100K One Drop High Roller Won By Paul Phua
While the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco and the world was primarily focussed on the million euro buy-in Big One For One Drop event that took place over the weekend, it actually wasn't the only One Drop event that occurred on the French Riviera. The weekend did include other events as well, ones where professional poker players were allowed to come in and ply their trades, and the One Drop Extravaganza €100,000 Super High Roller was a perfect example.
It was a small event with just 13 players registering to play - something, unfortunately that became common during the weekend (the €1 million buy-in saw less entrants than originally predicted, too) - but it managed to produce a second tournament victory for Macau-based Chinese pro Paul Phua, who ended up winning $827,722. Makita Budziakowski, his opponent whom he beat in the heads up won the rest of the prize pool, taking home $551,814. It was just the two finalists who made it into the money bubble, given the small size of the playing pool. Still, for Budziakowski, his half-a-million dollar plus score was the biggest one of his career so far since he started out competing on the European Poker Tour in 2015.