APPT8 Macau Day 1a: Dreaming of the next champion
City of dreams.
Sounds nice, doesn't it?
We all have dreams, big and small, and I can't think of anyone who would have to think twice about heading to a city designed to fulfil those dreams. Unfortunately I don't know of any such city in existence.
Unless, that is, you play poker and you will be in Macau this week.
Hundreds of players will share a common dream this week - to become the latest champion on Season 8 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. And where will this dream become a reality, you ask?
Well, PokerStars LIVE Macau at the City of Dreams of course!
For seven seasons this region's largest poker tour has seen players travelling to Macau to try and make their poker dream come true.
By the end of this coming weekend, one more player will achieve that feat, leaving the City of Dreams casino property in Macau as the latest APPT champion and certainly a hell of a lot richer for the experience.
Most poker fans understand, at least to some degree, Macau's importance to the poker world. It has been the home of high stakes action in the modern era of this game that we love and it isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
However, it's not only the nosebleed cash game action that personifies the 'Vegas of the East'. There is also a thriving tournament scene and a big part of that scene is the Asia Pacific Poker Tour.
Seven years ago the first-ever APPT Macau Main Event took place. There were 352 players in the US$2,500 buy-in event, which created a large US$809,600 prize pool. The victor of that inaugural event - the player to make his poker dream come true - was Dinh Le. It wasn't an easy road for Le to achieve his dreams. He had to overcome a final table which included Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem.
Since Le was crowned the inaugural champ, Eddie Sabat (2008), Dermot Blain (2009),Victorino Torres (2010), Team PokerStars Pro Randy Lew (2011) and Alexandre Chieng (2013) have also joined the pantheon of APPT Macau victors, securing their own piece of an elusive poker dream.
So who will be the next poker hopeful to lift the APPT Macau trophy, making their own dream come true?
Right now the answer to that question is unknown and considering the immense interest in this year's Main Event, the eventual champion is currently just one player in a sea of hundreds of hopefuls.
But dreams have to start somewhere and for players hitting the felt of the APPT Macau Main Event the dream begins on one of the two starting Day 1 flights taking place on Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m on each day.
Luckily we are in the age of the internet and so someone's dream come true will be documented in full right here at the PokerStarsBlog. There will be live reports on hands, chip counts and all that important stuff at the top of the APPT8 Macau page, while feature stories, interviews and more will be provided by yours truly and can be found below those live updates. Stay awake for this one, poker fans!