The new year rolls around and with it brings more poker tournaments, in fact from all across the world. January in the poker calendar is quite a packed month. From the India Poker Championship closer to home to the upcoming Aussie Millions and of course the just concluded PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. And in between all of these, Asia too has its own high profile tournament, the Macau Poker Cup, a nine day long series which culminates with the HK$ 11,000 Main Event called the Red Dragon, carrying a guarantee of HK 3 million.
PokerStars Macau launched the 17th edition of the MPC: Red Dragon series from 11-20 January. The schedule kicked off with the HK $5,500 NLH side event where Hong Kong's Charles Wong took first place prize of KH$ 246,800 (INR 17.40 lacs) after defeating the 212-player field. As a result of his win, Wong took the early lead in the 2013 Asia Player of the Year race. In total, 25 players cashed for a piece of the HKD $1,028,200 prize pool amongst which was Mumbai’s Amit Varma who squeaked past the money bubble to score HK $10,300 (INR 72,500 approx) for his 23rd place finish.
Joining Varma a few days later were other familiar names from the Indian poker circuit including Apoorva Goel, Jasven Saigal, Akash Malik, Sameer Rattonsey and Bobbe Suri. All of these players entered last night's Event 4: $3,000 NLH Turbo but none of them were able to make a go of it, the best finish coming from Rattonsey who finished in 29th place, well short of the 19 players out of 158 runners who would eventually make the money.
We will keep bringing you updates as and when we get them from Macau.