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Poker Stars Launches New Live Poker Room in Macau

Grand Lisboa Casino Will Host 22 Poker Tables

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Macau at nightMarch 19 will mark a significant milestone for poker in Macau as PokerStars launches its new live poker room at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. The room, with 22 tournament and cash tables, will be the largest poker room in continental Asia.

“PokerStars is committed to the development of poker across Asia, and this new room will be at its heart,” said Joe Hachem, the winner of the 2005 WSOP main event a member of Team PokerStars Pro. “It’s been extraordinary for me to watch the growth of poker culture in the 18 months since the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour first brought poker to Macau.”

Macau, a region of the People’s Republic of China, has long been a gambling destination for people of Asia, but it has been only recently that poker has seen a spike in popularity in the area.

The PokerStars Asian Pacific Poker Tour launched in August 2007 and made its way to Macau in November of that year for the APPT Asian Poker Open. The $2,500 event attracted 352 players — which was the biggest poker field ever assembled in Asia at the time. The APPT returned to Macau in September 2008 and will hold its third season in Macau this August.

PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa will run cash games around the clock, as well as freeroll tournaments each week to introduce new players to the game. This weekend, the casino will host the Macau Poker Cup — highlighted by a HKD 10,000 buy-in event, as well as a charity tournament.

For more information about the new poker room, check out www.pokerstarsmacau.com.