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20th Macau Poker Cup Slated for January

The Macau Poker Cup has become one of the most prominent poker events in Asia since its inception in 2008.

Hundreds of professional poker players from Asia and beyond have participated in the event, with many of them chipping up in the aim of becoming the Red Dragon. That is the name given to the Macau Poker Cup’s Main Event, which first took place in May, 2008.

A number of Macau Poker Cup events have taken place since then. In fact, the Cup’s organisers, PokerStars, have just announced the 20th Macau Poker Cup will take place between January 10 and January 21 next year.

It is a major milestone for the event and PokerStars has highlighted its aims to treat it as such. Two of the three Red Dragon events played in 2013 attracted the biggest fields in the history of that event. April’s event yielded a more than respectable field of 891 players, while August’s Red Dragon Main Event saw 645 players buy in.

With the event already attracting larger numbers of players, there is realistic potential that the Red Dragon event could attract the much coveted four-figure field, as well as record numbers for the Cup’s other events.

That is a goal PokerStars Director of Live Poker Operations in the Asia-Pacific Danny McDonaugh said he and the company are aiming for and hope to fulfill at the 20th Macau Poker Cup in January.

“After six years and 19 Red Dragon events, the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) has changed the landscape of poker in Macau and throughout Asia,” he said. “The MPC is Asia’s biggest regional poker series and MPC20 is set to shatter all previous records.”

The last Red Dragon Main Event was won by British poker pro Tom Alner, who won US $106,103 for taking out the tournament. It is unclear if he will return to seek a second straight Red Dragon event in January, but poker player and Macau Poker Cup veteran Celina Lin has outlined her intention of participating and becoming the next Red Dragon.

“It’s hard to believe we’re at number 20 already but I have no doubt MPC20 is going to be the biggest ever, and I love the opportunity of winning a historic event,” she said.

Fourteen events are set to take place at the 20th Macau Poker Cup, including the Red Dragon Main Event. Kicking off the Cup will be a two-day HK $2,000 Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em event, followed by a new event, the HK$6,000 Baby Dragon.

As usual, a high roller event is also set to be held at the upcoming Cup with a two-day HK $50,000 tournament. Finishing off the 20th Macau Poker Cup will be the HK $2,500 Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em tourney, which will take place over the final two days.

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