Hong Kong-based smart card expert, Lin Haisan set a world record when he won an incredible amount of $12 million at a baccarat tournament in Macau. The grand prize which in Hong Kong dollars amounts to 100 million has ensured that the World Series Baccarat Championship, which was organised at Sheraton Macau Hotel by Suncity Group. The overall prize of the tournament was also record-breaking at $15,339,600, which was the highest ever set in a baccarat tournament.
About the Suncity tournament
The Suncity tournament is held after two qualifying events at Crowne Plaza, Melbourne in Australia followed by Venetian Macau of Sands China. The players that qualify in these two events are taken through two stage semi-final round and then a final tournament is held at Sheraton Macao. The tournament organisers Suncity Group have reported that they have set a Guinness world record for giving the biggest prize ever for baccarat tournament amounting to HKD 100 million. The combined pool amount is also a world record as it stood at HKD 129 million. The final leg of the tournament was held at Macao Sheraton on the Sands Cotai property recently.
Events at the Suncity tournament
Though Lin Haisan was the only one to win the staggering amount of HKD 100 million there were others that did win significant amounts from the main pool of 129 million. The philanthropic arm of the group also donated $1 million HKD on the celebration night to Macau Tung Sin Tong charitable Society and also to Cradle of Hope Association, which carries out social service to help needy members of society. The firm, which arranges junkets from the mainland into Macau, says that this tournament will help it to expand operations and provide diverse entertainment facilities to its guests.