Poker taking off in Asia says PokerStars Director

Written On 4/12/12 By staff writer Jennifer Jearu :

Poker taking off in Asia says PokerStars Director
The Pokerstars Macau Millions held at the Casino Grand Lisboa from April 2 – 10 had 1 329 entries for the HKD$2200 buy-in event which created a prize pool of HKD $2 631 420 – far exceeding the HKD $ 1 500 000 guarantee and becoming the first venue in Asia to break the 1000-entry mark, said PokerStars.
A day before the final numbers were determined, Danny McDonagh, PokerStars Director of Live Operations for Asia-Pacific said, "I was quietly confident about reaching 1 000 players but with a total field now possibly hitting 1 300, it has exceeded our wildest expectations!"
"This year the popularity of the Macau Millions is so much greater, particularly within the region." continued McDonagh. "Poker is really taking off in Asia. It's a proud moment for our PokerStars Macau team and speaks volumes about Grand Lisboa's well deserved reputation for quality and success."
Heads-up play lasted just one hand between Chinese Taipei's Hung-Sheng "Shaq" Lin (29) and Frenchman Brice Renaud.  Lin emerged the victor taking home the title and HKD $400 000 and Renaud pocketed HKD $300 000.

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