Just a few weeks ago the year that was 2012 came to an end and was replaced with the allure of fresh start. Slates were wiped clean, goals were made and New Year's resolutions were vowed to be kept. Of all the people in the world, I would wager that (some) poker players the most likely people to set goals and resolutions. How else are they to gauge their success at the felt in any given year? For poker players from all around the Asia-Pacific, success at the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon is high up on the list of goals and what better way to get the monkey off the back then by winning the first MPC: Red Dragon Main Event of the year.
Set to begin at the late starting time of 8.00 pm local time on Thursday, players have had plenty of time to prepare for the night ahead and it's certainly gearing up to be an action-packed evening of poker. Players are already starting to file into the PokerStars Macau poker room here at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex and by all accounts, it's going to be a stacked field. One player who is certainly going to be in attendance over one of the two Day 1 flights, is Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin. In 2012, Lin became the first and only player to claim two Red Dragon titles and this weekend Lin will be looking to make it a treble of championships. However, plenty of Asia's best will be in attendance and looking to crush Lin's dreams and so it won't be an easy road to victory.
Last year in February, PokerStars Macau played host to the largest ever MPC: Red Dragon Main Event field. A total of 635 players partook in that event and it was Nicky Tao Jin who walked away with the massive HK$1,192,500 first-place prize. With the attractive and popular buy-in level again set at HK$11,000 and with a guaranteed prize pool of HK$3,000,000, another large field is expected to take to the PokerStars Macau felt.
Not only will the winner of the PMC: Red Dragon walk away with all the prestige that the historic event affords it's champions, but they will also be the early front runner on the Asia Player of the Year race. Last year it was Yosuke Sekiya who became the Asia Player of the Year, but who will that crown go to this year? The MPC: Red Dragon is where that race starts.
Will the MPC: Red Dragon champion be a recognisable face of Asian poker or a fresh face set to call 2013 their breakthrough year? Only one way to find out, so be sure to join us here at the PokerStars Blog from 8.00pm on Thursday evening and throughout the weekend ahead .