MPC23: Opening Weekend

The 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room is set for the 23rd edition of the Macau Poker Cup which runs from Aug 28 - Sep 13.

The previous installment of Asia's popular poker festival had impressive totals of 3,883 players and HK$27,571,268 (USD $3.56m) in prize money. Players can safely expect similar masses of entrants and prize pools over the 17-day schedule of MPC23.

While the minds of many will be on the following week's legendary Red Dragon main event, there's plenty to get excited about on opening weekend with three Official Asia Player of the Year events at hand.

Here's a look at the leadoff events at MPC23:

The HK$2,000 Deepstack NLH opener on Friday night comes with a HK$200,000 guarantee and acts as the warm-up to the official warm-up for Saturday's Baby Dragon event. Last March, Eric Fung took the Baby Dragon trophy.

Baby Dragon winner Eric Fung -  450x300.jpg

The HK$6,000 Baby Dragon comes with a HK$1 million guarantee. Since its creation last season, the Baby Dragon has averaged over 300 players and more than HK$1.5 million in prize money. It will be interesting to see if any former Red Dragon winner will ever be able to manage to add a Baby title to unify the iconic trophies.

Sunday concludes the first of three weekends with the HK$2,500 KO Bounty event.

For the complete Macau Poker Cup schedule please visit

Fred Leung
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour