The twelve day long Asian Poker Tour (APT) Macau Festival of Poker is halfway over, but there is still plenty of action left with the Main Event just getting underway.  In addition to the $4,400 buy-in Main Event, the festival included a number of side events, parties, charity tournaments and even a little movie magic.
The Macau festival kicked off on August 12th with the first of several preliminary events.  A number of big name players from the US turned out for these early events and some, like Chino Rheem and Tommy Le, found themselves at the events’ final tables.  Rheem defeated Le heads-up to take down Event #4, a No Limit Hold’em event with one rebuy and one add-on.  Rheem is a member of the Poker Pack, a group of poker players who serve as the official ambassadors for the APT at tournaments around the world.  The Poker Pack is comprised of Rheem, Le’s older brother Nam Le, J.C. Tran, Quinn Do, Steve Sung and Kwang Su Lee.
The Poker Pack members faced off against each other in the “Battle of the Nations” event in which teams of three representing 13 different countries squared off with national pride on the line.  Players earned points based on where they finished in the tournament and the team with the most points at the end of the event would be declared the winner.
Rheem’s hot streak continued as he and his Korean teammates, Sung and Brandon Wong, captured the team title, edging out the team from Vietnam which was comprised of not one, not two, but three Le brothers.  Nam, Tommy and their brother Allan all competed for Vietnam and even though Allan and Nam finished 1st and 2nd in the tournament, they could not best the Korean team’s showing as all three of their players made it to the final table.  Several other big names participated in the Battle of the Nations including two-time World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Johnny Chan, Full Tilt Pro Vivek Rajkumar, David Chiu, Theo Tran and Stewart Scott of Australia.  The event also featured a team from Belarus that was comprised entirely of online qualifiers from PartyPoker.com.
The Poker Pack’s win streak did not end with the team event though.  Quinn Do successfully defended his title in the festival’s charity poker tournament, defeating Cardrunners instructor Corwin Cole heads-up to secure the win.  Nam Le once again had a strong finish, taking third place.  Proceeds from the event went to local charity Caritas Macau.  Known pros and Asian celebrities turned out in full force for the event and participants included Liz Lieu, newly sponsored Ultimate Bet pro Liv Boeree, Tila Tequila, Johnny Chan and the members of the Poker Pack.
Several of the actors involved in a new film called “Poker King” also participated in the charity event.  The poker-themed project has been filming during the festival and will feature a cameo from Chan.  This is not Chan’s first foray into film: he appeared in a small but pivotal role in the 1998 film “Rounders” starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton.
The Main Event of the APT Macau started on Thursday and will play down to a winner on Sunday the 23rd.  Last year’s winner was online poker pro Yevgeniy “atimos” Timoshenko who also won the World Poker Tour Championship event at the Bellagio in April of this year.

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