21May
Macau High Stakes Poker Games Wrap Up

The TwoPlusTwo forums have been abuzz with news about the high stakes games in Macau this past week. In fact, these games even overshadowed the stories about the APT Macau, stealing the limelight from the tournament’s winner, Zhang Dan Peng. Of course, it’s perfectly understandable, what with Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and Phil Ivey battling it out with some Chinese big wigs. It almost seems like a scene from a mafia action movie, and people were half expecting that a private army would come and snatch these two up the moment they earn their first few millions. Now, however, the games have slowed to a halt, with the promise of resuming in the following week. Dwan and Ivey are still in one piece, thank God. In fact, they came out much richer than before. Dwan, for example, has reputedly won around eight to nine million in cold hard cash.

Poker as it should be

The cash games caught the attention of the people so much that blow by blow accounts of the action were being posted in the internet. It was discovered that Ivey and Dwan, along with John Juanda and Chau Giang, were in on the action with some big Chinese businessmen. They were shuffling about values that reached up to $40 million. Matt Savage was a big source of information about the games and he provided the most reliable data. The players apparently played short-handed with blinds running as high as HKD $5000/10000. Phil Ivey apparently won millions against the businessmen, but the amount remains unknown and he left home early along with the other pros, right after the games died down. However, the spotlight in the Macau games belongs to Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, who won so much at the games that he decided to stay in Asia for the time being.

Dwan vs. a Shanghai Businessman

While the other pros decided to go home, Dwan accepted a challenge from a Shanghai businessman that involved much, much higher stakes – think blinds that run as high as HKD $30,000/60,000 – ten times higher than what he usually plays at Full Tilt. When the games began, Dwan was a bit on the losing side, having lost about $2.5 million heads up against the businessman. But he managed to bounce back. The whole story isn’t known, but Dwan reportedly won about 8 to 9 million dollars, which is about HKD $68 million.

You can watch the high stakes poker games live at Full Tilt, just remember to use the Full Tilt Poker Referral Code for 2011: THEGAME, when signing up.

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