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Monster Cash Games in Macau

by Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer

When Phil Ivey showed up at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) event in Macau earlier this month, the poker world stood up and took notice. After all, it had been over seven long months since he had played in a live tournament, a period that included the 2011 World Series of Poker.

Ivey didn’t win the APPT’s Main Event, busting at the end of the second day, but that certainly didn’t mean the action was going to stop.

Instead of heading home, Ivey played alongside other noted professional players in the “Macau Big Game”, sitting with some of the wealthiest Chinese players in the country. It has been reported that Tom Dwan walked away from the game last year with over $9 million. To say that players like Ivey, Dwan, and Johnny Chan look at this as an “investment opportunity” would be an understatement.

The host casino of the game, The Poker King Club, even went as far to post the following on their Facebook Page:

It was reported on the 2+2 Forums that Ivey, Chan and Dwan were playing HK$1,000-$2,000 blinds, which converts to about $128-$257 USD. In accordance with local regulations, the only game that can be played in The Poker King Club is NLHE, so a mixed-game rotation was out of the question.

Andrew Robl was in on the action in Macau as well, and apparently he took his bankroll for a rollercoaster ride:

While swings like that can make the players involved sick to their stomachs, it's certainly entertaining for the rest of us to watch from the sidelines.

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