Macau Poker Cup Is Back In August

Macau in the night

The team behind the popular PokerStars brand are preparing to say ‘ni hao’ to its ever-expanding market of Chinese customers who will be lining up to attend the Macau Poker Cup next month.

Dubbed the ‘PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams’ event this premier tournament is expected to draw large crowds over the course of the ten-day extravaganza, with playing commencing on August 9th and continuing through until August 18th.

Something of a mainstay on the Asian professional poker circuit, the Macau Poker Cup is now in it’s 19th year with little end in sight.

This year’s event offers plenty of new additions for poker fans out there, including a Pot Limit Omaha competition – the HK $2,000 Deepstack PLO event.

Organisers were keen to attract plenty of interest from amateur players too, with many visitors looking to only stay over the weekend before returning to work on the Monday.

Under the changes, this group will now be able to take part in up to three tournaments over the Saturday and Sunday, before heading back to normality.

In the meantime, organisers are doing all they can to ensure visitor numbers surpass those witnessed in 2012.

Last year, Macau’s newest poker room hosted the event with the simple aim of improving on the total of 635 players taking part in the Red Dragon main event.

Ultimately they smashed the record, with an incredible 891 players taking part in the main competition.

In addition to this the last Macau Poker Cup saw a total of 2,812 players generate in excess of HK $17 million ($2.2 million) in total prize funds. This represented an increase of more than 30 per cent in terms of visitor numbers and cash generated.

Central to the action on offer at the China event will be the famous HK $11,000 Red Dragon event, with Taiwanese professional Terry Fan on hand to defend the prestigious title. He won’t be the only high roller in attendance though with former Red Dragon champions Raymond Wu and Celina Lin both competing.

Throw in PokerStars favourites Vivian Im and Bryan Huang and you can understand the appeal of the upcoming event – alongside the more obvious fact that a HK $5 million prize pool is also guaranteed.

Other attractions on offer include a HK $2,000 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em competition along with a HK $5,500 No Limit Hold’em event while at the higher end of the scale there will be a HK $20,000 No Limit Hold’em  event for the high rollers.

With an average of 250 players per standard event, China really is the place to be for poker this August.