APPT brings first poker tourney to China

Great Wall of China

The next stop on the Asian Pacific tour sponsored by PokerStars is at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino on the Chinese island of Macau. The $2,500 buy-in main event will be the first-ever real-money No-Limit Hold'em poker tournament to take place in the People's Republic of China.

"The APPT is honored to be bringing the sport of tournament poker to Macau," said Jeffrey Haas, APPT president. "Macau is already the world's gaming capital, and this historic event diversifies its global attraction by including the APPT's unique brand of poker tourism. It's a significant step forward not only for the APPT but for the growth of poker in Asia."

The tournament series is scheduled for Nov. 22-27 with its $2,500 main event as well as a $15,000 High Rollers Event.

According to a press release, several of the most well-known and celebrated poker players are already slated to participate in the APPT Macau Asian Poker Opening. Some of those players include members of Team PokerStars and several of the world's top online players.

"Poker has taken a tremendous growth in Asia and we are very excited to be a part of this growth, particularly as the first casino to host live poker in Macau," said Gary Woollard, Galaxy Grand Waldo Casino general manager.

"We are very honored to work with the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour and First Impression Ltd. to make this a successful event."

The Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino is one of Macau's newest five-star hotel resorts and will offer APPT players and guests an opportunity to explore one of Asia's most fascinating locations. Macau is one of China's historic centers, filled with Chinese temples, Portuguese monuments and beautiful gardens.

"PokerStars is committed to the growth of poker as an international sport," said Sarne Lightman, director of marketing for PokerStars Asia Pacific.

"Through our association with poker events such as the European Poker Tour and the APPT, we are able to offer players a unique chance to play and travel across much of the world. Adding Macau to the APPT schedule is a very exciting step forward. There is global interest in the 'Las Vegas of Asia' and we are very proud we can offer players this amazing experience."

Macau is the third stop of the APPT tour which launched its inaugural season in August in Manila, Philippines. The tour has also made a stop in Seoul, Korea, and will end the first season with a Grand Final in Sydney, Australia.

More information about the tour and how to register for events can be found at

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