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Record numbers take seats in APT Macau
The cards are in the air for the Asian poker Tour stop in Macau this week, and it has brought in a record crowd to the Galaxy StarWorld Casino.
The landmark $5,300 buy-in main event played two Day 1s, with the second bringing in 257 players and record crowds to the casino.
According to APT officials, six new state-of-the-art shuffling machines have been added to cope with the demand as well.
"Adding eight tables to the APT poker room may not sound like a big move to the well established western poker community but you have to remember that this is Macau where baccarat is king," said Tom Hall, CEO of AsianLogic.
"Poker is in its infancy - this is a significant step forward and further evidence of the growth and potential in this market."
Some of the major players spotted in Macau for the tournament include Johnny Chan, Todd Brunson, Doyle Brunson, Liz Lieu, J.C. Tran, Kenny Tran, John Juanda, Nam Le, Steve Sung, Huck Seed, David Rheem, Mel Judah, Aaron Kanter, J.J. Liu and more.
Quinn Do is also taking in the event after having won the celebrity charity event that kicked off the APT's stop in Macau earlier this week.
Many of those same players are expected to check out the high roller event as well. The APT is offering a $1 million HKD buy-in cash event that will be filmed for television broadcast as well. The starting blinds for the game are $3,000/$6,000 HKD, and straddling and blinds will be raised at the discretion of the players.
Todd Brunson, Johnny Chan, Nam Le, J.C. Tran, John Juanda, Sean Buchanan and more are expected to all sit in at some point. The early action in the game has already seen Juanda taking a $1 million HKD pot off Chris Parker.
"There's such a buzz about this game, it's difficult to predict how high the stakes will go or how long it could go on for," said Parker, APT CEO. "I'm up against the ropes, but you've seen Rocky, I am on my way back!"