Seventy-three players paid $257,854 to participate in the HK $2,000,000 High Stakes Challenge hosted by the StarWorld Hotel’s Poker King Club. When twenty-one players chose to re-buy after the tournament began, the competition’s prize pool increased to $23,511,128. When the tournament ended with Stanley Choi finishing in first place, Choi received more than 25% of the overall prize pool as his reward. In total, Choi received $6,465,560 for his victory.
Choi’s check is the tenth biggest ever paid to the winner of a live poker tournament. Antonio Esfandiari earned the largest paycheck in history when he won this year’s WSOP event, “The Big One for One Drop,” and collected $18,346,673. The other poker tournament winners who received checks bigger than Choi’s all won the WSOP’s Main Event.
To win the tournament, Choi had to outlast some of the best professional poker players in the world, including Tom Dwan, Gus Hansen, John Juanda, Sam Trickett, and Phil Ivey. Of those five, only Juanda, Trickett, and Ivey finished in the money, collecting $1,645,753, $999,184, and $822,941, respectively. Trickett is currently in the second position on the list of individuals who’ve won the most money in live poker tournaments while Ivey is the third spot.
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