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A piece of Macau in Monte Carlo

Written by Ben Blaschke

With Macau now the undisputed home of the world’s biggest cash games, it can often be difficult to lure the cash game regulars away from Asian shores … unless there is something special on offer. That certainly appears to be the case this week with the cream of Macau’s crop currently in Europe and making quite a splash at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

No doubt the fact that some pretty big cash games, with blinds around the €500/€1,000 level, have been up and running hasn’t hurt, and of course there is the small matter of the €100,000 Super High Roller Event which has preceded today’s EPT Main Event.

With just eight players remaining in the €100,000 Super High Roller, two of Macau’s finest remain right in contention for the €1,804,000 first prize. Renowned businessman Richard Yong quietly went about his work yesterday to enter the final table sixth in chips with 1,301,000 while Lo Shing Fung was never far from the action as he assembled the tournament big stack. He heads to the final table with a whopping 4,558,000 – almost double that of his nearest rival – and needs to finish only seventh to guarantee his highest career score.

Richard Yong

Richard Yong

Among those standing in his way are Daniel Cates, Olivier Busquet and Malaysia’s Paul Phua.