Another busy week in poker has gone by, plenty of glory, a little bit of failure and even some controversy to go with it. We have had tournaments finishing in California, Australia and also in Oklahoma, a massive high roller turbo tournament in Macau was also held and we are still awaiting the winner of the much controversial Partouche Poker Tour in Cannes.
Hale Rains Down on The WPT Legends Of Poker Main Event!
In the first tournament of the week to be completed, Josh Hale successfully beat a large field of 622 fellow poker pros to win the first major event of his poker career. He walked away with a very handsome $500k after beating players of the caliber of Jeff Madsen, Max Steinberg, Rouf Malek and Greg Mueller on the final table.
Oklahoma and The WinStar World Casino River Plate Poker Series – Massey Takes Win!
An event that had even more runners was soon completed after the WPT, this one had a $2,000 buy-in and attracted a massive 1,396 entrants. This generated a prize pool of $2.788 million and the winner Aaron Massey took home $659k of it.
This event attracted some of the biggest names in poker such as David “Doc” Sands and Chris Moneymaker, who both also cashed in this event. The win was the biggest of Massey’s poker career to date and put him above $1million in career earnings.
APPT Melbourne Sees Razavi Crowned The Champ!
The other side of the planet wasn’t o miss out on some top class poker action either, with Australia and in particular Melbourne playing host to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. This one saw the Brit Sam Razavi earn the win, after beating out Keith Walker in the heads up session to win $326,125.
Macau SNG High Roller Event Sees Businessman Choi Take Huge Payout!
Well those previous three tournament prize pools added up still could not compete with the money being played for here. With 73 players all stumping up around $250k to buy into the event it created a massive prize pool of $23,511.128.
This event attracted some serious high rollers, some are not even considered poker professionals, and there was a mix of businessmen here that simply play the game as a hobby. The winner was one of those, Stanley Choi managing to beat the pros at their own game to win $6,465.560.
That payout was the 10th biggest ever, which is not a bad achievement for somebody that only plays part time, albeit at extremely high stakes. This event was a closed doors event, as many of the businessmen were here to simply win money; they are not interested in the fame and glory that comes with traditional tournaments.