Exciting finish for APPT Macau

Great Wall of China

It was the first major poker tournament held in China and it did not disappoint.

World-renowned players like Jerry Yang who was denied entry into the country due to visa issues.

The tournament was an authentic Oriental experience complete with gongs, drums and a Chinese lion dance right before Nguyen told the dealers to shuffle up and deal.

Taking place at the Grand Waldo Hotel, the event was considered by many to be one of the most important poker tournaments in the last 10 years. Although poker's popularity has exploded in both North America and Europe over the last five years, the game has been slow to catch on in Asia. That may be changing, however. The APPT has held several successful events in the Philippines and Korea and interest seems to be growing.

PokerListings.com was fortunate enough to have almost-exclusive coverage of the event and our very own Owen Laukkanen was on hand to give exemplary up-to-the-minute live updates. Check out a few of those live updates here and a recap blog here.

The lights haven't gone out on the felt in Macau, though. There is still the $15,000 buy-in High Roller Event which will include marquee players like Barry Greenstein and Kirk Morrison. Keep checking our live updates as Laukkanen continues his Chinese poker journey.

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