Poker PRO Magazine – Macau Poker Update

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The 2013 Macau Poker Cup Has Officially Started
The Macau Poker Cup is one of the most prestigious Asian live tournament poker series that is held on an annual basis. With major turnouts every year, there is high anticipation for this series every single year. This year is no different as many top poker pros have made their interest and attendance plans known.
The highlight of the series is none other than the “Red Dragon” event, which is the Macau Poker Cup Main Event. It features a HK$11,000 (approx. US$1,400) buy-in and is scheduled to be a three-day event. The event will also include three separate starting flights. This is to accommodate the large turnout that is expected. In comparison, last year there were a total of 891 entrants, which created a total prize pool of HK$8,746,412 ($1.1 million) and a first place prize of HK$1,771,000 (US$228,000), and was the largest tournament in Asian poker history.
What Events to Keep an Eye on This Year?
There are quite a few interesting events scheduled for this year’s Macau Poker Cup. One that may catch a lot of attention is the HK$5,000 Knockout Bounty Event, which is scheduled to begin next week. There is also a HK$3,000 No-Limit Turbo Event scheduled for next week. The High Rollers event will also definitely attract quite a few poker pros and businessmen. This two-day event is set to include a HK$20,000 buy-in and a HK$1 million guaranteed prize pool.
While not attractive to fans on the rail, poker players may be interested in the closing event, which is a satellite tournament that will award a seat to an Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne event. The series will also kick off with a satellite event, with seats being awarded to the Red Dragon Cup. This satellite features a HK$5,500 buy-in, giving a decent chance for every player to have a shot at a Main Event seat. After the satellite events play out, there will also be a HK$2,000 buy-in Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’Em event.
Promoters for this year’s Macau Poker Cup are anticipating more record-breaking attendance numbers this year. There are hopes that the Main Event of this year will beat out last year’s attendance record of 891 players. In closing, with the renewed popularity of tournament poker all across the globe, and growing interest within Asia, there is no doubt that this series will gather a lot of attention within the live tournament poker community.

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