March 23, 2009 (InfoPowa News) — Officials on the Chinese offshore gambling island of Macau have given the Asian Poker Tour permission
to expand its popular Macau event. The new arrangement will involve the
transformation of the format used in last year’s six day event into a
record-breaking 12 day extravaganza, creating Asia’s first festival of
poker.
 
The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will run
from August 12 to 23 at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau.
The success of the Asian Poker Tour sponsored poker room at the
Starworld has led organizers to lay out these ambitious plans that
represent another significant leap forward for poker in the region.
 
Last
year, the event attracted some of the most famous names in the game
including Doyle Brunson, Jack Binion, Johnny Chan, John Juanda, Huck
Seed, Liz Lieu, Todd Brunson, Kenny Tran and Poker Pack members Nam Le,
Quinn Do, JC Tran, Steve Sung, David “Chino” Rheem, and Kwang Soo Lee.
The 2008 Asian Poker Tour Macau Main Event was won by 20-year-old U.S.
hotshot Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who scooped US$500,000 after emerging
triumphant from the star-studded field that featured players from more
than 40 countries.
 
This year’s Asian Poker Tour Macau
Festival will be bigger and better; the Main Event has been extended,
with the first of three day one flights getting underway on August 19
and the televised final table scheduled for August 23. The buy-in is
set at $4,300.
 
Aside from the Main Event, the Asian Poker
Tour Macau Festival will feature the largest range of side events ever
seen in Asia, a company spokesman promised this week. Organizers and
tournament director Matt Savage promise a lengthy and varied
side event schedule that will appeal to all tastes, details of which
will be confirmed in the near future.
 
High-limit games and
sit-n-go tables will run throughout the duration of the festival. Last
year’s event hosted a HK$1,000,000 ($129,000) high rollers game and
this will be repeated, but the stakes will be significantly raised.
More details on this feature of the festival will also be confirmed in
the near future.
 
Asian Poker Tour CEO Chris Parker
says: “The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will feature a side event
schedule never seen in Asia before, including several new formats that
will stir the curiosity of poker enthusiasts at all levels. We believe
Asia’s first festival of poker will establish Macau as an essential
stop on the international poker circuit.”
 
Like 2008, online
qualifiers are also expected to flock to the StarWorld as the Asian
Poker Tour continues to gain support from leading online poker networks
hosting satellites to the Main Event. The Asian Poker Tour is supported
by Full Tilt Poker, iPoker Network, Titan Poker, DafaPoker, PKR,
PartyPoker, JBet Poker, Everest Poker, Microgaming Network, 888, 32 Red
Poker, National Poker League and the Japanese Poker League.