2013 Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Just Days Away

Posted at 09:00 2013-01-08 by Matthew Pitt

Whilst the eyes of the poker world are fixated on the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, another arm of the PokerStars Empire will be hosting a superb festival of its own.

Yesterday, PokerStars Macau announced that the 17th instalment of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) Red Dragon series will take place between Jan. 11-20 at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. This year’s MPC will feature nine championship events, with the crowning jewel of the 10-day festival being the HK$11,000 Red Dragon Main Event.

The HK$11,000 Red Dragon Main Event (approximately AUD$1,350) opens its door on Jan. 17 at 20:00 with the first of two starting flights. Hundreds of players are expected to flow through the doors of the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex to compete for their share of the HK$3,000,000 (AUD$370,000) guaranteed prize pool.

Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin will be attempting to defend her title in the Main Event; she would become the first-ever triple winner if she managed that feat. Lin outlasted a 391-strong field to win the HK$854,000 first place prize back in June.

“The Macau Poker Cup always has a special place in my heart,” Lin told the PokerStars Macau Blog, “The Red Dragon is arguably the most recognizable trophy in Asia, and I can’t tell you how excited I am for a chance to get a third one.”

Although the Main Event is the tournament that will take precedent in the latest instalment of the MPC, there are eight other events taking place during the 10-day festival. The opening event is a HK$5,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a HK$500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Other events include a Mixed Max tournament, a HK$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo and a HK$20,000 two-day No Limit Hold’em event. The full schedule can be seen in the table below:

Fri 11 Jan20:00$5,500 NLH Day 1a$500,000
Sat 12 Jan18:00$5,500 NLH Day 1b$500,000
Sun 13 Jan18:00$4,000 Mixed Max 
Mon 14 Jan20:00$2,000 Deepstack 
Tue 15 Jan20:00$3,000 NLH Turbo 
Wed 16 Jan20:00$5,000 Bounty$500,000
Thu 17 Jan20:00$11,000 Red Dragon Main Event Day 1a$3,000,000
Fri 18 Jan20:00$11,000 Red Dragon Main Event Day 1b$3,000,000
Sat 19 Jan17:00$20,000 NLH 
Sat 19 Jan20:00$6,000 NLHE 
Sun 20 Jan14:30$2,500 Bounty 

All monetary values are in HKD. Approximate exchange rate is 1 HKD to 0.123 AUD

Lead image courtesy of the excellent Kenneth Lim and the PokerStars Macau Blog.

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