The Big Game is a high-stakes cash game in Macau that involves wealthy Asian businessmen and some of the world’s top poker professionals. The no-limit Texas hold’em cash game takes place sporadically at StarWorld’s Poker King Club and features blind levels of HKD$10,000/HKD$20,000 (~$1,300/$2,600). Famous poker pros that have played in the Big Game include Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Guy Laliberté, John Juanda and Sam Trickett to name a few.
The soon to be 38 year old Gus Hansen, aka The Great Dane, scored big in his 3rd 24-hour marathon poker session with a huge $3.8 million profit. Hansen made a pit stop in Macau on his way to play in the Aussie Millions tournament held in Australia, a tournament that he had won five years prior that paid him $1.5 million.
In his blog, Hansen wrote about the non-stop action in Macau.
“Maybe I am just getting older but I never thought I would see an entire group outlasting me at the poker table. These guys have stamina like marathon runners. Session after session they keep on going and although I tried to hang with them for a while, I was so tired in the end I had to throw in the towel, give up and go to bed.”
He also commended the Big Game organizers in Macau for their efforts as well as the good attitude of fellow poker players.
“The game is very well organized by Poker King Club manager Mr. Winfred Yu and played in an extremely pleasant environment with good service for all the players. On top of that, all the players have an unprecedented good attitude towards the game – the game is played in a good spirited way with a lot of laughs and giggles – and a respectful demeanor towards each other and the staff and dealers. I actually think a lot of poker pro’s out there could learn a lot on how to behave at the poker table from watching this game!”
Hansen will play one more Big Game session before finally heading off Down Under for the Aussie Millions at the Crowne Casino in Melbourne. The Main Event is scheduled to start on January 22nd with a buy-in of $10,600 AUD. Last year’s Main Event attracted a field of 721 players for a combined prize pool of $7.21 million AUD (~$7.6M CAD) and $2 million being paid to the winner.