It may be recalled that the Poker King Club (PKC), which hosts the famous Macau Big Game, had shifted to The Venetian Macau from StarWorld Casino. The move was necessary as the poker room was being renovated.
On May 22, PKC launched its newly renovated room and invited more than 100 prominent guests from all over the world for the same. Among these guests were professional poker players Johnny Chan, Tom Dwan, and Phil Ivey, along with prominent personalities such as Y. M. Choong, the president (marketing strategy) of Suncity Group; Winfred Yu, the president of PKC; Ciaran Carruthers, the director and senior vice president of Venetian and Plaza Operations of Sands China Limited; and Harold Tsakmaklis, the vice president (casino operations) of Venetian Macau Limited.
In his opening address, Yu said: “The Venetian Macau is no doubt one of the most prestigious integrated resorts in Macau. This move allows us to take advantage of its upscale entertainment, dining, shopping and hotel options, as we continue to deliver the best in player experience. We are never satisfied with status quo and I am confident that Poker King Club will become every player’s venue of choice.”
Yu, who has won $1,347,238 playing live poker tournaments, is happy to promote the Macau Big Game. Speaking to PokerNews.com at the end of the poker room’s deal with Galaxy Group, he said that the termination of the contract enabled the poker room to move ahead with The Venetian’s support. He stated that The Venetian understands poker better as it is a casino business based in Las Vegas, adding that the casino is ready to support several events the poker room plans to organize in the near future.
The new room for non smokers is now based in the Venetian Macau’s Phoenix Hall and players can enjoy facilities such as comfortable seating, USB chargers, food and beverages served round the clock, multiple TV sets, and table-side dining.
PKC held a charity poker tournament as part of its launch ceremony and the funds were diverted to Caritas Macau. Among those who took part in this event were Phil Ivey, Yu, Stanley Choi, Raymond Chow, Takeda Tsuneaki, and Yong Wai Kin. A prize pool as large as MOP300,000 was generated at the event, and every bit of it was donated to Lar De Nossa Senhora Da Penha.
It was Chan who won the charity poker tournament after beating Phil Ivey in the heads-up game.