Just last week Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin of China discussed in a blog post the remarkable growth of poker in Macau. There she spoke not just of the popularity of poker here in Macau and in Asia, but how increasing numbers of women are playing in this part of the world, too.
In her post, Lin notes a percentage that has held true for quite some time -- namely, that women are participating at a rate of about 5-6% in Macau tourneys, a higher clip than one finds in other parts of the world.
We noticed a number of women participating in the ACOP Warm-Up earlier this week. Then we saw six women entering the $100,000 (HKD) Main Event, and as the field shrunk down to 40 there were still four remaining.
One, the Hong Kong-based player Jennette Tan, was just now eliminated after battling with a short stack for much of the day. Tan came to today's event with numerous cashes at Macau over the past year-and-a-half, including a couple of Red Dragon final tables in February of this year.
Though out of this event, we'll probably see Tan some more this weekend during the final ACOP events as she is still gunning for the 2012 Asia Player of the Year for which she sits in fifth position currently.
Lin is also among those still with chips, sitting with about 56,000 as we move toward the end of Level 12. Lin is likewise battling for Asia Player of the Year, sitting just ahead of Tan in fourth in the APOY race at the moment with just a few more events to go.
Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Lin not long ago to talk about how her Main Event has been going.
The pair also discussed Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im of Korea, who is still with us as well. In fact, for a short stretch a little while ago she and Lin were sitting side-by-side.
Im has also had a great year in Macau, highlighted by a victory in the Ladies event at the Macau Poker Cup Championship in September and a third-place finish in Event #1 of the ACOP, the $9,200 (HKD) Deepstack Championship.
Meanwhile, Japan's Yuri Ishida is faring the best at the moment among the women, having pushed her stack up close to 200,000 so far. Ishida final tabled an event at APPT Cebu back in April, and this past summer cashed in the WSOP Main Event, finishing 440th.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.