MPC23: The Red Dragon awaits

Records broken, new Team PokerStars Pros and the hunt for the best looking trophy in poker.

Macau is gearing up for another legendary Red Dragon event.

The 23rd edition of the Macau Poker Cup has seen the City of Dreams poker room buzzing over the last week and things are guaranteed to continue with the Red Dragon kicking off on September 5th.

This feature tournament is the highlight of another action packed 17-day festival at PokerStars LIVE Macau. For a buy-in of HK$12,000 and with a HK$5,000,000 prize pool guarantee it's easy to see why the Red Dragon is notorious for attracting huge fields.

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Luckily Macau is already well acquainted with impressive player numbers.

The first three events of this Macau Poker Cup's opening weekend saw 854 hopefuls pull up seats and play for HK$2,808,441 in prizes. Almost half of those entries can be attributed to the record field of 353 players in the recent Baby Dragon event, where China's Xiang Rong claimed the crown and took home HK$1,849,014.

Now that the Red Dragon is set to begin, even bigger crowds are expected to flock into PokerStars LIVE Macau. Time will tell if numbers surpass MPC22's field of 987 where China's Yuguang Li did the unthinkable by winning the Red Dragon event for HK$1,848,000 before jumping straight into the High Roller and taking that down too.
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Yuguang Li celebrates during MPC22

Among the field this week will be the two new additions to the PokerStars Team Pro roster, Taiwan's Chen-An Lin and China's Yaxi Zhu. Both are popular players with stellar resumes throughout the region and will undoubtedly help to build poker in Asia and across the globe.

They're in good company with other Team PokerStars Pros from Asia including Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, Vivian Im, Aditya Agarwal and Kosei Ichinose.

Zhu and Lin will be sporting the Red Spade for the first time here in Macau and looking for a deep run and a big score in the Red Dragon. Fellow Team Pro Celina Lin has dominated the Red Dragon in the past and Zhu and Lin will be hoping to follow in her footsteps.

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Newest members of Team PokerStars Pro: Yaxi Zhu and Chen-An Lin

The Red Dragon isn't all about Team Pros, however, as players from all around the region look to claim their own piece of Asian poker history.

The tournament includes four Day 1 flights so players and staff are strapping themselves in for a busy yet exciting week of poker. Running from September 5-11 we'll ultimately see a new champion emerge next Friday.

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Play officially commences Saturday from 6:00pm local time with the Red Dragon's Day 1A. Be sure to stay with us here at the PokerStars Blog to follow along live from this edition of the Macau Poker Cup.

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour