MPC24: The Red Dragon fires up

Lower the drawbridge.

It's time again for players to hunt for the illustrious Red Dragon.

Macau Poker Cup 24 is in full swing and now the festival's crown jewel is upon us. It's already been an exciting nine days here at PokerStars LIVE in the City of Dreams and as we've come to expect from this popular series, the opening weekend drew impressive crowds and had plenty to play for.

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The HK$6,000 Baby Dragon event took center stage as 346 players generated a prize pool of HK$1,812,348. Ultimately it was Hong Kong's Kwok Chun Lai who emerged triumphant, pocketing HK$421,398 for his efforts. The Baby Dragon was just one of the tournaments that experienced growth in player numbers compared to the same season last year, and APPT President Danny McDonagh thinks it's a sign of things to come.

"It's a solid start to MPC24 with the Baby Dragon seeing a 20% increase from last February's result. We're very optimistic about the turnout for the Red Dragon Main Event next weekend" McDonagh said.

That weekend has now arrived with all eyes on the HK$12,000 Red Dragon which kicks off on February 28 and boasts a HK$8,000,000 guarantee. Last series it was China's Yue Feng Pan who took home the best looking trophy in poker. He overcame a record field of 945 to score himself a hearty HK$2,108,000 and etch his name in Macau poker history.

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MPC23 Champion Yue Feng Pan

Running from February 28 - March 4 the Red Dragon will include three Day 1 flights followed by Days 2 and 3 before the the final table is set. That means we will crown another Macau Poker champion come Friday next week.

If the past is anything to go by we'll also have some of Asia's most notable names vying for the championship. MPC23 saw Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, Aditya Agarwal, Vivian Im and Kosei Ichinose in the mix, as well as new additions to the roster Yaxi Zhu and Chen-an Lin. Most of these players are expected to return for the Red Dragon with many already spotted on the tournament floor over the last few days.

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Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu at MPC23

Play begins Sunday from 2:00pm local time with Day 1a starting things off. We'll be bringing you all the action from the felt right here on the PokerStars Blog. Be sure to join us!

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour