Macau Poker Cup Set to Begin

Bryan Huang
Bryan Huang

The countdown to the final Red Dragon event of the year is on with the Macau Poker Cup starting next week.

The tournament series, running Sept. 1-5, will be highlighted by a HKD $2,000,000 guaranteed main event.

Tournament officials are hoping to build on the success of the recent Macau Millions, which boasted a record-breaking prize pool.

"As we enter the eleventh Macau Poker Cup we have a chance to make it ten consecutive MPCs of growth and prize pool records," said PokerStars Macau marketing manager Fred Leung.

"It's a special and exciting time to be part of the PokerStars team in Macau and work with the amazing organization at Grand Lisboa."

The Macau Poker Cup will be made up of six events including a $2,000 Knockout Bounty tournament, a $1,000 charity event, a $3k No-Limit Hold'em event, a $1,500 deepstack and finally the $10,000 Red Dragon main event. All the events will take place at the Grand Lisboa hotel in Macau and all buy ins are in Hong Kong dollars.

All events at the Macau Poker Cup count towards the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) race. The winner of the APOY will receive a one-year sponsorship from PokerStars Macau. Raymond Wu is currently leading the competition with 2,604.

Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Celina Lin and Tae Joon Noh have all been confirmed to play the Macau Poker Cup as well as notables like Nam Le, J.C. Tran and Quinn Do.

"Macau Poker Cup and the Red Dragon event have really built a name for itself," said Huang. "Playing the MPC at PokerStars Macau really means playing the best in Asia. The person who eventually wins the Asia Player of the Year will certainly deserve the trophy. I'm obviously hoping that person is me."

Last year Kenichi Takarabe of Japan outlasted 295 players to take home a HK$617,700 first place prize in the main event of the Macau Poker Cup.

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