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APPT Macau Press Release

Posted by : DM101 on Monday, August 25, 2008 permalink
Macau, 21 August 2008 - PokerStars (http://www.PokerStars.net), the world’s largest online poker site, today announced an unprecedented line-up of champion poker players who will be bringing world-class poker action to Macau in the People’s Republic of China on 1st September for the launch of Season 2 of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (PokerStars.net APPT).

Joining the field of 20 world class champions in a tournament that is destined to become the largest-ever in Asia with 500+ participants, is poker legend Johnny ‘The Orient Express’ Chan. There are few players on the planet who can rival his poker record, with 10 World Series of Poker bracelets to his name and more than $6.7million USD in tournament earnings during his career. Johnny Chan first shot to fame in the late 1980s, winning the championship event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in two consecutive years (1987 and 1988) and was also featured as one of the greatest poker players ever in the 1998 movie “Rounders” with Matt Damon and Edward Norton. “It’s great for Poker in Asia that there’s a major tournament like this here in Macau,” says Chan. “It’s bringing in top players like myself, and letting the world know that there is real poker here, and real poker players here, and that anybody can win millions of dollars.”

Chan also says: “Good luck to all the players!”

Jeffrey Haas, President of the PokerStars.net APPT, said: “We are excited to have so many of the world’s top players coming to the Grand Waldo Casino in Macau this year and it’s a testament to our initial success that champions such as Johnny Chan, Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Liz Lieu, JJ Liu, Isabelle Mercier, Elky and Barry Greenstein are eager to compete on the felt during our second season. We’re privileged to continue leading the growth of poker and poker culture in Asia, and expect local and regional player participation to at least double during this year’s events. The PokerStars.net APPT is taking poker to a new level in Asia Pacific, and when this Macau tournament is broadcast on TV around the world we expect this growth to continue.”

Joining the professionals will be a host of players from across Asia Pacific, and the world, who have won their way to the event via free online tournaments at PokerStars.net, in addition to those who will win their entries through live mega satellites still to take place throughout next week (Sunday 24th Aug – Sunday 31st Aug) at the PokerStars Macau poker room at Grand Waldo Casino. Players can also buy-in directly on-site.

The PokerStars.net APPT Season 2 in Macau from September 1-9, will include the $25,000 HKD buy-in Main Event (approximately $3,200 USD) September 1-6 and the return of the prestigious “high roller” event with a buy-in of $150,000 HKD (approximately $19,250 USD) September 7-9. Both televised events guarantee a minimum prize pool of $10M HKD and with more than 500 players expected to start in the Main Event it is likely to set a new record for poker tournaments in Asia, both in player numbers and prize pool.

The Champions from around the world that will be hosted at PokerStars APPT Macau event include:

- Joe Hachem, Australia (2005 WSOP Main Event Champion)
- Johnny Chan, Hong Kong (1987 & 1988 WSOP Main Event Champion)
- Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, France (2008 PCA Champion)
- Scotty Nguyen, Vietnam (2008 WSOP HORSE Champion)
- Lee Nelson, New Zealand (2006 Aussie Millions Champion)
- Isabelle Mercier, Canada (2004 WPT Ladies Event Champion)
- Van Tuyet Nguyen, Vietnam (2008 WPT Celebrity Invitational Champion)
- Barry Greenstein, USA (2008 WSOP Razz Champion)
- Dinh Le, Vietnam (2007 APPT Macau Main Event Champion)
- Eric Assadourian, Australia (2007 APPT Macau High Roller Event Champion)
- Neil Arce, Philippines (2008 FPT Manila Champion)
- Mike "Timex" McDonald, Canada (2008 EPT German Open Champion)
- Ziv Bachar, Israel (2007 APPT Seoul Champion)
- Grant Levy, Australia (2007 APPT Sydney Champion)
- Mel Judah, England (2003 WPT Legends of Poker Champion)
- Daniel "Rekrul" Schrieber, USA (2007 WSOP Heads Up Champion)
- Men "The Master" Nguyen (2005 Player of the Year)
- Harry "Wise Owl" Demetriou, England (2004 Victor Poker Cup Champion)
- Anthony Rivera, USA (2008 WSOP Mixed Events Champion)
- Isaac Galazan, USA (2005 WSOP Short-Handed Champion)

For more information on the PokerStars.net APPT and how to qualify for the tournaments, go to: http://www.appt.com

About PokerStars:
PokerStars (http://www.pokerstars.net) is the world's largest online poker room (with 15 million players worldwide) and also the #1 poker tournament site. As the premier destination for the top players - with over 100,000 tournaments running every day-PokerStars is renowned for offering the best software and security in the online poker world. To date, PokerStars has;
· Dealt over 19 billion hands
· Run more than 100 million poker tournaments
· Paid out more than $300 million in tournament prize money every month
· Entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the first and only poker website to reach the 160,000 simultaneous players mark

PokerStars is the official sponsor of: The European Poker Tour (http://www.ept.com), PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour (http://www.lapt.com), Asia Pacific Poker Tour (http://www.appt.com) and The World Cup of Poker.
PokerStars is the home of Team PokerStars Pro, a group of 29 veteran and up-and-coming players from around the world who play online at PokerStars and are sponsored by the site in international tournaments around the world. For more information please visit http://www.pokerstars.net.








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