The Week That Was: Macau High Stakes Poker, Eastgate Selling Bracelet, NAPT-LA

Tom Dwan went to Macau hoping to win millions in cash games.

Tom Dwan went to Macau hoping to win millions in cash games.

The biggest names in poker played in massive cash games in Macau, a World Series of Poker Main Event winner auctioning off his bracelet on Ebay for charity, the North American Poker Tour concludes its first season in Los Angeles (and Compton), and much more on this week’s edition of “The Week That Was”.

Nosebleed Cash Game Action in Macau

The Asian Poker Tour stop in Macau drew a field of 161 players (for the record, 18-year old Zhang Dan Peng took down the title for HKD 1,678,000 – $215,000 US) but more importantly, it will be remembered for some of the biggest cash games in history. Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, John Juanda and Chau Giang were some of the notable names spotted taking on a group of Chinese businessmen and other Macau regulars in no-limit hold’em action in several Macau casinos that started as “low” as 5,000/10,000 HKD ($640/$1,280 US) up to 10,000/20,000 HKD with a 10,000 HKD ante ($1,280/$2,560 $US). Tournament director extraordinaire Matt Savage started a thread at 2+2 just over a week ago and over 750,000 views later it’s still going strong. One of the hands that led to heightened interest was when it was reported that reported Giang winning a HKD 20,000,000 ($2,560,000 US) pot as both players made full houses on the turn. Highlights of that thread, with some inside information, can be read here. While Ivey is no longer in Macau at the time of writing, reports indicate he came out ahead overall. Dwan’s still there, but if he’s actually up or down overall remains subject to speculation.

Eastgate’s Bracelet Up for Auction

Monday brought news of 2008 WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate offering his bracelet on eBay, with the proceeds going to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Eastgate, who announced in July he was stepping away from poker, said in an interview that while he took great pride in winning the title, he had never worn the bracelet, and a charity auction would be the best way to help a large number of people. One notable person who wants to win: Tony G, stating on his blog at PartyPoker that he wants to win the bracelet and turn it into a dog collar for his dog, Zasko. At the time of this article, the top bid was at $54,300 with bidding closing on November 25th. To see the listing on Ebay, check it out here.

Tehan and Baldwin Winners at NAPT-Los Angeles

The final PokerStars NAPT tournament of the year took place in California as the action got so intense, it needed to be held in two card rooms. While most of the action took place at the Bicycle Casino, due to the World Poker Tour holding the exclusive rights to film poker tournaments, coverage needed to be moved to another location for ESPN to broadcast the tournament. First, the $5,000 Main Event started at the Bike, but the final table was moved to the Crystal Casino in Compton, CA. Joe Tehan started the final table fifth in chips, but went on a tear at the final table, knocking out all seven opponents, including Jason Mercier, Michael Binger and Jake Toole to take down the title along with earning $725,000. The $5,000 Bounty Shootout started and finished at the Crystal Casino, with Eric Baldwin defeating a final table featuring Michael Mizrachi, David Williams and Tom Marchese to earn $157,280. Justin Young, runner-up to Baldwin, earned the most bounties to earn a $25,000 Bounty Shootout seat at the 2011 PCA in the Bahamas in January.

Elsewhere…

FullTiltPoker‘s FTOPS XVI winners this week include Soi Nguyen, Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah. The tournament circuit this weekend features a plethora of main events, including: US Poker Championship in Atlantic City, WSOP-Circuit in Lake Tahoe, the LA Poker Open at the Commerce, Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza in Vegas, and two WPT Regional events at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL and Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, IN. Congratulations to Gavin Smith on being a new father.

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