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PokerStars GaungDong Limited Asia Millions Main Event Draws 71 Entrants and 54 Rebuys


City of Dreams Entertainment ResortThe World Series of Poker isn’t the only tournament attracting poker players and fan’s attention this summer. Across the world in The City of Dreams Entertainment Resort in Macau, China, the PokerStars GaungDong Limited Asia Millions event has become one of the biggest poker tournaments in history.

The main event brought in 71 entrants each paying the HK $1 million buy-in ($130,000), 54 of whom exercised their option to rebuy, creating a massive HK $119 million prize pool ($15.4 million), the second largest in history outside of Las Vegas.

The top 8 players will make the money with the winner earning an estimated HK $34.6 million ($4.47 million). The top 6 players will all earn at least HK $8.3 million ($1 million).

Some notable players who made it to the end of day 1 include Bertrand Grospellier, Gus Hansen, John Juanda, Joseph Cheong, and Greg Merson, Jonathan Duhamel, Dan Smith, Mike McDonald, Isaac Haxton, Philipp Gruissen, Sorel Mizzi and Tony Gregg.



over 7 years ago

why try to compete with the WSOP and split the player pool in two when you could stagger the event at some other time on the calender and have them all? Make it a win/win instead of a lose/lose. Players would be ecstatic to have another series to win life changing money.


over 7 years ago

The players who are willing to put up 130K aren't interested in the first few low limit events at the WSOP anyway.