Asian Poker Tour - Poker, Parties and now a Movie Set!
Posted at 21:22 2009-07-28
Who didn't love Rounders? I mean seriously, what a film! Following up on the success of that, AsianLogic, the guys that own the Asian Poker Tour, are announcing a first for Asian poker! The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival, taking place 12-23 August 2009 at the Galaxy StarWorld will not just be one of the hottest tournaments to take place in Asia but will also be featured in a ground-breaking Chinese language poker movie. The plan is for this movie to rock the socks of the Asian continent in the same way that 1998 Hollywood film Rounders did in the western world.
The movie which has the working title “Poker King”, will be directed by famous Chinese language director Chan Hing-Kai and Janet Chun, and produced by Amy Chin and Chan Hing-Kai. It looks to have all the drama and action that you would expect as it tells the story of two bitter poker rivals competing for world championship glory. Sounds pretty good and when you combine this with a “who’s who” of Chinese actors and pop stars as the cast (Louis Koo, Sean Lau Ching –Wan, Stephy Tang, Cherrie In and Josie Ho) this movie is set to be a hit when it screens in cinemas later this year.
Tom Hall, CEO of Asian Logic, owners of the Asian Poker Tour, said, “This is a very exciting project and is sure to provoke even more excitement about The Asian Poker Macau Festival in August. Players across the region and throughout the world are encouraged to come to the StarWorld and play at the Asian Poker Tour Macau – the movie crew will be needing lots of extras and even players to take on roles if they choose! Rounders, starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, is always highlighted as a key catalyst for the growth of poker in the western world. ‘Poker King’ has the promise to deliver this and potentially much more. Gross revenue from poker in Macau is estimated to have risen by 400% in 2008 alone and continues to rise and with this blockbuster movie the game could become even more popular in a land where baccarat is king. Think of how many people have seen Rounders and at least quadruple it and you can only speculate at the kind of impact ‘Poker King’ could have on the game. We’re delighted to be involved.”
The Asian Poker Tour promises to be a fantastic tournament series as many of the top poker players from Asia, Australasia and the rest of the world head into Macau. Confirmed players so far include JC Tran and Steve Sung, as well as Quinn Do, Nam Le, David ‘Chino’ Rheem and Kwang Soo Lee. This star list highlights how fiercely contested APT Macau will be.
Being held from August 12-23, 2009 at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau, last year’s event attracted some of the biggest names in world poker. The Godfather of poker, Doyle Brunson was just one of those in attendance last year and he said “I thought Las Vegas was the gambling capital of the world but I was wrong, it feels like coming home.” The Main Event was won by 20-year-old US player Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who scooped a very comfy US$500,000 after out maneuvering a field of great players from over 40 countries! Since this win Timoshenko has gone from strength to strength emerging as the winner of the WPT Championship earlier this year! What will be in store for the winner of this year's event?
Get yourself over to Macau for 12 days of fast paced poker action and fun. The buy-in is set at US$4,300 (US$4000+$300). Aside from the Main Event, the Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will feature the largest range of side events ever seen in Asia. The side events will vary dramatically in game type and buy in meaning that there is literally something for everyone. Looking to catch a big fish? High-limit games and sit-n-go’s will be running throughout the entire series!
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