DOUGLAS, Isle of Man -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Today PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, announced the opening of Macao's first live poker room - PokerStars Macao. Housed in Macao's prestigious Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Cotai, it will have a 250 person capacity and offer cash games as well as a robust weekly tournament calendar.
The newly appointed poker room will launch on May 23 with a No-Limit Texas Hold'em Charity Poker Tournament to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake in Western China. Participants will compete for $150,000 HKD in prizes, including entries to the $25,000 HKD buy-in September 2008 APPT Macao, after making a charitable donation to participate. The suggested minimum donation is $2,000 HKD.
"PokerStars is committed to the development of poker in Asia" said Joe Hachem, Poker World Champion and member of Team PokerStars Pro. "Although Macao has overtaken Las Vegas as the gaming capital of the world, it was only with the incredible success of the Asia Pacific Poker tour last November that Texas Hold'em poker started growing there. PokerStars planted the seeds and now this beautiful Poker room is going to be the garden where future champions learn to play. I wouldn't be surprised if the next World Champion comes from Macao or elsewhere in China."
Gary Woollard, General Manager of Grand Waldo Casino believes: "The arrival of poker as a gaming option in Macao's casinos will encourage more people to come and enjoy all Macao has to offer. We are delighted to have a company with the reputation of PokerStars to manage what is sure to be a very successful and popular poker room."
The charity event will be the first event of the "Macao Poker Cup" - a series of poker tournaments scheduled during the May 23-25 weekend, including a $1,000 HKD buy-in Deep-Stack event, the $10,000 buy-in Red Dragon event and the first of many satellites to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour's second season's events. Visit Pokerstarsmacau.com for details.
The full schedule for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour's second season will be announced shortly, but will kick-off at Grand Waldo Casino with the September 1-6 APPT Macao Main Event, a $25,000 HKD buy-in No-Limit Hold'em poker tournament with a guarantee of $10,000,000 HKD.
The luxurious Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino is one of Macau's newest five-star hotel resorts and gives poker players, their friends and family, an opportunity to explore one of Asia's most fascinating locations. With its wealth of Chinese temples, Portuguese monuments and beautiful gardens, Macau's historic centre has been designated a World Heritage site.
Jeffrey Haas, President of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, comments: "Poker has grown tremendously in Asia and we are very excited to be driving that growth, particularly as we were the first to produce live poker in Macau. After the success of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour last November, a tremendous poker boom has resulted in Hong Kong and Macau - but it's just starting. The significance of the PokerStars Macau poker room on Asia will likely parallel the effect that Chris Moneymaker had on the USA when he won the 2003 WSOP."