The poker seed is very effective.
Wherever it’s planted, it sprouts and grows like wild. The game may have its roots in the United States of America but the seeds have spread far and wide. One of those seeds floated across the Pacific Ocean and found itself taking up root in the Philippines about 6 years ago.
Back in APPT Season 1, the first event was held in Manila, Philippines. Since then, poker has exploded and spread to all the surrounding areas. In a region where baccarat was the gambling game of choice, poker is starting to occupy more and more tables.
Aside from the consistent expansion of the APPT, other tours and poker rooms have started to pop up in the region. There’s now an APT and the World Series of Poker held its first Asia Pacific event this year.
This expansion has allowed PokerStars to open up its first live poker room: PokerStars LIVE. The room opened up in Macau and is now located in the City of Dreams. It’s a massive venue that’s hosted the largest tournament in Asia.
Just last week, the PokerStars LIVE poker room hosted the 18th Macau Poker Cup. There, the Red Dragon Main Event drew more players than any other tournament in Asia Pacific. There was a total of 891 unique entrants for event, obliterating the previous record of 635.
And the growth just keeps coming.
PokerStars is now sponsoring the China Series of Poker. The first event is not too far away in time or distance. The next event is going to be held in Sanya, Hainan from May 15-19. Tournament staff is expecting about 500 players and another paradisiacal tournament.
The event is being held at the Mangrove Tree Resort World on Coconut Beach, Sanya Bay. This part of China is commonly referred to as the “Hawaii of China,” but unlike the American Hawaii, China’s Hawaii has poker.
It has the CSOP.
Check out the CSOP website for more details.
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Alexander Villegas is a sellout for the PokerStars Blog.com