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PokerStars opens Land Based Poker Room in Macau

by Poker Team

Internet poker room,, has announced an opening of their very first land based poker room at the The Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Macau. The poker room is aimed at providing an excellent mix of cash games and tournaments for players from Hong Kong, China, Macau, and of course tourists from all around the world.

When does it open?

The PokerStars land based poker room at the Grand Waldo opens this Friday, May 23rd at 4pm, and will offer a charity tournament that will help raise money for the victims of the recent earthquakes in China. The tournament is called the China Earthquake Relief No-Limit Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament and is part of the weekend long Macau Poker Cup.

Poker players will be competing for $150,000 HKD in prizes including a $1,000 buy-in Deepstack event, and the Red Dragon $10,000 buy-in event. Many of the tournaments held during the weekend are satellites into the Asian Poker Tour that is taking place this summer. Land Based Poker Room features

PokerStars Macau will offer the usual like multi-table poker tournaments, sit-n-go’s, and regular cash games. They are also going to be running frequent satellites to the Asian Poker Tour as well as a number of European Poker Tour and Latin America Poker Tour events. And just as the online poker rooms does, the land based poker room will be offering a weekly freeroll every Thursday night at 8:10pm, so users can try their hand at poker without spending a dime.

The land based operation is also allowing players to earn Poker Stars FPP (frequent player points) for use at their online poker room. Additionally, online poker players at can qualify for events at the PokerStars Macau poker room directly online by winning satellites.

PokerStars Online and On-Land

The addition of a new land based poker room by one of the leading online poker rooms in the world holds some interesting implications for the gambling world as a whole. Will we see more of this from other land based or online based operations? I think so.

The US based casinos have wanted to get in the online game for quite a while but due to an uncertain legal situation in the US, many are waiting until definitive legislation is enacted so land based operations can open their online version. With PokerStars opening a land based poker room in Macau, we will get to see first hand how brands that manage both online and land based poker rooms will fair in the world economy. This should be an interesting experiment and one that will set a precedent for others wishing to do the same. What poker room is next? Only time will tell.

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