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Asian Poker Tour Macau To Star As Backdrop For
New Chinese Poker Film
Chinese language film, working title ‘Poker
King’, to focus on Poker
20, 2009 (Manila, Philippines) AsianLogic, owners
of the Asian Poker Tour, are delighted to announce
a historic first for poker in Asia. The hotly
anticipated Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival, taking
place 12-23 August 2009 at the Galaxy Starworld,
will be featured in a ground-breaking Chinese
language poker movie. Many believe the film will
have a similar impact on poker in Asia as the
1998 Hollywood film Rounders did in the western
movie is provisionally titled ‘Poker King’
and will be directed by famous Chinese language
director Chan Hing-Kai and Janet Chun and, produced
by Amy Chin and Chan Hing-Kai. It tells the story
of two bitter poker rivals competing for world
championship glory. The cast will be all-star,
A list Chinese actors and pop stars with a cinema
release across the region set for later this year.
Actors with the coveted starring roles include
Louis Koo, Sean Lau Ching –Wan, Stephy Tang,
Cherrie In and Josie Ho.
have been several famous gaming films in the region,
most notably the 1989 Chinese language classic
‘God of Gambler’s’ starring
Chow-Yun-Fat which spawned dozens of spin-offs
– but ‘Poker King’ is set to
be the first release that focuses on poker.
Hall, CEO of Asian Logic, owners of the Asian
Poker Tour said: “This is a very exciting
project and is sure to provoke even more excitement
about The Asian Poker Macau Festival in August.
Players across the region and throughout the world
are encouraged to come to the Starworld and play
at the Asian Poker Tour Macau – the movie
crew will be needing lots of extras and even players
to take on roles if they choose! Rounders, starring
Matt Damon and Edward Norton, is always highlighted
as a key catalyst for the growth of poker in the
western world. ‘Poker King’ has the
promise to deliver this and potentially much more.
Gross revenue from poker in Macau is estimated
to have risen by 400% in 2008 alone and continues
to rise and with this blockbuster movie the game
could become even more popular in a land where
baccarat is king. Think of how many people have
seen Rounders and at least quadruple it and you
can only speculate at the kind of impact ‘Poker
King’ could have on the game. We’re
delighted to be involved.”
Asian Poker Tour Macau is a hotbed for the world’s
top poker professionals and negotiations are ongoing
about giving the Tour’s sponsored ambassadors
‘The Poker Pack’ significant roles
in the film. The Pack includes recent World Series
of Poker bracelet winners JC Tran and Steve Sung,
as well as Quinn Do, Nam Le, David ‘Chino’
Rheem and Kwang Soo Lee. Together, they are amongst
the most feared players on the world circuit.
Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will run from
August 12–23, 2009 at the Galaxy StarWorld
Hotel and Casino in Macau. Last year, the event
attracted some of the most famous names in the
game. Poker legend Doyle Brunson was one of those
that attended and said: “I thought Las Vegas
was the gambling capital of the world but I was
wrong, it feels like coming home.” The 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. Timoshenko has
gone on to become one of the hottest talents in
the game after taking down the WPT Championship
earlier this year.
year’s Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will
be bigger and better with 12 days of non-stop
poker action and fun. The buy-in is set at US$4,300
(US$4000+$300). Aside from the Main Event, the
Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival will feature the
largest range of side events ever seen in Asia
- guaranteed to make the poker fest even more
exciting and appealing to players at all levels.
Organizers and tournament director Matt Savage
promise a lengthy and varied side event schedule
that will appeal to all tastes, details of which
will be confirmed in the near future. High-limit
games and sit-n-go tables will run throughout
the duration of the festival.
last Asian Poker Tour event was held in the Philippines
in January 2009 and was won by Manila rounder
Neil Arce, who scooped US$185,000 for first prize
after overcoming a field of 262 players from over
40 countries. The runner-up was the Republic of
Korea’s Steve Yea, who repeated his second
place in the Asian Poker Tour Macau 2008.
2008, online qualifiers are also expected to flock
to the StarWorld as the Asian Poker Tour continues
to gain support from leading online poker networks
hosting satellites to the Main Event. The Asian
Poker Tour is supported by the iPoker Network,
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is a leading online and land-based gaming company
focusing on the Asia-Pacific markets. AsianLogic
owns and operates eight online casino brands and
two online poker rooms as well as land-based sportsbook
operations through its MegaSportsWorld brand.
It is a specialist in Asia-specific games such
as Mahjong, Cho-Da-Di, Do-Di-Zhu and 13 Card Poker.
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Tour. The Company also maintains a corporate advisory
team specialising in the gaming sector which is
an active investor in gaming-related businesses
as well as providing consultancy and analytical
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2002, AsianLogic employs over 300 employees, the
majority of whom are based in the Philippines.
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