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PokerStars Asian Pacific Poker Tour Macau

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In 2007 the PokerStars.net Asian Pacific Poker Tour Macau made history by being the very first No Limit Hold'em tournament to ever be played in the People's Republic of China. The next year in 2008, another milestone was reached when the event drew the largest field of participants and biggest prizepool ever offered in an Asian poker tournament.

The 2008 final table lasted 12 grueling hours and when all was said and done, it was 22-year old American Eddie Sabat, the youngest player at the table, who ultimately claimed victory in Macau and took home HKD$3,540,04 for his triumph.

For the third year in a row, the Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) made a stop in the Asian gambling capitol of Macau and as in years past, the event was a monumental success. Lifting the bar to a new high, the event made its debut at a new venue, the largest poker room in continental Asia, the PokerStars Macau at the luxurious Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.

There were 429 players from around the globe who landed in Macau, all with the same goal in mind; to take home some of the HKD $16,130,400 (over $2 Million USD) record setting prizepool. The task wouldn’t be easy however, which was evident by the packed poker room where players from around the world mixed and mingled with the competitive locals inside Macau’s most prestigious casino.

After four days and over 30 hours of a hard fought heavy battle on the felt, it was 25-year-old Irishman Dermot Blain who bested the rest to be the last man seated. Acquiring his winning seat in a live satellite at PokerStars Macau, the soft spoken Dubliner mixed his skill with perfectly timed aggression to knock out his opponents and command an impressive 8:1 chip lead going into the heads-up match.

On hand to support and promote the APPT Macau event were Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Raymond Rahme, who along with numerous WSOP champs like two time WSOP Main Event winner Johnny Chan, all gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to PokerStars and the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino for hosting such a fabulous event.

Proving that Macau is fast becoming the Las Vegas of the Far East, PokerStars Macau is also scheduled to host two more major events before the end of the year. The Macau Poker Cup will be held on October 19th-25th and on December 12th-20th  the HKD $20,000 buy-in Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of HKD $2 million will be featured.

With the APPT Seoul being postponed due to construction at the scheduled venue, the Seven Luck Casino, the next stop on the tour will be the APPT Auckland event at the SKYCITY Festival of Poker on October 14th through October 18th.

If you want to be a part of the APPT and vacation in beautiful New Zealand, PokerStars is running satellite qualifiers up until September 15th where just $7.50 or 750 FPPs (player points) can get you a fabulous prize package to the APPT Auckland! Just go to the PokerStars lobby, click “Events” then “APPT” and you’re ready to register for the satellite of your choice and win your way to the next APPT!

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