Boasting a guaranteed prize pool of HKD $750,000, the first day of the Poker King Club’s Asian Poker King Tournament kicked off with a bang today at the ballroom of the StarWorld Hotel in Macau.
Despite being the club’s first major tournament, Asian Poker King exceeded expectations as some of Asia’s best players showed up to try and win a piece of the big guaranteed prize pool. A total of 174 runners signed up to play today, boosting the total money over the guarantee to a total of HK $870,000
Scattered throughout the field are some of the Asian poker circuit’s most recognizable players. PokerStars Team Asia Pro is represented as Celina Lin and Bryan Huang are in the crowd. In addition, two-time Asian Poker Tour (APT) runner-up Steve Yea is here looking to get a first place finish this time around.
There are also a large number of Korean players in the field today as Chuck Choi of 7win Poker brought a fifty-strong contingent of players today looking to take down first prize. One of those players is recent Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu Dong-bin Han, who will try to use his aggressive play once again to bully his way to the top of the chip counts.
Tournament director Lloyd Fontillas, who is here from the APT to help run the event, is excited about the big turnout. “Considering this is their first tournament and they already exceeded that big guarantee, it’s definitely a good sign of things to come.”
Assistant tournament director Raymund Gamier echoed his sentiments. “We’ve got some well-known pros like Celina Lin, Bryan Huang, and the recent APPT Cebu winner. This just goes to show that the better players in Asia are already taking this tournament seriously.”
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