.
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Talking about the High Roller events, Christopher Chee added “Staying true to our name of “Billionaire” poker we continue to emphasize our efforts in organizing high roller games. Both this 40K event and 80K event are scheduled in our official tournament event structure. In addition, we are currently running a 300K HKD Charity Event where we have 12 entries so far. Again, we are happy with the results we are seeing and will move to attract pros from across the globe aside from just the Asia region”
The final results are as follows: