Poker News Roundup: Lin Hong Chang, Dominik Nitsche, Eagle Cup

This week’s poker news starts with a pair of massive tournament wins followed by a recap of the first leg of the Global Poker Championships. Let’s take a closer look at this week’s poker headlines: 

Lin Hong Chang Claims BPT Macau Event

The 2017 Boyaa Poker Tour Macau Final came to an end after five days of action and it was Lin Hong Chang who came away with the victory. He beat out eight other players at the final table. Chang, who hails from Taiwan, won $163,418 for the top prize while second place went to Vietnam’s Tran Hung Manh. They went head-to-head at the end of a final table that lasted for nine hours. 

Chang figured out how to hone his poker skills on Boyaa’s games, so it was fitting that he would win this particular tournament. This was his fourth time making it to a Boyaa Poker Tour event. However, Chang said that he would keep coming to these tournaments despite his win as this could make him hungrier for more success. 

Overall, this was the largest prize pool ever for a BPT event, coming in at almost $8.6 million, and 745 players qualified for the Main Event. This event was a huge success for Chang and the Boyaa Poker Tour. 

Dominik Nitsche Wins 2017 WSOPE One Drop High Roller Event

Dominik Nitsche of Germany has claimed the win at the World Series of Poker Europe 10th event, which was the High Roller for One Drop No Limit Hold’Em tournament. The event took place at venerable King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic and had a buy-in of $128,728. One of the reasons the buy-in is so large is because it raises money for the One Drop charity, which focuses on clean water and has raised over $22 million in its history. 

A total of 88 players bought into the event and four German players made it to the final table, led by Nitsche. He ended up winning over $4 million for first place. He was followed by Andreas Eiler, who still took home over $2.5 million for second place while each of the first four finishers all won over a million dollars. 

It has been a solid last two months for Nitsche, who has finished in the top 10 in each of his last five tournament starts and has won six-figure paydays in three of the events. This was his largest live-cash payday and Nitsche has now won over $11 million in his career. 

Eagle Cup Exceeds All Guarantees

The Eagle Cup, which is the first leg of the Global Poker Championships, has come and gone and the players who participated are quite happy. Prior to the event, there were guaranteed prize pools that were announced but given that more players participated, they were able to blow by the numbers and offer bigger paychecks. There was a prize pool of $31,300 for the Main Event, which surpassed the $25,000 guarantee. That was won by "OptimusCreamCake." The big winner of the event was "Penta," who won five smaller tournaments over the time of the Eagle Cup, receiving a $5,000 package that will get him to a tournament that has yet to be determined. He didn’t go in the Main Event, however, as "OptimusCreamCake" took down "Gatton2019" in a heads-up battle to wrap up. 

Overall, the online event was a huge success for the Global Poker Championships. The next event will take place early in 2018, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.