There was little rest for high-rate professional poker in the Asia Pacific this week after the Macau Poker Cup got under way in the casino mecca last night. It came just four days after the end of the successful five-day long WSOP Asia Pacific in Melbourne, Australia.
Organised by PokerStars in their ‘PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams’ poker room in the Chinese special administrative region, the Cup is scheduled to run for 10 days. The Red Dragon Main Event, with a HKD$11,000 (around USD$1,420,) is the pinnacle of the Cup and will have a guarantee of HKD$5,000,000 (around USD$644,000).
The Macau Poker Cup also features various other poker tournaments throughout the next week and a half, including a two-day HKD$5,500 no limit event with a HKD$500,000 guarantee as well as a HKD$3,000 no limit turbo event and a HKD$2,000 deep stack poker tournament. Wednesday will be when the long-awaited three-day long Red Dragon Main Event kicks off, with the best poker players in Asia set to compete for the Macau Poker Cup’s top prize.
Last night began with the launching of the Cup, followed by two satellites to the abovementioned HKD$5,500 no limit poker tournament, which is set to kick-off today in the afternoon. With a HKD$750 buy-in for the satellite, it could prove to be small investments for a large return should the sattelites’ winners repeat their success in the two-day tournament.
Day one of the Macau Poker Cup finished up with the first day of the two-day HKD$2,000 deep stack event, which is set to continue and finish tonight. Besides this and the $5,500 no limit tourney, two other sattelites to the latter tournament will be held to kick off the second day. Sattelites for the Red Dragon Main Event, with a HKD$1,200 buy-in, will also be held throughout the cup, starting on Sunday.
April is set to be a huge month for poker in the Asia Pacific region. Besides the Macau Poker Cup, the first-ever WSOP Asia Pacific was held in Australia earlier in the month and the APPT (Asia Pacific Poker Tour) Cebu begins on April 29, the day after the Macau Poker Cup comes to a close.
World famous poker players, such as Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel and Phil Hellmuth took part in the WSOP APAC, with Negreanu winning its Main Event. The Macau Poker World Cup and APPT Cebu, on the other hand, are both organised by PokerStars, a household name in the world of poker. Such high-level poker events have established the Asia Pacific as one the global centres of poker.
The second day of the Macau Poker Cup kicks off at 2.00pm local time at the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room.