Cheong in Charge, Duhamel Alive in $50k High Roller

Joseph Cheong
Joe Cheong

It won't earn him a bracelet, but Joe Cheong likely won't feel slighted in the least if he takes down the first-ever $50k High Roller at WSOP APAC.

One of only two non-bracelet events held at Crown Casino this week, the $50k High Roller still managed to draw the big-time gamblers from Macau but it was former November Niner Cheong who fared best on Day 1.

The only player to cross the 1-million mark, Cheong is in control with just 11 players left heading into tomorrow as he bagged 1,500,000 for the overnight lead.

The aforementioned Macau heavyweights  - nine in total who arrived just before the High Roller started - didn't fare too badly themselves with Elton Tsang (937,000), Paul Phua (815,000) and Lo Shing Fung (612,000) all thriving on Day 1.

Duhamel, Gruissem Middle of the Pack

2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel (604,000) managed to see Day 2 as did German high-roller specialist Phillip Gruissem (530,000).

Aussie icon Joe Hachem and Party Poker pro Marvin Rettenmaier also hung on but will start the race to the title well back with 371,000 and 354,000, respectively.

Jonathan Duhamel
Duhamel: Still grinding.

Among the notables who failed to make it through were Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett, Mohsin Charania, Andrew Robl, John Juanda and Erik Seidel. For a full rundown of all the day's action, check our exclusive live updates here.

The final 11 and chip counts:

  • 1. Joseph Cheong – 1,500,000
  • 2. Elton Tsang – 937,000
  • 3. Paul Phua – 815,000
  • 4. Lo Shing Fung – 612,000
  • 5. Jonathan Duhamel – 604,000
  • 6. Philip Gruissem – 530,000
  • 7. Tom Hall – 389,000
  • 8. Joe Hachem – 371,000
  • 9. Marvin Rettenmaier – 354,000
  • 10. Devan Tang – 223,000
  • 11. Kyle Cheong – 214,000

All told 37 players bought in with 7 rebuys, making for an AUD $2.1 million prize pool and an $825,000 first-place prize. Check the full payout scale here.

Play down to the champion begins at 4 pm Melbourne time (2 am ET) and you can follow along live right here on

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