Hung-Sheng Lin Wins Record Macau Millions

Posted at 23:23 2011-04-11

The 2011 Macau Millions wrapped up over the weekend with Chinese Taipei sensation Hung-sheng Lin claiming a memorable victory over a record field.

The unique Macau Millions format allowed players to repechage over seven opening flights, and potentially reach the cash on each of those flights. Each day one would play down to the top 7% of the field, with each locking up a HK$8,000 pay day and a Day 2 berth.

Only six players managed to cash on multiple occasions, but the format proved very popular with many players playing more than one flight, and some even tried their luck on each of the seven days. This meant that the Macau Millions was able to attract a massive field of 1,329 entrants, which exceeded everyone’s wildest imaginations, and smashed the record for the largest ever poker tournament in Asia by number of entrants.

The HK$2,200 buy-in event was heavily dominated by local players, but there were a few headline acts in the field to give it some star power. Undoubtedly the biggest name in the field was none other than 2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel who stopped by to participate in the Ultimate Home Game promotion which was also held during the week.

Joining Duhamel were team PokerStars pros Celina Lin, Raymond Wu and Bryan Huang, while Czech pro Martin Hruby and the “Flying Dutchman” himself, Marcel Luske was a regular on the felt throughout the week.

93 players reached the money and Day 2, and that was further whittled down to just 34 by the start of Day 3.  Hung-sheng Lin was the chip leader entering the day, and it was a position he held throughout to claim a memorable coast-to-coast victory.

He didn’t have it easy however as there were plenty of international challengers lurking in the final stages, including Japanese sensation Hirotoshi Nakabo and PokerStars sponsored Neil Arce. The key hand on the final table came three-handed when Lin three-bet preflop holding {ad}{6s} following an opening raise from Germany’s Huy Khiem Nguyen. The two saw a flop of {as}{3s}{th} and Lin led out for 850,000. Nguyen moved all in and Lin made the call with his modest top pair. Nguyen showed {ts}{7s} and when the turn and river bricked out, Lin found himself with a 6-to-1 chip advantage over Frenchman Brice Renaud.

From there, it took Lin just one more hand to claim the title as his pocket jacks held against Renaud’s [ks][6s]. Lin takes home HK$400,000 for an amazing week of poker and jumps to a clear lead in the Asia Player of the Year race.

Macau Millions Final Table Results

1st Hung-sheng Lin (Taipei) (PokerStars Player) - HK$400,000
2nd Brice Renaud (France) - HK$300,000
3rd Huy Khiem Nguyen (Germany) - HK$200,000
4th Raiden Kan (Malaysia) (PokerStars Player) - HK$150,000
5th Jordon Lo (Taipei) - HK$120,000
6th Wenlong Jin (China) - HK$96,420
7th Hirotoshi Nakabo (Japan) - HK$75,000
8th Armand Prati (United States) - (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) - HK$60,000
9th Wayne Yap (Sinagpore) - HK$50,000

Notable cashes: Neil Arce (28th – HK$17,000), Raymond Wu (77th – HK$8,000)

Australian cashes: Paul Cottam (49th – HK$12,000), Daren Frunks (70th HK$10,000), Michael Mariakis (78th HK$8,000), Jing Yi Zhu (79th – HK$8,000)

The next major event on the Macau poker calendar is the next Macau Poker Cup from May 28th to June 5th with the Red Dragon Main Event guaranteed a HK$3,000,000 prize pool. You can qualify for free right now when you download PokerStars!

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