The Macau High Stakes Challenge Prize Pool Could Top USD $30million

Posted at 23:42 2012-08-30 by Matthew Pitt

A tournament that takes place tomorrow at the Poker King Club in the Starworld Casino, Macau that could boast a prize pool of over USD$30,000,000! The Macau High Stakes Challenge costs HKD$2,000,000 (USD$257,000) to enter but that has not put off the crowds as 80 players have already bought in!

The $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop, which took place during the 2012 World Series of Poker, saw a total of 48 players create a prize pool of $42,666,672; the lion's share of which finding its way to Antonio Esfandiari's bankroll – the eventual champion. The Macau High Stakes Challenge's buy-in stands at HK$2,000,000, which is roughly USD$257,000, and it appears that scores of people have a quarter-of-a-million US dollars to spare because, at time of writing, there are 80 players who have registered and bought in!

Among these players are the UK pro Sam Trickett who recently signed as an ambassador to the International Stadiums Poker Tour and who finished as runner-up in “The Big One,” John Juanda who is fresh from his EPT Barcelona final table appearance, Andrew “good2cu”Robl and the legendary Phil Ivey.

Reports are suggesting the player cap has been set at 80 but there shouts to allow more players to take part which could massively boost the already huge prize pool. Also, players are allowed to re-buy one for an additional HKD$2,000,000 so if just half re-buy we will be looking at a prize pool in excess of USD$30,000,000! Should the organisors decide to allow more players to buy in we could be in with an outside chance of the Macau High Stakes Challenge rivalling the Big One for One Drop; something we at PokerNetwork never thought we would see happen outside of the WSOP Main Event.

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Phil Ivey will be gunning for his piece of an estimated $30,000,000 prize pool Phil Ivey will be gunning for his piece of an estimated $30,000,000 prize pool

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