Upon the finalization of an agreement between the PokerDome Group and the management and owners of the Diamond Casino, the announcement was made of their intent to open and operate the first cash poker room, open to the public, at the Diamond Casino in the Holiday Inn in Macau in November, 2007.
The PokerDome Group is a Sydney, Australia based company that operates five poker rooms throughout Sydney and New South Wales, along with a new poker venue in the suburb of Hurstville, in addition to the Macau location. PokerDome also runs the Oz Poker Tour, a pub and club poker league that operates in various locations throughout Australia. No Limit Energy Drink is another of their products, and Southern Cross Poker is perhaps their best known online brand name.
The first cash poker room in the People’s Republic of China was expected to open with eight tables but increase to 25 or 30 tables as soon as another floor of the casino is renovated and operational. Upon the expansion of the poker room, a range of games will be offered to include no-limit and pot-limit hold’em, seven-card stud, seven-card stud hi-lo, Omaha, Omaha hi-lo, and other games that will be announced upon government approval.
Macau is currently positioning itself to be one of the premier gaming destinations in the world and many of the biggest names in casinos are in some stage of construction of massive gaming facilities. The high-end facilities are being marketed to the entire gaming community but especially to high-stakes gamblers.
Chris Levick, PokerDome Group chief executive officer, said, “Macau currently has the greatest buzz of any gaming destination on the planet. It’s unbelievable. We are thrilled to make this announcement… We also have some very big plans for one of the largest international tournaments ever held to introduce the poker world to Macau.”
Great credit was given to Australian poker pro and WSOP bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro, who is said to be a shareholder of the PokerDome Group. The plan is for him to be on-hand at the poker room several months each year to oversee operations, work with high-stakes players and VIPs, and participate in the global public relations project. “We couldn’t have achieved what we have without the help and support of Jeff Lisandro,” claimed Levick. “He has played a key role in delivering this into Macau; it was really his vision and contacts that led to this happening.”
The November 20th opening of the poker room is greatly anticipated among Macau visitors, though it is probable that the addition of more tables and games will be in high demand. An announcement about the exact completion date of the expansion of the poker room is expected in the coming months.