PokerStars Macau announces final Macau Poker Cup majors

Thumbnail image for ps_news_thn.jpgPokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa, which recently announced dates for APPT Macau, has now revealed the schedule for the remaining Macau Poker Cup (MPC) events in 2011.

The Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon will take place from August 6-14, and will feature the HKD $11,000 buy-in Red Dragon main event with a HKD $3,000,000 guarantee.

The Macau Poker Cup Championship (MPCC) will take place from October 7-16 and the grand finale for Asia's premier poker series will feature a HKD $20,000 main event with a whopping HKD $4,500,000 guarantee.

"It's truly an exciting time for us at PokerStars Macau," said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Director of Live Operations for Asia-Pacific. "The MPC: Red Dragon has grown immensely in 2011 and our final tweaks to the nine-day schedule advances it from good to great. I'm confident that we'll award over HKD $10,000,000 in prize money for the first time at this event.

"The MPCC will be an extraordinary conclusion to the Macau Poker Cup series this year. For those competing for the Asia Player of the Year title it's that final push for leaderboard points before the play-offs in November's APPT Macau. And for those coming to Macau for the first time, it's simply a great ten days of poker tournaments, with buy-in ranges for everyone, at a unique destination."

August will be the last chance for players to hoist the legendary Red Dragon trophy this year. The two Red Dragon winners in 2011 were Filipino Mark Benasa and Canadian Kwan Pao Mah who won HKD $1,100,000 and HKD $983,400 respectively.

In total, there will be nine official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) events at MPC: Red Dragon including the $30,000 High Rollers, $5,000 KO Bounty, and $1,000 Charity Event which supports local charities.

The last Macau Poker Cup had a record total of 1,632 players and awarded HKD $9,482,270 (USD $1,223,500) in prize money.

Macau Poker Cup Schedule, August 6-14, (all figures in HKD)
• Saturday, Aug 6 @ 2:10 PM - $500 3x Turbo Rebuy Red Dragon Satellite (5 Seat Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Saturday, Aug 6 @ 8:10 PM - Event 1: $3,000 NLH ($300,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Sunday, Aug 7 @ 2:10 PM - Event 2: $1,000 Charity Event + 2 Rebuys ($50,000 added prizes)
• Monday, Aug 8 @ 8:10 PM - Event 3: $1,500 Deepstack ($150,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Tuesday, Aug 9 @ 8:10 PM - Event 4: $4,000 NLH ($400,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Wednesday, Aug 10 @ 2:10 PM - Event 5: $5,000 KO Bounty ($500,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Thursday, Aug 11 @ 2:10 PM - Event 6: $11,000 Red Dragon ($3,000,000 Guarantee), Day 1A
• Friday, Aug 12 @ 8:10 PM - Event 6: $11,000 Red Dragon ($3,000,000 Guarantee), Day 1B
• Saturday, Aug 13 @ 4:00 PM - Event 7: $6,000 NLH ($600,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Saturday, Aug 13 @ 7:00 PM - $1,000 Ladies Event
• Saturday, Aug 13 @ 8:10 PM - Event 8: $30,000 High Rollers (2-day event)
• Sunday, Aug 14 @ 2:10 PM - Event 9: $2,500 KO Bounty ($250,000 Guarantee)

For the complete Macau Poker Cup schedule please visit www.pokerstarsmacau.com

Germany's Julian Hasse won the 2010 MPCC Main Event when he beat a 254-player field on his way to collecting the then-MPC-record HKD $1,064,000 first prize. PokerStars Macau expects those numbers to be bigger and richer this year.

The 10-day poker festival will offer 12 official APOY events. Most notably, the opening $8,800 event will be the first MPC side event to guarantee HKD $1,000,000 and allows re-entry on Day 1B for those who bust from Day 1A.

"We want to open the grand finale of the MPC series with a bang!" said country manager Fred Leung. "It seems like only yesterday that the Red Dragon had a million dollar guarantee. To offer the same amount for a side event is our way of thanking the players for their support of the MPC and also shows the confidence we have in the brand. I fully expect several MPCC records to fall over those ten days."

Players can qualify free to the Macau Poker Cup & Macau Poker Cup Championship at PokerStars.net. Freerolls and satellites are running now and can be found on the 'Events' tab, then click 'Macau'

Macau Poker Cup Championship Schedule, October 7-16, (all figures in HKD)
• Friday, Oct 7 @ 8:10 PM - Event 1: $8,800 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee), Day 1A (Day 1B, re-entry allowed)
• Saturday, Oct 8 @ 8:10 PM - Event 1: $8,800 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee), Day 1B
• Sunday, Oct 9 @ 8:10 PM - Event 2: $1,500 Deepstack ($150,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Monday, Oct 10 @ 8:10 PM - Event 3: $5,000 KO Bounty ($500,000 Guarantee) (2-day event)
• Tuesday, Oct 11 @ 2:10 PM - Event 4: $1,000 Charity Event + 2 Rebuys ($50,000 Added Prizes)
• Wednesday, Oct 12 @ 2:10 PM - Event 5: $20,000 Main Event ($4,500,000 Guarantee), Day 1A
• Wednesday, Oct 12 @ 6:00 PM - Event 6: $2,500 KO Bounty
• Thursday, Oct 13 @ 2:10 PM - Event 5: $20,000 Main Event ($4,500,000 Guarantee), Day 1B
• Thursday, Oct 13 @ 6:00 PM - Event 7: $4,000 NLH
• Friday, Oct 14 @ 2:10 PM - Event 8: $3,000 NLH ($300,000 Guarantee)
• Friday, Oct 14 @ 6:00 PM - Event 9: $10,000 6-Handed (2-day event)
• Saturday, Oct 15 @ 2:10 PM - Event 10: $6,000 NLH ($600,000 Guarantee)
• Saturday, Oct 15 @ 8:10 PM - Event 11: $50,000 High Rollers (2-day event)
• Saturday, Oct 15 @ 8:10 PM - $1,000 Ladies Event
• Sunday, Oct 16 @ 2:30 PM - Event 12: $1,000 Rebuy ($150,000 Guarantee)

For the complete Macau Poker Cup Championship schedule please visit www.pokerstarsmacau.com

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