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PokerStars gets a room in Macau
At the Hotel Grand Lisboa Macau, prestigious online poker site PokerSars has opened a live poker room. The launch took place in March 2009. The new poker tables for tournaments or ring games will delight enthusiasts of poker, either locals or tourists.
Even though Macau is the center of gambling for Asia, poker is not as popular there as it is in Las Vegas. PokerStars is a leading contributor to the poker trend in Asia, including the creation of the APPT (Asia Pacific Poker Tour). The room at the Casino Grand Lisboa located is in the heart of Macau in one of the oldest chain of casinos in the region.
The new poker room at the Grand Lisboa brings weekly poker tournaments to the Macau community and the visitors. These are held in conjunction with Macau Poker Cup and the annual tournament Asia Pacific Poker Tour, which will increase exposure to the game in Asia.
The poker room also offers regular weekly freerolls that will attract, perhaps, new players. The prizes of these freerolls consist of buy-ins to major poker events. For instance a popular tournament is the Macau Poker Cup. One freeroll offers entry to the 10,000 HKD buy-in in the Red Dragon tournament, which has a guaranteed prize pool of 500,000 HKD. Another weekend event is a 1,000 HKD buy-in to a charity poker event, whose beneficiary is Caritas from Macau.
PokerStars is committed to the growth of poker throughout Asia, and this new venue will be its hub mentioned 2005 World Champion and Team PokerStars Pro member Joe Hachem. "For me it has been amazing to watch the development of the poker culture during the past two years since the Asia Pacific Poker Tour has provided for the first time poker in Macau." You can watch Joe play online poker at Pokerstars. Simply open an account and use a pokerstars bonus code that will provide you a 100% bonus up to $600.
As poker grows throughout the Asia Pacific region, a new wave of players has emerged. The APPT has discovered players like Bryan Huang and Nathaniel Seet from Singapore or Yoshiro Tasaka from Japan. The new poker wave will also bring representatives of China, Macau, Hong Kong, Korea and the Philippines. Asian players are known for their unique way of playing the game of poker and they can be formidable opponents and very difficult to beat.
So if you are visiting Macau and if you like poker, make sure to have a stop at Hotel Grand Lisboa for a good game of Texas Hold'em.