Macau Poker Cup breaks attendance record

Johnny Chan
Hong Kong native Johnny Chan helped break some records across the water in Macau.

Poker's popularity continues to grow in the Asian gambling Mecca of Macau, China.

This past weekend, PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa hosted yet another record breaking Macau Poker Cup as 247 players vied for the Red Dragon title and a piece of an HKD $2.3 Million prize pool.

PokerStars sponsored player Kitty Kuo from Taipei booked the win and HKD $550,000 first-place prize defeating PokerStars Team Pro Asia's Tae Joon Noh heads-up.

The field also included PokerStars Team Pro Asia members Celina Lin, Raymond
Wu and Jonathan Lin, 2008 PokerStars APPT Macau High Roller champ Nam Le and two-time World Champion Johnny Chan.

Plus, 2009 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro, who told PokerListings last month he was headed to Macau to play in some of the biggest cash games in the world, also played.

The 247 entrants and HKD $2.3 million prize pool smashed the previous Chinese record of 168 and HKD $1.6 million respectively.

The regional tournament series will finish up with the HKD $20,000 Macau Poker Cup Championship Dec. 12-20 featuring a guaranteed prized pool of HKD $2 Million.

Players can qualify for a seat on PokerStars.

PokerStars Macau also hosts a weekly HKD $2,500 tournament with an HKD $90,000 guaranteed prize pool.

For more information, check out the PokerStars Macau website.

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