With 2,343 entrants, the 2016 Macau Millions recently became the largest event in Macau poker history, shattering the previous record of 1,804 players in 2014.
“I’m over the moon with the result and it’s safe to say that poker in Macau is still thriving,” Danny McDonagh, Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) president said according to Poker News. “We increased the buy-in from HK$2,200 to HK$3,000 and decreased from six Day 1s to three so it was certainly a challenge to get here. But the structure adjustments that were implemented have clearly worked as intended and it’s a terrific accomplishment to break the record in half the [number] of days.”
The large number of players resulted in a HK$6.1 million prize pool, double the original HK$3 million guarantee, and Alvan Zheng found himself the lucky winner, walking away with HK$911,00 – about US$117,390.
This win shot Zheng from 22nd to 13th on China’s all-time money list.
“Finally!” Zheng yelled at the end of the tournament. “I’m excited and overwhelmed.”
Zheng started the nine-person final table as chip leader with Quan Zhou (2014 APPT Seoul High Roller champ) close behind. After the other seven players were eliminated, the two Chinese nationals faced off in heads-up play. In the final hand, Zhou limped from the small blind with 10♢, 2♢ and Zheng (10♡, 5♡) checked his option. The flop came 2♤, 5♤, 10♧, giving both two-pair and prompting a series of back-and-forth raises that put Zhou all-in.
The turn (8♤) and the river (3♢) were of no further help to either player, sending Zheng home with the victory.
The next big event at PokerStars Live Macau is the Macau Poker Cup beginning Feb. 19. The Red Dragon Main Event features a HK$8 million guarantee.
2016 Macau Millions final table results:
(Photo credit: travel oriented, Creative Commons).
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