Stanley Choi Wins That Overhyped Big Buy-in Tournament in Macau

You’d think with a $6.5M first place prize they could’ve splurged a little more on the trophy.

Ok all right maybe it was a sorta big deal.

The largest ever non-WSOP prize pool tournament took place in Macau on Friday, as 73 players plunked $250k USD to compete in the 2012 High Stakes Challenge.

The usual suspect of poker’s biggest high-stakes names entered. But none of them won. That honor went to Stanley Choi, who banked the $6.5M first place prize. It’s always good to see rich, successful Asian businessmen become ever more rich.

The $6.5M first place prize was the 10th largest in poker history. Only ever WSOP Main Event since 2005 and this year’s OneDrop event were larger.

In all, 12 of the 73 entrants cashed. The highest cashing “name” pro was John Juanda, who finished fifth for $1,645,753. Sam Trickett was seventh ($999,184) and Phil Ivey was eighth ($822,941).

With its hyper-turbo blind structure, the tournament only lasted around 14 hours. Degens gonna degen.

Get a full recap here.

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