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Joe Cheong Snaps Up $10m HKD in Manila Millions
Former November Niner Joe Cheong capped off a very profitable trip to Asia yesterday with a $10.4m HKD ($1.34m USD) win in the Manila Millions.
Moving on to the Phillipines after a second-place finish in the WSOP APAC $50k High Roller for $534,776, Cheong pocketed twice as much for winning one of Asia's richest tournaments.
With a $1m HKD buy-in ($130k USD) plus reentries the small field of 18 still piled up a decent-sized prize pool topped up with an extra $2m HKD by the organizers.
Big Names Plentiful, Deeb Bails
As expected many of the game's toughest high-rollers came to play including Sam Trickett, Phillip Gruissem, Andrew Robl, David "Raptor" Benefield, Macau high rollers Paul Phua, Richard Yong and Elton Tsang. Aussie superstar Joe Hachem also took a seat.
Poker pro and Easy Game subject Shaun Deeb, despite making the trip all the way to Manila, decided not to play:
Decided to unreg from the super high roller here smaller and tougher field than expected— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) April 18, 2013
It was Cheong who dominated the action though, grabbing the chip lead with 11 players left, dropping to the short stack on the bubble but then storming back for the win, needing only one hand of heads-up play to finish off Yong.
Cheong, needless to say, was pleased with his results:
Shiiiippp it! 1st for 10mil+ hong kong dollars. Photos coming soon— Joseph Cheong (@subiime) April 19, 2013
The official final four and payouts:
- 1. Joseph Cheong HKD $10,428,000
- 2. Richard Yong HKD $6,548,000
- 3. Peter CHan HKD $4,123,000
- 4. Paul Phua HKD $3,151,000
Benefield finished just off the money in fifth.