Date
26 March 2017
Elton Tsang (seated) with the runners-up in the 2016 One Drop Extravaganza at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco on Sunday. Photo: Pokernews.com
Elton Tsang (seated) with the runners-up in the 2016 One Drop Extravaganza at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco on Sunday. Photo: Pokernews.com

HK-based Canadian wins US$12.2 million in world poker tournament

A Canadian national living in Hong Kong has won the grand prize in an international poker tournament in Monte Carlo.

Elton Tsang, 35, an IT businessman and professional poker player, pocketed 11,111,111 euros (US$12.2 million), the third biggest prize in poker history, after beating 28 other players from all over the world in the 2016 One Drop Extravaganza held at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco on Sunday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Tsang, the 2010 winner of the Asian Poker King Tournament, overcame all competition until he emerged the champion at the final table.

The runners-up were Anatoly Gurtovoy, from Russia, who bagged 5,427,781 euros; Rick Salomon, the United States, 3 million euros; James Bord, the United Kingdom, 2.1 million euros; Cary Katz, the United States, 1.75 million euros; and Andrew Pantling, Canada, 1.5 million euros.

His last hand was a straight 2-3-4-5-6.

Including his latest prize, Tsang has accumulated US$12.6 million in winnings in his professional poker career, bringing his global ranking (in terms of prize money) to 21st place from No. 3,102.

Asked how he felt after the tournament, Tsang said he was not surprised at his victory because it was in fact within his expectation.

Fees from the poker tournament went to ONE DROP Organization, a charity that provides access to safe water around the world.

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