After recently announcing that PokerStars LIVE was heading to Macau's City of Dreams, the room opened up Friday and did so with a bang.
The famed Macau Poker Cup kicked off the festivities in the new room and attracted 300-plus player fields for the first two events. In the first event, Pipi Huang defeated a field of 334 players to earn the HK$131,000 (approx. $16,900) first-place prize. This field set the side-event record in Asia for players in a single day.
In the second event, 310 players came out to action following two Day 1 flights of play. With numbers this strong already early in the series, things are shaping up nicely for the HK$11,000 (approx. $1,500) Red Dragon Main Event, which will alone boast a huge HK$5,000,000 (approx. $650,000) guarantee.
The Main Event is scheduled for April 24-28, and hopes are set high.
"We're ecstatic about our start, but no doubt the record we want to break is 635 unique players for the Red Dragon," said Robin Lim, PokerStars senior events manager.
Stay tuned to PokerNews for updates on happenings at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams, but you can also check out PokerStarsMacau.com for more information.