The Chinese New Year celebrations are complete and the Year of the Dragon appropriately launches the 2012 Asia Player of the Year race with the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon series which takes place from February 18-26 hosted by PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa.
The 15th installment of Asia's premiere poker series once again features the legendary HKD $11,000 buy-in Red Dragon main event which comes with a HKD $3,000,000 guarantee. In total, 9 Official Asia Player of the Year events will take place ranging from buy-ins of HKD $1,000 to $30,000.
The last MPC had a total of 1,652 players and awarded HKD $9,553,323 (USD $1,225,000) in prize money -- which are both records for MPC: Red Dragon -- over the 9-day poker festival.
Last August, Patrick Lee became the first player from Singapore to take home the coveted Red Dragon trophy after beating the 478-player field on his way to collecting the HKD $1,039,700 (USD $134,155) grand prize. The prize pool was a guarantee-smashing HKD $4,780,000 (USD $612,800) and Lee is expected to return in February to defend his title.
"The Red Dragon event went from 300 players in 2010 to an average of 478 players in 2011." said Fred Leung, PokerStars Country Manager for Macau. "February has traditionally been the largest MPC series each year and everything indicates that trend will continue."
For more information, visit PokerStars Macau.