Macau Poker Cup returns in August!

In just two weeks, the 19th edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) returns to the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' poker room from August 9-18. Players throughout Asia are excited and they have good reason to be.

When the hugely popular regional series launched Macau's newest poker room last April, there was this mystery amongst players and organizers alike.

How successful would the MPC be in PokerStars' newest home in Macau?

The answer was, "very".

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Double Red Dragon winner Celina Lin

The goal on launch day was to surpass 635 players in the Red Dragon main event; and, in doing so would set a new unique-player record in Asia. PokerStars LIVE Macau redefined the term "smash" as an astonishing 891 players blew away the previous record.

It wasn't just the main event either. When the 635-player record was originally set in 2012, that MPC had an impressive 2,153 players and over HK $12.8m (USD $1.7m) in total prize money. But the most recent MPC improved on both figures by more than 30% at 2,812 players and nearly HK $17m (USD $2.2m) in prize money.

The HK $11,000 Red Dragon event will return once again and the legendary tournament has a HK $5m prize pool guarantee. All of the popular side events return once again including the HK $2,000 Deepstack NLH (200k GTD), HK $5,500 NLH (500k GTD), and the fast-growing HK $20,000 NLH (1m GTD) event - which improved from 68 to 164 runners last time it was held.

Not counting the main event and the unofficial 20k high roller event, that's an average of over 250 players in each side event - impressive numbers for poker in Asia.

For the first the time, Pot Limit Omaha will be added to the August MPC schedule in the form of the HK $2,000 Deepstack PLO event.

The PLO tourney is just one of several minor changes that now allow weekend visitors to play three tournaments and still be back for work on Monday.

Taiwanese poker pro Terry Fan has confirmed that he will return to defend his Red Dragon title. Joining him will former Red Dragon winners Celina Lin and Raymond Wu along with fellow Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang and Vivian Im.

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Fred Leung
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau