Poker just got better in Macau
Recently, PokerStars Macau announced details about their new poker room which will be rebranded 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams'. I, along with a lot of other people, have been speculating where the new home would be for months and City of Dreams (COD) is at the top of the list for Best Venues.
The new cardroom will offer cash games, daily tournaments, and then expand for special events.
There's been a lot of news in recent years about the massive cash games in Macau. It's exciting for poker fans following the updates on 2+2 but most players can't actually afford to play in those games. I've been told that the PokerStars LIVE Macau room is going build the game of poker from the bottom-up, meaning the return of stakes equivalent to US $1-2 which has been largely missing from the Macau poker scene. Of course, if you want to play bigger there will also be mid and high stakes available.
The live poker room at COD will also see the return of the popular daily tournaments. The difference this time around is that there will actually be live tournaments EVERY day. I can't reveal the schedule yet but let's say the organizers have been listening to player feedback and have made some great changes while keeping the core of what everyone liked about them before.
Of course, the one constant that's never left Macau is the special events. I'll play PokerStars events anywhere but having the ACOP (Asia Championship of Poker), Macau Poker Cup, etc. at COD just makes the experience so much better.
Ever since COD opened in 2009, I've honestly never had a trip to Macau were I didn't go there for something.
So, yeah, it has 3 of the best hotels but frankly there are lots of great hotels in Macau. There's also amazing restaurants from all four corners of the world and loads of luxury shopping options.
But the reason I'd stay at COD isn't the hotel itself but all the other things that make the place unique.
'The House of Dancing Water' is a show produced by Cirque's Franco Dragone and it's the best show in Macau. Seriously, if you haven't been to this you got to check it out. The Dancing Water Theatre has the sickest stage ever!
Not a fancy theatre guy? No worries, COD is also home to Cubic -- Macau's best club by FAR that flies in world famous DJ's & artists to perform on a regular basis. It's a perfect poker and party combo 'cause Cubic is open until 6am each night for six days each week.
Kind of funny not to mention this earlier but COD also has more than 420,000 square feet of gaming space of more than 2000 tables and machines. You'll find every game you want to play there.
The complex is also a short walk from 'Taipa Village' which is a local's area with restaurants tucked away in its tiny alleys. Macau's famous Pork Chop Bun is also here and is only open for several hours each day, so get there early if you want some meaty awesomeness.
Needless to say, my favorite poker room is now at my favorite complex.
See you at the next Macau Poker Cup which begins April 19.
Bryan Huang is a member of Team PokerStars Pro