PokerStars LIVE Coming to City of Dreams in Macau
Online gaming giant PokerStars is embracing its new LIVE brand by launching another signature poker room at City of Dreams in Macau.
City of Dreams is one of the biggest properties in Macau and includes Hard Rock, Crown Towers and Grand Hyatt.
The new PokerStars LIVE room at the venue will offer cash games and daily tournaments at 13 permanent tables.
It will play host to upcoming Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and Macau Poker Cup events.
“The PokerStars online brand drives more traffic to live poker events than any other,” said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Director of Live Operations for Asia-Pacific.
“Players know that PokerStars is synonymous with integrity and high quality. That makes this collaboration a natural fit because City of Dreams has been at the forefront in providing the most innovative and premium gaming experience that is second to none in Macau."
PokerStars Now Up to Three Live Venues
Interestingly the Hippodrome just launched an online casino with future plans for an online poker section provided by PokerStars.
PokerStars has become heavily invested in live poker over the last year and is also in the process of acquiring the Atlantic Club in New Jersey.
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From what we hear on the ground in Macau, this new room will be mostly PokerPro machines. PokerTek tried to enter Macau in 2008 I believe and it was a big failure. Probably because poker was only scratching on the door at that time. Poker has advanced a lot since then, but certainly not as mature as the life cycle in the States. There may be a place for PokerTek machines, but I feel players still want to touch the cards and chips. With waitlists getting longer and longer at Wynn, Venetian and the Poker King Club at StarWorld, there is a need for more poker tables, but not necessarily another venue/poker room. I think Macau regulators (DICJ) need to recognize poker as a game of skill and regulate it under the same mahjong rules. Good luck to PokerStars. Always enjoy hearing about anyone doing things in the poker industry.