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Posted by : DM101 on 02:17 AM, 29-Feb-2012

China's Nicky Jin beats the largest ever poker tournament field in Asia

MACAU, CHINA, February 26, 2012 –
PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa hosted the biggest and richest ever Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon from February 18-26 and set several new records for poker in Asia.

In total, the 9 Official Asia Player of the Year events drew 2,153 players and awarded HKD $12,857,863 (US $1,660,000) in prize money -- beating the previous records of 1,652 players and HKD $9,553,323 (USD $1,225,000) for Asia's premiere poker series.

"It was a fitting tribute as our last major poker event at the Grand Lisboa." said Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Director of Live Operations for the Asia-Pacific. "Nothing about the success of PokerStars Macau is based on luck or magic."

"SJM and the entire Grand Lisboa hotel and casino team has been a first class organization and our time here will always have a special place in our hearts."

"No doubt a special thanks goes to Grand Lisboa executives Michael Au, Alastair Dick, and poker room manager Brad Marshall. They are the champions and visionaries for poker when the game was in its infancy in Macau. Without them, the poker tournaments wouldn't and couldn't have broken records on a regular basis like it has the last 3 years we've been here. This marvellous week was yet another testament of their support right until the very end. "

McDonagh added. "We'll have further announcements about the future of PokerStars Macau coming soon."

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