Orient Express heads to APT Macau

Johnny Chan

Two-time world champion Johnny "Orient Express" Chan will be returning to the Asian Poker Tour's event in Macau this August.

The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner will be playing in the $4,300 Main Event of the 12-day poker festival in Macau and take part in the filming of "Poker King" an upcoming Chinese film about poker in Asia. Chan was born in China.

One of the most well-known players in poker Chan has recorded over $8 million in tournament winnings and was even immortalized in classic poker flick Rounders where he played himself in a cameo.

The APT, not to be confused with PokerStars.com competing APPT, was created in 2006 and is considered the original Asian poker tour with events held in Singapore, Macau and the Philippines.

Last year U.S. player Yevgeniy Timoshenko outlasted 256 entries to win APT Macau for $500,000.

The APT is also home to the "Poker Pack", a special team of Asian players who are ambassadors for the tour. The group includes players like J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Quinn Do, David "Chino" Rheem, Steve Sung and Kwang Soo Lee.

The 2009 APT Macau will be held at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau from Aug. 12-23 with the Main Event starting on Aug. 20. Players can qualify for the event on bwin, PartyPoker, Titan Poker and PKR.com.

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