Macau has Biggest Cash Games in History

If you follow high stakes poker news often, then you’ve heard of the huge poker games that take place on Full Tilt Poker.  Star players such as Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, llari Sahamies and “Isildur1” commonly play poker hands with $500/$1,000 blinds involved.  And while this is extremely impressive, the recent cash games at Macau dwarf these numbers.

According to multiple news outlets, a giant cash game formed on the side of the Asian Poker Tour Macau event this past week.  Several Chinese business men formed the poker table, and started games where the blinds reached $5,000/$10,000 and $10,000/$20,000.  Eventually, the pros found their way to this table with Dwan, Ivey, John Juanda and Chau Chiang all taking part in the game.  As you can imagine, the casino poker pros were all big winners in this game.

While it’s difficult to get a totally accurate number on how much cash each player earned, it’s estimated that Dwan won somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 to $9 million in the 30-hour game.  What really makes this story incredible is that Dwan essentially blew off the Macau poker tournament so he could keep participating in this juicy cash game.  In addition to Dwan being a big winner, it’s also been reported that Ivey, Juanda, and Chiang all made some nice profits too. 

Getting back to Dwan, it’s amazing to think that the 24-year-old began his poker career just seven years ago with a $50 birthday gift from his dad.  Dwan has since turned this initial $50 bankroll into a multi-million dollar bankroll by learning lots of poker strategy and earning tons of rakeback money.  The story of Dwan just goes to show that just about anybody can make it in the internet poker world if they play well and take advantage of online poker deals.

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