PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa has released the dates for the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau. The 11-day festival of poker is set to take place from November 17-27, 2011.
The HKD $30,000 (USD $3,870) Main Event has been scheduled for November 23-27 and is once again expected to transport the world to Asia's gaming capital for a true international presence.
"PokerStars Macau has always been a premier event for the APPT." said Danny McDonagh, the newly appointed APPT President. "There's been an explosion of regional players supporting the major Asia tournaments this year with both the Macau Poker Cup and Macau Millions absolutely crushing the previous Asia poker records. We've also positioned APPT Macau as the season finale for the Asia Player of the Year title. "
"APPT Macau has historic significance for bringing Texas Holdem poker to China in 2007. It has been the richest poker tournament in Asia each year and I have no doubt that it will continue that trend in 2011." added McDonagh, who is also the Director of Live Operations for the Asia-Pacific.
The Asia Player of the Year (APOY) has been awarded each year to the best poker player on the Asian poker circuit since 2009. Each year the winner has their name engraved onto the permanent APOY trophy located at the PokerStars Macau poker room and becomes a part of poker history. The 2011 APOY season started in January and will finish at the end of the APPT Macau schedule in November. The eventual winner will be awarded a 1-Year Sponsorship with PokerStars Macau.
"It was an amazing experience to win the (Asia Player of the Year) title last year." said Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang, the 2010 Asia Player of the Year. "When the APPT events got added to the APOY criteria this year that instantly increased the amount of qualifying events by 50% and that, for me, just makes the award more exciting while truly recognizing the best tournament player in the region. Having APPT Macau as the finale for the APOY race is brilliant! It will give the entire event a playoffs atmosphere to end the year."
Last year, 342 players entered the Main Event, competing for a prize pool of HKD $12,730,608 (USD $1,642,660). Victorino Torres from Northern Mariana Islands emerged as the 2010 champion. The 33-year old attorney qualified online at PokerStars and eventually turned a few mouse clicks into the HKD $3,246,200 (USD $418,865) grand prize.
PokerStars Macau has attracted the biggest names in poker including Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel -- the reigning World Champion, former-World Champion Joe Hachem, Bertrand "ElkY Grospellier, Liv Boeree, Marcel "The Flying Dutchman" Luske, Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, and Raymond Wu.
PokerStars sponsored players such as Johnny Chan, JC Tran, Nam Le, and Quinn Do have also made frequent visits to the biggest poker room in continental Asia.
The complete APPT Macau schedule will be announced soon but players can already qualify for APPT events through PokerStars Main Event Passport satellites and tournament.
For more information on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour please visit APPT.com