PokerStars recently announced their very first APPT event in Macau. On October 26th, 2007, the PokerDome organizations announced that they collaborated with the Diamond Casino in the Holiday Inn with their plan to launch the first ever permanent cash game in China.
The target launch date is on November 20th, 2007 and the poker room will feature eight gaming tables although it could be expanded as much as 25 to 30 casino tables. The plan is to offer additional poker variation like No-Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Holdem and others.
Poker pro Jeffrey Lisandro, who recently won his first World Series of Poker bracelet will be one of the main attraction of the poker room. The PokerDome organization has a wealth of experience in running this kind of poker gatherings. They are the main organizer of the Oz poker tour in Australia.
The Diamond Casino and the PokerDome Organization also plan on holding a major international poker event to debut the poker game in Macau. The former colony is rapidly gaining a reputation as a gaming capital and it has recently surpassed Las Vegas as the top gaming destination.
Mainland China is not the only country in the Asia Pacific region where poker is rapidly gaining a foothold. Just recently, PokerStars held an outstanding APPT event in Manila, Philippines and even the Cebu Daily News, a franchisee of PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) has petitioned the Cebu City council in the Philippines to see if they could manage a poker gambling facility in Salinas Drive in Barangay Lahung, Cebu City, Philippines.
The organization petitioning to legalize poker gaming in Cebu City has commented that it would be an outstanding system than the previous one where there are only "illegal" poker games that players can join. The city council has referred the organization's request for further review before the committee on games and amusement and on laws and good governance.