ASIA: Prizepool tops AUD $16m in Macau high roller event

Three Aussies – Jeff Rossiter, Aaron Lim and Kyle Cheong – along with Hong Kong-based Australian David Steicke have survived the opening day’s play in the ‘GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions’ (GDAM) Main Event at City of Dreams in Macau as they eye a staggering first prize of more than AUD $4.6 million.

The invite-only HKD $1 million event has attracted an eclectic mix of 71 poker pros and regional high stakes gamblers who, with the help of 54 rebuys (two were allowed per player), have built a prizepool of HKD $119,375,000 or just under AUD $16,225,000.

A total of 20 players were railed on day one, including Erik Seidel, Mike Watson and Shaun Deeb while 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel (pictured) leads the 51 remaining players ahead of Isaac Haxton and Sorel Mizzi.

Joseph Cheong, Mike McDonald, Tom Hall, John Juanda, Gus Hansen, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, reigning WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson and a slew of Hong Kong and Chinese players also remain in contention for a huge payday.

GDAM Main Event (HKD $1m buy-in, 71 players, 54 rebuys, total prizepool HKD $119,375,000)

1 Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) 6,080,000
2 Isaac Haxton (Malta) 5,658,000
3 Sorel Mizzi (Canada) 5,649,000
4 Fenglei Qian (China) 5,075,000
5 Di Dang (USA) 4,104,000
6 Joseph Cheong (USA) 4,052,000
7 Anson Yan Shing Tsang (China) 3,892,000
8 Juan Carlos Alvarado (Mexico) 3,787,000
9 Dan Smith (Canada) 3,618,000
10 Thomas McDonald (UK) 3,576,000
11 Ping San Chan (Hong Kong) 3,500,000
12 Rono Shing Fung Lo (Hong Kong) 3,442,000
13 Zheng Tang (China) 3,224,000
14 Max Altergott (Austria) 3,174,000
15 Liang Yu (China) 2,995,000
16 Mike McDonald (Canada) 2,923,000
17 Igor Kurganov (Germany) 2,837,000
18 Tom Hall (UK) 2,834,000
19 Kejing Tang (China) 2,827,000
20 Tore Lukashaugen (Norway) 2,756,000
21 Richard Seng Cheng Yong (China) 2,597,000
22 Anthony Gregg (USA) 2,541,000
23 John Juanda (USA) 2,498,000
24 Pratyush Buddiga (Canada) 2,412,000
25 Aaron Lim (Australia) 2,325,000
26 Tobias Reinkemeier (Germany) 2,305,000
27 Vladimir Troyanovskiy (Russia) 2,256,000
28 David Steicke (Hong Kong) 2,062,000
29 Gus Hansen (Denmark) 1,756,000
30 Guanfei Zhu (China) 1,741,000
31 Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (France) 1,737,000
32 Feng Wang (China) 1,712,000
33 Chunlei Zhou (China) 1,642,000
34 Fabian Quoss (Germany) 1,599,000
35 Philipp Gruissem (Germany) 1,568,000
36 Lap Kay Chan (China) 1,567,000
37 Greg Merson (USA) 1,567,000
38 Sven Niklas Heinecker (Germany) 1,550,000
39 Ying Wu (China) 1,549,000
40 Nick Cho Fai Wong (Hong Kong) 1,468,000
41 Brian Powell (USA) 1,366,000
42 Stanley Chin Fai Choi (China) 1,351,000
43 Jeffrey Rossiter (Australia) 1,234,000
44 Winfred Yu (Hong Kong) 1,156,000
45 Wei Seng Phua (China) 940,000
46 Devan Ying Seng Tang (Hong Kong) 890,000
47 Jonathan Godfrey (UK) 870,000
48 Kyle Cheong (Australia) 785,000
49 Keith Gipson (USA) 780,000
50 Tom Hu (USA) 611,000
51 Yat Wai Cheng (Hong Kong) 606,000

Payouts

1 HKD $34,600,000/USD $4,464,516
2 HKD $24,500,000/USD $3,161,290
3 HKD $16,100,000/USD $2,077,419
4 HKD $12,525,000/USD $1,616,129
5 HKD $10,200,000/USD $1,316,129
6 HKD $8,300,000/USD $1,070,968
7 HKD $7,150,000/USD $922,581
8 HKD $6,000,000/USD $774,194


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