The Macau Poker Cup (MPC), which is one of the biggest poker events around, will be even bigger in 2014 because it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The MPC was inaugurated six years back, and throughout those six years, 19 Red Dragon Main Events have been played. This event is among the most popular poker tournaments in the Asia Pacific and has played a great role in the rise and growth of the game in Macau. In January 2014, the MPC will become even bigger because PokerStars LIVE, the live poker room at City of Dreams, will host its 20th anniversary.
The 20th edition of the MPC will be played from January 10 to January 21 of 2014. It will have 12 Asia Player of the Year poker tournaments, and the grand tournament will be the Red Dragon Main Event. Spread over 12 days, the MPC 2014 will challenge poker players from different parts of the world to win their share of a huge prize pool. The Red Dragon Main Event alone offers a guaranteed prize pool of HK$8 million.
The Red Dragon Main Event of 2014 will have a buy-in of HK$11,000, which means that a minimum of 800 poker players need to buy-in in order to generate the guaranteed prize pool of HK$8 million. The event will be held from January 16 and will have three start day flights.
In April 2013, the Red Dragon Main Event was held at PokerStars LIVE and attracted a field of 891 players. Since the Main Event offers such a huge guaranteed prize, the field is expected to become as large as 1000 players. Since the event will be held in between the Aussie Millions and the PCA, a large number of players are expected to play all the three events.
Celina Lin, a member of Team PokerStars Pro and twice winner of the Red Dragon Main Event, said: “I always knew the MPC would get bigger and the Red Dragon is hugely popular throughout Asia. It’s hard to believe we’re at number twenty already but I have no doubt MPC20 is going to be the biggest ever and I love the opportunity of winning a historic event.”
The MPC 2014 schedule includes a HK$1 million guaranteed HK$6 Baby Dragon event on Jan 11, a HK$1 million guaranteed $20k NLH event on Jan 19, and a HK$50k high roller event on Jan 20, to mention a few.