$100 million Macau Tournament likely a sham

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Dec 02, 2011 Posted in Poker Gossip | No Comments »

My suspicions as to the veracity of the $100 million poker tournament in Macau that was being flouted seem to have proven correct, as one of the Macau poker scene’s major players, Tom Hall, took to the 2+2 poker forums yesterday to offer his opinions on what was really going on in the Las Vegas of the East.

Hall, who posts regularly on the forum with information on the nosebleed cash games that take place in Macau, had this to say regarding the supposed $100 million tournament:

“This to me seems to be utter garbage. Nobody sensible I know in Macau knows anything about it. None of the casinos, poker room managers, big game players, junket room operators or media guys has heard anything credible. You also have to get any poker event approved by the DICJ (Macau regulator) in conjunction with the hosting casino. Also, as gambling on TV is highly restricted in China and promotion of gaming generally frowned upon, why would Chinese institutions support it. Publicity grab”

Just what entity was trying to gain publicity from the false news is a bit convoluted, but it’s also not out of the realm of possibility that the entire story was set up as a scam to relieve a few people of the $200,000 buy-in (some of whom may not have known until the tournament was set to take place in 2013!) since the “organizers” were quoting a registration period of Now – December 15th.

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