The PokerStars.net Macau Millions broke all records for an Asian poker tournament with 741 starting players. Yet it was an unknown MBA student from Hong Kong, Justin Chan, who stole the show.
The PokerStars.net Macau Millions broke all records for an Asian poker tournament
with 741 starting players. Yet it was an unknown MBA student from Hong Kong, Justin Chan, who stole the show.
An altered structure which allowed players to re-register after having busted out once ensured this year's PokerStars.net Macau Millions to be the biggest ever Asian poker tournament. Taking place at the Grand Casino Lisboa, the Macau Millions had attracted pros and title-holders from all over the world, but in the end it was the unknown Chan who would outlast them all.
The 30-year old Chan played an aggressive game and saw only one crucial turning point when he had all of his chips in the middle against Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu. Chan holding AK was dominated by Wu's aces before the flop, but two kings on the board came to the rescue for Chan. Going heads-up against American Tom Chou, Chan had built up a 4-1 chiplead which was enough to ensure him the title as he in the final hand spiked an eight to match his 89 against Chou's K7.
"This is my first major poker win" said Chan, who describes himself as a dedicated tournament player. "I was looking online at PokerStars in the Macau tab and joined because I wanted to play in a big tournament!"
Justin Chan will take home HKD$275,000, close to $36,000 for ending in top in Macau. As an extra bonus, the win will move him straight into 6th place on the Asia Player of The Year Leaderboard.