A new live poker room has been opened by PokerStars, the world’s largest poker site, in the Grand Lisboa hotel of Macau. The launch date is set to be March 19 and will feature 22 tables for Texas Hold’em poker tournaments and cash games. The Grand Lisboa casino is located in the heart of Macau on the Avenida de Lisboa and is part of the oldest casino chain in Macau.
PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa will be providing the Macau community and tourists regular weekly poker tournaments. This is run in conjunction with the Macau Poker Cup that is on every second month, with the annual Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) during August’s Macau Poker Festival bringing in an international field to Asia’s gambling capital. Registration and qualification for these events can be made online or at the event.
The poker room also features regular weekly freerolls to help attract new poker players. These freerolls have prizes that include entry into the bigger events. Each year, poker has increased in popularity in the Asia Pacific region, with more poker rooms opening as PokerStars attracts more fans to the game.
Opening weekend (19 – 22 of March) of the poker room features the ‘Macau Poker Cup’ and its famous HKD 10,000 buy- in ‘Red Dragon’ event. This event now offers a guaranteed prize pool of HKD 500,000. The weekend also features a HKD 1,000 buy-in charity event with Caritas Macau to receive the proceeds.
“PokerStars is committed to the development of poker across Asia, and this new room will be its heart,” said Joe Hachem, 2005 World Champion and Team PokerStars Pro. “It has been extraordinary for me to watch the growth of poker culture in the eighteen months since the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour first brought poker to Macau, and I’m so excited about playing in my third APPT there in August.”
With poker growing throughout Asia, look out for a new wave of Asian poker players emerging. With the APPT discovering players like Bryan Huang and Nathaniel Seet from Singapore and Yoshiro Tasaka from Japan, more players are set to emerge from China, Macau, Hong Kong, Philippines and Korea. Asian players are known for their gamble and can be very tricky opponents. The APPT is entering its third season and should find even more Asian players participating than ever before.
PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa is aiming to invite players from all over China, Asia and around the world to participate in its new series of tournaments. Its aim is to continually build the game of poker across Asia by providing quality weekly tournaments and live cash game venue in Asia’s gaming capital. To find out more about poker in Macau, visit www.pokerstarsmacau.com.
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