It was an exciting and historic day for poker in Macau today with the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions (GDAM) Main Event kicking off in the PokerStars LIVE poker room at the City of Dreams in Macau. The HK$1,000,000 (US$132,000) buy-in tournament attracted the world’s best players along with a junket of wealthy Chinese businessmen to form one of the largest super-high roller poker tournaments the world has ever seen.
A total of 71 players came together for the event, and combined for a staggering 54 rebuys to swell the prize pool to HK$119,375,000 (US$15.4million). This overtook the mark from the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure as the second largest prize pool of all time outside of Las Vegas. The top eight players will finish in the money with first place set to pocket HK$34,600,000 (US$4.46 million).
The day was full of action with both Bertrand Grospellier and JC Alvarado making straight-flushes during the day in two brutal coolers. The latter was against Shaun Deeb who was unable to get away from his nut flush and was sent to the rail. Others to join Deeb on the sidelines were the likes of Erik Seidel, Mike Watson and Kenny Wong.
Most of the big name professionals survived as part of the 51 players who will return on Day 2. 2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel will lead the way with an impressive 6,080,000 chips with Ike Haxton and Sorel Mizzi close behind.
For the Australian contingent, Kyle Cheong lost most of his stack with ace-king on an A-K-5 flop against pocket fives, but was able to triple up on several occasions to get back close to his starting stack. Cheong bagged up 785,000 as one of the short stacks while Jeff Rossiter (1,234,000), David Steicke (2,062,000) and Aaron Lim (2,325,000) all safely progressed to Day 2.
Top Ten Chip Counts
1. Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) - 6,080,000
2. Isaac 'Ike' 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 Tsang (China) - 3,892,000
8. JC Alvarado (Mexico) - 3,787,000
9. Daniel Smith (Canada) - 3,618,000
10. Thomas Mcdonald (UK) - 3,576,000
Play recommences at 3pm local time Thursday afternoon and you can follow all of the action live through the live video stream hosted right here at Poker Asia Pacific.
Information and images courtesy of the PokerStars Blog
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- Title: GuangDong Asia Millions: Jonathan Duhamel leads Day 1
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