PokerStars to host Macau Cup this weekend

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PokerStars is taking full advantage of its live poker room at the Grand Waldo Casino in Macau by hosting another Macau Poker Cup this weekend.

The Macau Poker Cup will have a few events spread over three days, starting today with a charity tournament to benefit the Caritas de Macau.

The Caritas de Macau is a social organization in Macau. Its goal is to provide services to individuals, families and communities to help create a more humane condition economically, morally and spiritually.

The organization, which is part of the Macau Catholic Church, also works to encourage people to be more responsible for their own lives and activities and to enable themselves to build a community based on truth, justice, fraternity, freedom and peace.

The charity event starts at 8 p.m. local time and requires a $500 HKD buy-in plus a $1,500 HKD charitable donation to play. The first- and second-place finishers in the event will win the $25,000 HKD buy-in for the Asian Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event coming up in September.

Third place through fifth place will receive entry into the $10,000 Red Dragon tournament, sixth place to 10th place will earn a $1,000 Deep Stack tournament entry and 11th through 35th place will earn entry into the $600 APPT Phase 1 tournament.


There is also a cash prize pool that will be distributed from sixth place through 20th place.

The Macau Poker Cup Deep Stack event is scheduled to start on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. local time. It costs $100 HKD to enter. At 4 p.m. the poker room will host a Phase 1 mega-satellite to the APPT Macau with a $600 buy-in, and then in the evening the Macau Cup Red Dragon event with a $10,000 HKD buy-in is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the Grand Waldo Casino will host the Macau Cup $500 Challenge at 12:30 p.m. plus a Phase 2 mega-satellite to the APPT Macau.

PokerStars is expecting players from at least six different countries to participate in the Macau Poker Cup. Among them will be Steve Chung.

Chung, from Hong Kong, won a $100,000 HKD prize package to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in June at the PokerStars Macau poker room. He placed 667th out of the 6,844 players who turned up for the 2008 WSOP Main Event.

Tony "Don18" Dunst will be making his way from the United States to play in the Macau Poker Cup. He recently won a Bellagio Cup event while in Las Vegas to pocket $193,720.

Celina Lin, from Australia, will be heading to Macau once again after cashing in 24th place out of 352 players in the APPT Macau last November.

Roger Spetz, from Malaysia, may prove to be the biggest threat in the Macau events this weekend. He finished sixth at the APPT Manila event out of 255 players and seventh out of 186 players at the APPT Seoul.

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