30 July 2009 (Manila, Philippines) – Players are being given one last chance to win their seat into next month’s annual Asian Poker Tour (APT) Macau Festival, Asia’s original poker tour, through a final series of online satellites taking place at PartyPoker and the iPoker Network.

Last year’s six-day event has now been transformed into a record breaking twelve-day extravaganza creating Asia’s first festival of poker. The Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will run from August 12–23, 2009 at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino with a buy-in set at HKD$34,400. It will feature the largest range of side events ever seen in Asia with high-limit games and sit-and-go tables running throughout the twelve days.

The Asian Poker Tour Macau will also be the backdrop to the filming of the first Chinese language poker film, ‘Poker King,’ starring A-list Chinese actors, actresses and pop stars. With such a high profile film being made, many believe it could have the same impact on the Asian region as 1998 Hollywood movie Rounders did on aspiring poker players in the western world.

Chris Parker, CEO of the Asian Poker Tour said: “Next month’s APT Macau Festival will be bigger and better with twelve days of non-stop poker action and fun. The APT Macau Festival will feature a side event schedule never seen in Asia before including several new formats that will stir the curiosity of poker enthusiasts at all levels. For those that have not yet reserved their seat to what is sure to be a very memorable event, this weekend marks the last chance for players to qualify through PartyPoker and the iPoker Network.  Make sure you don’t miss out on your APT Macau experience and the chance to win some life-changing prizes.”

In 2008, the event attracted some of the most famous names in the game including Doyle Brunson, Jack Binion, Johnny Chan, John Juanda, Huck Seed, Liz Lieu, Todd Brunson, Kenny Tran and Poker Pack members Nam Le, Quinn Do, JC Tran, Steve Sung, David ‘Chino’ Rheem and Kwang Soo Lee. The 2008 APT Macau 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. Full details can be found at http://www.asianpt.com

For more information, please contact:
Melissa Ross
Lyceum Media
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