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Iwan Leow Claims HK$1,442,300 Throne at Oriental Poker Championship High Roller

The Venetian Macau Resort and Hotel is the proud host of the first edition of Oriental Poker Championship which is striving to become one of the most popular and preferred poker congregations for many players. One of the first events which reached its long-anticipated final table was the HK$100,000 High Roller one and the skillful player who made it all the way to the top of the leader board was Iwan Leow who was granted the first-place prize of HK$1,442,300.

Running from May 23 through May 28 at The Venetian Macau Resort & Hotel in Macau, the championship comes with a total of 11 events that will certainly attract hundreds of players. Players who prefer the higher stakes, however, can take part in the second event of the festival, the HK$100,000 High Roller, which starts later today. The first cards of the satellite for the High Roller were dealt an hour after the Opening Event kicked off and 15 players tried to earn seats for much less than the entry fee of HK$100,000.

The player who came out victorious in the satellite qualified for the High Roller for just HK$11,000, which is quite an attractive offer for all high-stakes tournament players. The first poker pro to ate up for the High Roller was Xia Qing Li, followed by UK’s Matthew Moss and France’s Cyril Andre, along with several others. Soon, 22 players from all across Asia and even Australia joined the fight for the prestigious High Roller title. As many as 12 hours of game were needed for the players to make it all the way to the final table which is the point which can make or break a participant’s progress in the poker tournament.

Development of the Poker Tournament so Far

The winner at the end of this High Roller event Leow comes from Malaysia and has a lot on offer when it comes to poker skills demonstrated on the felt. He had already warmed up for the tournament with his previous memorable performance at the Triton Super High Roller festival in Montenegro where he managed to reach the final table at two of the four events.

During them, he managed to generate some US$450,194 combined since he reached two sixth places on the official rank list. This amount in addition to his current win at the High Roller added to his total live earnings which at this point reach US$776,741. When compared to other poker players from Malaysia he claims the sixth position at the official Malaysia All Time Money List with his recent earnings. The official final table of this premium event saw 7 players claiming some of the largest payouts in this tournament.

The runner-up position at the end of the day was taken by Yang Wang from China who could not outplay Leow in the heads-up duel and had to settle for the consolation prize of HK$921,000. The third place during this official final table was reserved for Albert Paik from the USA who deserved his payout of 580,000. In the meantime, the Main Event which features a guaranteed prize pool estimating to some HK$16,500 is in progress witnessing its second starting flight.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

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