icking off the tournament on Tuesday, the Macau Summer Poker Festival was the place to be in order to see the growth of the game in the territory, from 538 players in last years' season to 700 in this years' PokerStars.net season.
Locally, casino concessionaires have been increasing the number of poker tables, which currently amount to about 60, with Grand Lisboa at the top of the game with more than 50 percent of poker tables and consequent increase in revenues from the game.“I’m pleased to see the sport of tournament poker continue to grow in Asia,” said Team PokerStars Pro and Poker World Champion Joe Hachem.
“I played in the first APPT Macau in 2007 when PokerStars planted the seeds of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker culture in Macau, and it’s been incredible watching that legacy take root and bloom. There are now hundreds of local players, cash games running 24/7 and tournaments available every week at the PokerStars Macau Poker Room. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next World Champion comes from Macau or elsewhere in China,” he added.
In season 2, the PokerStars.net APPT Macau generated the biggest prize pool recorded for a poker event in Asia, amounting to more than us$ 1.6 million. American Edward Sabat bested a record field of 538 players to take the first prize of us$ 451,634 but this year APPT expects to beat its own records, with more players and a prize pool of more than us$ 2 million.
“This season’s APPT is set to be even bigger than season two in terms of both number of participants and prize pools. As poker culture continues to grow in Asia Pacific and more extraordinary players emerge on the scene, they tell us how excited they are to match their skills against players from around the world to win the prestigious poker title of APPT Champion,” Jeffrey Haas, president of the PokerStars.net APPT said.
“We will continue bringing together vast numbers of poker players at many experience levels, giving them the greatest poker experiences, in some incredible places and constantly exceeding their expectations,” he added.
This year's tour, which ends Sunday, consists of 20 events including a us$ 5,161 buy-in Main Event and a prestigious High Roller event with a buy-in of us$ 11,458. In addition, there will be a number of preliminary and side events in a wide range of buy-ins, such as the us$ 516,153 NLH Knockout Bounty Tournament, the us$ 193,557 NLH Turbo Shoot-out and a us$ 322,596 Six Handed Fixed Limit Hold'em Tournament.
The easiest way to win a seat at an APPT event is to qualify online with PokerStars, as they will run satellite tournaments for each APPT event, giving players the chance to win prize packages that include tournament buy-in, hotel accommodation and money for expenses.
Players can also purchase a direct buy-in, thus guaranteeing a seat in the tournament. After Macau, PokerStars.net APPT will make stops in Auckland and Cebu in the Philippines before moving on to Sydney for the grand final in December.