The PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau: Asian Poker started on November 22nd, 2007 and will run until November 27th, 2007 at the Grand Waldo Casino in Macau. It will be the very first No-Limit Texas Holdem poker tournament in Macau and the first that a poker tournament will be played in a Chinese colony.
Macau is the only location in China were any games can be held legally. The Asian Poker Open is an important stop on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), a yearly series of televised No Limit Texas Holdem poker tournaments in the area. The PokerStars Asia Poker Open a six day event which showcases a $2,500 (HKD 19,500) buy-in cost main event and $15,000 (HKD 117,000) "High-roller" buy-in event as well as other extra events.
The estimated cash pool for the $2,500 main event is $600,000 or (HKD 4,680,000) with the winner of the event taking home $170,000 or (HKD 1, 326,00). The estimated cash pool for the event will surpass more than $1,290,000 or (HKD 10,000,000) which is 900,000 Euros or 629,000 pounds).
Scotty Nguyen, the World Series of Poker Main Event champion in 1998 and one of the poker circuit's most known players, will be joined by fellow poker pro Liz Lieu and some of the Team PokerStars players. Sarne Lightman, the Director of Marketing for PokerStars Asia Pacific said that Scotty and Liz are two of the top Asian poker players all over the world, so they are very happy that they will be participating in the tournament.
Some of the other participants in the tournament are Chad Brown, Bill Chen, Barry Greenstein, 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem, Masa Kagawa, Hevad Khan, Tuan Lam, 1990 WSOP Main Event Champion Mansour Matloubi, Isabelle Mercier, Kirk Morrison, Lee Nelson, Emad Tatouh and 2007 WSOP Main Event champion Jerry Yang.
The APPT first launched in Manila, Philippines on August 2007, with the second APPT event in Seoul, Korea on September 2007. After the Macau tournament, the first season of the APPT will reach its finale on December with the Grand Final in Sydney, Australia.
All of the APPT event are filmed for television debut with the program distributed all over the world. Jeffrey Haas, the President of the APPT said that they are happy to bring the tournament in Macau. Macau is one of the fastest growing gaming capitals all over the world and the tour is happy to be part of that growth.
Gary Woollard, the Casino General Manager of the Grand Waldo Casino said that poker is currently enjoying a good growth in Asia and they are honored to be part of this event. The founder of the First Impression, Mr. Elton Tsang said that offering poker in Macau has always been their goal and they believe that it will be popular in Macau on the long run.