22nd of April 2009 Author: Ava Jackuard
Internet poker rooms will be providing qualifiers and prizes to players
Asian Poker Tour CEO Chris Parker has advised that a significant number of leading online poker rooms have already signed up to provide online qualifiers for its popular Macau event, which this year will run from August 12 through 23, 2009.
Last year's six day event has been redesigned into a record breaking 12 day extravaganza , creating Asia's first festival of poker. The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will be hosted by the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau.
Among the online poker rooms and networks already committed to sending players are the iPoker Network, PartyPoker and Ongame Network, the third, fourth and fifth largest online poker networks respectively, says Parker. In addition, online rooms Bwin, PKR, Dafa Poker, JBET Poker, Betfriends and 32Red will also be in on the action guaranteeing a significant online qualifier contingent. More online poker rooms are expected to sign up for the landmark event shortly.
'We are very encouraged by the enthusiasm of our partners to send players and we look forward to welcoming more online poker rooms on board," said Parker this week. "This year's Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will be bigger and better with 12 days of non-stop poker action and fun. The Main Event has been extended, with the first of three day ones getting underway on August 19 and the televised final table scheduled for August 23. 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.
'We are currently witnessing record numbers in our Asian Poker Tour sponsored room at the Starworld and six figure $US pots are now a regular occurrence. We believe Asia is ready for its first festival of poker and that it will establish Macau as an essential stop on the international circuit.'
Last year, the event attracted some of the most famous names in the game including Doyle Brunson, Jack Binion, Johnny Chan, John Juanda, Huck Seed, Liz Lieu, Todd Brunson, Kenny Tran and Poker Pack members Nam Le, Quinn Do, JC Tran, Steve Sung, David 'Chino' Rheem, and Kwang Soo Lee.
The 2008 Asian Poker Tour Macau Main Event was won by 20-year-old US hotshot Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who scooped US$500 000 after emerging triumphant from the star-studded field that featured players from over 40 countries.
Organisers and leading tournament director Matt Savage, fresh from a successful revamp of the LA Poker Classic, promise a lengthy and varied side event schedule that will appeal to all tastes, details of which will be confirmed in the near future. The buy-in for the Main Event is set at US$4 300 (US$4000+$300) while high-limit games and sit-n-go tables will run throughout the duration of the festival.
The last Asian Poker Tour event was held in the Philippines in January 2009 and was won by Manila rounder Neil Arce, who scooped US$185 000 for first prize after overcoming a field of 262 players from over 40 countries. The runner-up was the Republic of Korea's Steve Yea, who repeated his second place in the Asian Poker Tour Macau 2008.
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