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Posted by : DM101 on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 permalink

AsianLogic, owners of the Asian Poker Tour, are delighted to announce an historic first for
poker in Asia. The hotly anticipated Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival, taking place between
12-23 August 2009 at the Galaxy Starworld, will be featured in a groundbreaking Chinese
language poker movie, tipped by many to have a similar impact on the game in the region as
1998 Hollywood film ‘Rounders’ did for the western world.

The movie is provisionally titled ‘Poker King’ and will be directed by famous Chinese language
director Chan Hing-Kai and Janet Chun and produced by Amy Chin and Chan Hing-Kai – it will
tell the story of two bitter poker rivals competing for world championship glory. The cast will be
all-star, featuring A list Chinese languages actors, actresses and pop stars and is set for
cinema release across the region later this year. Amongst those with starring roles in the film
include Louis Koo, Sean Lau Ching –Wan, Stephy Tang, Cherrie In and Josie Ho. There have
been very famous gaming films in the region before, most notably the 1989 Chinese language
classic ‘God of Gambler’s’ starring Chow-Yun-Fat, which spawned dozens of spin-offs, but
‘Poker King’ is set to be the first release that focuses on poker.

Tom Hall, CEO of Asian Logic, owners of the Asian Poker Tour said: “This is a very exciting
project and is sure to provoke even more excitement about The Asian Poker Macau Festival in
August. Players across the region and throughout the world are encouraged to come to the
Starworld and play at the Asian Poker Tour Macau – the movie crew will be needing lots of
extras and even players to take on roles if they choose! Rounders, starring Matt Damon and
Edward Norton, is always highlighted as a key catalyst for the growth of poker in the western
world. ‘Poker King’ has the promise to deliver this and potentially much more. Gross revenue
from poker in Macau is estimated to have risen by 400% in 2008 alone and continues to rise
and with this blockbuster movie the game could become even more popular in a land where
baccarat is king. Think of how many people have seen Rounders and at least quadruple it and
you can only speculate at the kind of impact ‘Poker King’ could have on the game. We’re
delighted to be involved.”

The Asian Poker Tour Macau is a hotbed for the world’s top poker professionals and
negotiations are ongoing about giving the Tour’s sponsored ambassadors ‘The Poker Pack’
significant roles in the film. The Pack includes recent World Series of Poker bracelet winners
JC Tran and Steve Sung, as well as Quinn Do, Nam Le, David ‘Chino’ Rheem and Kwang Soo
Lee. Together, they are amongst the most feared players on the world circuit.

The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will run from August 12–23, 2009 at the Galaxy
StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau. Last year, the event attracted some of the most
famous names in the game. Poker legend Doyle Brunson was one of those that attended and
said: “I thought Las Vegas was the gambling capital of the world but I was wrong, it feels like
coming home.” The Main Event was won by 20-year-old US hotshot Yevgeniy Timoshenko,
who scooped US$500,000 after emerging triumphant from the star-studded field that featured
players from over 40 countries. Timoshenko has gone on to become one of the hottest talents
in the game after taking down the WPT Championship earlier this year.

This year’s Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will be bigger and better with 12 days of non-stop
poker action and fun. The buy-in is set at US$4,300 (US$4000+$300). Aside from the Main
Event, the Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will feature the largest range of side events ever
seen in Asia - guaranteed to make the poker fest even more exciting and appealing to players
at all levels. Organizers and tournament director Matt Savage promise a lengthy and varied
side event schedule that will appeal to all tastes, details of which will be confirmed in the near
future. High-limit games and sit-n-go tables will run throughout the duration of the festival.
The last Asian Poker Tour event was held in the Philippines in January 2009 and was won by
Manila rounder Neil Arce, who scooped US$185,000 for first prize after overcoming a field of
262 players from over 40 countries. The runner-up was the Republic of Korea’s Steve Yea, who
repeated his second place in the Asian Poker Tour Macau 2008.
Like 2008, online qualifiers are also expected to flock to the StarWorld as the Asian Poker Tour
continues to gain support from leading online poker networks hosting satellites to the Main
Event. The Asian Poker Tour is supported by the iPoker Network, Titan Poker, DafaPoker, PKR,
PartyPoker, , 32 Red Poker, Betfriends, Ongame Network, Red Kings, 888, and Bwin. Full
details can be found at

World Series of Poker”® and “WSOP”® are registered trade marks of Harrah’s License
Company LLC. No license, affiliation, sponsorship, or endorsement is claimed, or should be
inferred from the use of these trademarks here. AsianLogic is not licensed by or otherwise
affiliated with Harrah’s License Company LLC or the World Series of Poker®, in any way.
AsianLogic is a leading online and land-based gaming company focusing on the Asia-Pacific
markets. AsianLogic owns and operates eight online casino brands and two online poker rooms
as well as land-based sportsbook operations through its MegaSportsWorld brand. It is a
specialist in Asia-specific games such as Mahjong, Cho-Da-Di, Do-Di-Zhu and 13 Card Poker.
The Company owns and operates the Asian Poker Tour. The Company also maintains a
corporate advisory team specialising in the gaming sector which is an active investor in
gaming-related businesses as well as providing consultancy and analytical services.
AsianLogic enjoys strong commercial relationships with leading gaming providers including
Playtech, ID Games and LVS. Founded as ESL in 2002, AsianLogic employs over 300
employees, the majority of whom are based in the Philippines.

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