Hong Kong’s Justin Chan has taken down the Macau Millions title along with HK$275,000 in prize money. PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Casino played host to the Macau Millions from over the past week with new records set for tournament poker in Asia.
The 741 entries in the unique re-repechage format was officially the record for the largest field in a poker tournament in Asia, surpassing the 679 players that entered the PokerStars.net Filipino Poker Tour at the Metro Card Club. The tournament's one million dollar guarantee was also easily surpassed as HK$1,467,180 was awarded to the 54 players that made it to the Sunday Day 2 Final.
Chan played outlasted a landmine of pros, top ranked players, and previous Asian poker title holders. However, the 30-year old MBA student would admit that the turning point came when he got all his chips in with Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu. Wu's pocket aces were in a dominant position against Chan's ace-king but two kings on the board saved his tournament life. Chan never looked back as he relentlessly raised and re-raised numerous pots on his way to the final table. By the time heads up play began, Chan had built a 4-to-1 chip lead over his lone remaining opponent, American Tom Chou.
On the final hand, Chan moved all-in and Chou made the call with K7 for the best hand against Chan’s 89. However, the flop paired Chan's eight and sealed his victory.
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Despite a definite preference for tournaments instead of cash games this was only the Hong Kong winner's second visit to Asia's gaming capital.
"This is my first major poker win," said a humble Chan. "I was looking online at PokerStars in the Macau tab and joined because I wanted to play a big tournament!"
Chan's online search paid off as he now moves into into 6th place on the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) Leaderboard. Raymond Wu maintains his number one ranking on the APOY list but now finds 8 other players within 1,000 points for Asia's most prestigious poker award. PokerStars sponsored Victor Chen from Taipei is one of those players as his third final table in 2010 moved him up to 7th place and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang is a close 2nd.
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