Charity Poker Event at Starworld Macau: Doyle Brunson Book Signing,

Charity Poker Event at Starworld Macau: Doyle Brunson Book Signing, Opening of APT Poker Room

Macau, China – 25th August 2008 — Ahead of the $1.5 million GUARANTEED APT Macau, that runs from the 27th – 31st August, the glamorous Galaxy StarWorld Casino Resort and Hotel will be bustling with the arrival of the world’s greatest poker players. However, Tuesday 26th August is also a hectic day as the APT officially hits town!

At 3.30pm on Tuesday 26th August, the APT Poker Room on Level 2 will be opened. This is followed at 4.30pm by book signings in the lobby by US poker legend Doyle Brunson, the ‘Godfather of Poker,’ who has won 10 WSOP® bracelets and is the most revered poker strategy writer in the world. Doyle will be on hand to meet fans until 6pm. At 7pm a special charity Celebrity Poker Challenge will be hosted by leading poker tournament director Matt Savage. Proceeds go to Caritas De Macau, the social service organization of Macau. The goal of Caritas de Macau is to provide services to the individuals, families, communities and societies, to help them to live in the society in a more humane condition economically, morally and spiritually.

Flying in from Manila to play in the tournament is Manny Pacquiao, universally seen as the best pound for pound boxer in the world and the first Asian boxer to win four world titles in different divisions. The charity game will also feature movie actor Michael Wong, singer Renee Dai, commentator Angie Mak and models Natalie Ng, Erica Yuen, Janice Man, Cha Cha and Wylien Chiu. Also in attendance will be Miss Hong Kong winner Tracy Ip and cult glamour model Tila Tequila. Poker legend Doyle Brunson is also due to participate.

Chris Parker, CEO of the Asian Poker Tour – “We are delighted to bring the APT to Macau and really excited about offering Asia’s largest ever guaranteed prize pool. The charity poker challenge will be good fun, and, most importantly, it is an aid of a brilliant charity in Caritas De Macau.”

“I’m looking forward to Manny Pacquiao going head-to-head with Doyle Brunson. Manny never goes down but will we see the flyweight king get knocked out by the heavyweight poker legend? That said, perhaps both will get distracted by all the models at the table!”

Following the Celebrity Poker Challenge there is an exclusive after party at StarWorld’s famous Whisky Bar.

The APT Macau is a USD $5300 ($5000+$300) tournament and there are two day ones on the 27th and 28th August so there is still time to sign up and play. Amongst the players expected to take part include the Chinese born Johnny Chan, a 10 time WSOP® bracelet holder and the inspiration for Matt Damon and Edward Norton’s characters in the 1998 Hollywood movie ‘Rounders.’ Joining him are top pros Todd Brunson, J.C Tran, Kenny Tran, John Juanda, Liz Lieu, Nam Le, Quinn Do, Steve Sung, Mel Judah, Huck Seed and APT Manila champion David Saab. Vietnamese players are expected to be a dominating force. The event organizers have extended an open invitation to Olympic megastar and poker nut Michael Phelps to take part for free. On Friday, there will be an exclusive HK$1million buy-in high stakes cash game featuring the world’s best players.

Doyle Brunson will also be signing books between 4.30pm and 6pm on the 27th August.

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