PokerStars Macau is getting ready for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau Season 5 which starts Thursday, November 17 at the Casino Grand Lisboa. APPT Macau is the final leg on the PokerStars Macau 2011 calendar and could rightly be called the biggest tournament in Asia with 11 days of poker festivities featuring a HKD $6,000,000 guaranteed Main Event.
Throughout the year, PokerStars Macau has hosted a series of big events in the form of the Macau Millions, Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon events and Macau Poker Cup Championship (MPCC). According to APPT President Danny McDonagh, this year’s APPT Macau has already generated a lot of interest and is expected to be bigger than the previous seasons.
He stated, “There are already over 150 players in the Main Event who have either qualified on PokerStars or pre-registered… At our current pace we’ll break the HKD $6,000,000 guarantee on Day 1A alone.”
Last year’s APPT Macau Main Event, which saw 342 players take to the felt, may also be the reason for this year’s anticipated big draw because the prize pool exceeded over HKD $10,000,000. First place finisher Victorino Torres was the lucky player who seized approximately a third of the giant pie, taking home HKD $3,246,200.
In addition to the main event, there are a variety of side events with prize pools ranging from HKD $150,000 to HKD $1,000,000 guaranteed. One to watch out for will definitely be the two-day High Rollers Event featuring a HKD $100,000 buy-in. The Asia Player of the Year (APOY) race will also be high on the agenda of players in with a 1-year PokerStars Macau sponsorship at stake.
There are 14 official APOY events included in the APPT Macau schedule. Currently, Taiwanese poker pro Hung Sheng “Shaq” Lin leads the race with 6,028 points. Lin earned himself the top spot in the APOY leaderboard after winning first prize in the Macau Millions early this year. Coming up strong in second position is Malaysia’s top poker player Raiden Kan with 4,936 points. Kan has been tearing up the Asian poker circuit with five final table appearances this year, including a first prize at the MPCC Main Event last month.
“I’ve got a big chance now and I’m very confident.” said Kan. “APPT Macau is my next goal of course and focusing on that will also get me the Asia Player of the Year.”
Interestingly, Lin’s brother, “Aaron” Hung-Chang Lin, is also in contention for the APOY. He is currently in third place with 3,984 points. No doubt, the battle will surely be exciting as the next several days will determine who will be the best in Asia for 2011 and have their name engraved in history on the APOY trophy.
Stay tuned to Poker Portal Asia as we give you updates on this event and you can head to the APPT website for more information.
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