The Asian Poker Tour was proud to announce on Monday that authorities had given the green light to extend its highly popular event in Macau. From August 12 – 23 2009, the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino will play host to the Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival – the first festival of its kind in the burgeoning poker region.
Though the plan may seem ambitious to some, last year’s event in Macau brought in some of the biggest names in the game – WSOP champions Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, John Juanda and casino legend Jack Binion, as well as the APT Poker Pack’s Nam Le, J.C. Tran and Chino Rheem, just to name a few. It is expected that these players will once again take part, as well as Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who is looking to build on his USD $500,000 victory in the APT Macau Main Event last year.
Tournament Director Matt Savage has promised a “lengthy and varied side event schedule that will appeal to all tastes”. Though more details are yet to be released, it has been confirmed that the HKD $1,000,000 (USD $129,000) High Rollers Event will return, though given the massive high-stakes cash game action on the poker tables at StarWorld since the inaugural event, expect those stakes to be raised.
The 12-day poker extravaganza will culminate in the USD $4,300 Main Event, with three day one flights starting on August 19. The final table will be televised and is scheduled for August 23. The celebrations will then kick in, ending with the legendary APT Macau Player’s Party, which promises to be even bigger and better than last year!
“The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will feature a side event schedule never seen in Asia before, including several new formats that will stir the curiosity of poker enthusiasts at all levels,” APT CEO Chris Parker says. “We believe Asia’s first festival of poker will establish Macau as an essential stop on the international poker circuit.”
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