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APT - Celebrity Charity Poker Challenge

Postby DM101 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:14 pm

Thank you Mavis for providing the latest APT news.

With just J-5 in his hand, Quinn Do eliminated the last of his competitors and walked away the winner of the Asian Poker Tour’s Macau celebrity charity poker challenge. Do’s hand trumped the 3-5 of Cantonese singer Renee Dai, who went all-in in an attempt to put a scare into her opponent and win some chips.

The night’s big winner, though, was the local community. As a result of the win, the Asian Poker Tour donated HKD $200,000 to local charity Caritas Macau.

The final hand was just one of the many highlights at the celebrity charity poker event at APT Macau. The list of participants in the game itself was an amazing sight all on its own. The cast of players included popular Cantonese celebrities such as Michael Wong, Renee Dai, Janice Man, Natalie Ng, Erika Yuen, and Tracy Ip. Cult glamour model Tila Tequila was also on hand for the celebrity game.

In addition, some of the world’s most well-known poker pros also participated in the charity event. Winner Quinn Do was joined by poker legend Doyle Brunson and his son Todd, Nam Le, JC Tran, Liz Lieu, and David “Chino’ Rheem – who placed third in the celebrity challenge. AsianLogic CEO Tom Hall also played in the game.

Despite not having much experience in poker, the Hong Kong starlets performed surprisingly well in the game. Model Janice Man provided the biggest highlight in the early parts of the game, knocking out both Doyle Brunson and Michael Wong at the same time with a full house. Later in the game, she also eliminated poker pro Liz Lieu.

Asked about her experience playing poker, Janice replied that she had only learned the game recently and that she had only played it a few times in the past. She added, though, that she would definitely play poker more and come back the next time the event is held.

Runner-up Renee Dai echoed her sentiments, stating that “I don’t have many tricks, but I understand the game a lot more now. There is so much skill involved.”

APT Macau, the second leg of the 2008 Asian Poker Tour, will be held at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Asia’s gambling mecca from August 27 to 31, 2008. The APT is home to Asia’s largest guaranteed prize pool with USD $1,500,000 in cash. The winner of APT Macau is guaranteed at least USD $500,000, which is sure to attract the top poker players from all over the world.

The buy-in for the Macau leg of this year’s APT is set at USD $5300 ($5000+$300). Players can also win seats to the event by qualifying through various online satellites being held all over the world on top poker rooms such as DafaPoker, Titan Poker, and PKR. For more information, visit the official web site at www.asianpt.com.
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