APPT: Johnny Chan to hit Macau

appt_thumb_promo[2].jpgPokerStars has just announced an unprecedented line-up of champion poker players who will be bringing world-class poker action to Macau in the People's Republic of China on September 1st for the launch of Season 2 of the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour.

Joining the field of 20 world class champions in a tournament that is destined to become the largest-ever in Asia with 500+ participants, is poker legend Johnny 'The Orient Express' Chan. There are few players on the planet who can rival his poker record, with ten World Series of Poker bracelets to his name and more than $6.7 million in tournament earnings during his career.

"It's great for Poker in Asia that there's a major tournament like this here in Macau," says Chan. "It's bringing in top players like myself, and letting the world know that there is real poker here, and real poker players here, and that anybody can win millions of dollars."

Joining the Chan will be a host of players from across Asia Pacific, and the world, who have won their way to the event via free online tournaments on PokerStars, in addition to those who will win their entries through live mega satellites still to take place throughout next week at the PokerStars Macau poker room at Grand Waldo Casino. Players can also buy-in directly on-site.

The PokerStars.net APPT Season 2 in Macau from September 1-9, will include the $25,000 HKD buy-in Main Event (approximately $3,200 USD) September 1-6 and the return of the prestigious "high roller" event with a buy-in of $150,000 HKD (approximately $19,250 USD) September 7-9. Both televised events guarantee a minimum prize pool of $10M HKD and with more than 500 players expected to start in the Main Event it is likely to set a new record for poker tournaments in Asia, both in player numbers and prize pool.

The Champions from around the world that will be hosted at PokerStars APPT Macau event include:

  • Joe Hachem, Australia (2005 WSOP Main Event Champion)
  • Johnny Chan, Hong Kong (1987 & 1988 WSOP Main Event Champion)
  • Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, France (2008 PCA Champion)
  • Scotty Nguyen, Vietnam (2008 WSOP HORSE Champion)
  • Lee Nelson, New Zealand (2006 Aussie Millions Champion)
  • Isabelle Mercier, Canada (2004 WPT Ladies Event Champion)
  • Van Tuyet Nguyen, Vietnam (2008 WPT Celebrity Invitational Champion)
  • Barry Greenstein, USA (2008 WSOP Razz Champion)
  • Dinh Le, Vietnam (2007 APPT Macau Main Event Champion)
  • Eric Assadourian, Australia (2007 APPT Macau High Roller Event Champion)
  • Neil Arce, Philippines (2008 FPT Manila Champion)
  • Mike "Timex" McDonald, Canada (2008 EPT German Open Champion)
  • Ziv Bachar, Israel (2007 APPT Seoul Champion)
  • Grant Levy, Australia (2007 APPT Sydney Champion)
  • Mel Judah, England (2003 WPT Legends of Poker Champion)
  • Daniel "Rekrul" Schrieber, USA (2007 WSOP Heads Up Champion)
  • Men "The Master" Nguyen (2005 Player of the Year)
  • Harry "Wise Owl" Demetriou, England (2004 Victor Poker Cup Champion)
  • Anthony Rivera, USA (2008 WSOP Mixed Events Champion)
  • Isaac Galazan, USA (2005 WSOP Short-Handed Champion)

    For more information on the PokerStars.net APPT and how to qualify for the tournaments, go to: //www.appt.com.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in Macau