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PokerStars LIVE Macau has announced the official schedule for the 27th installment of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC27) which takes place from August 25 to September 10.

MPC27 will once again feature the legendary HK$15,000 Red Dragon Main Event which comes with a HK$10 million prize pool guarantee. The 17-day schedule includes 29 Official Asia Player of the Year events.

Red Dragon trophy - MPC26.jpg

Last February, the Red Dragon surpassed its own record as Asia Pacific’s largest freezeout with 1,216 players and nearly HK$16 million in prize money. Alan Lau, the 2015 Asia Player of the Year, defeated the record breaking field to hoist the iconic trophy – earning him a HK$3,265,000 (~USD $420,000) payday.

Overall, the previous MPC tournaments totalled 5,527 participants and awarded over HK$58 million (USD $7.5 million).

“This is clearly the golden era of the Macau Poker Cup.” said Mark Blake, PokerStars Head of Live Events in the Asia Pacific. “The MPC has a huge, and growing, following and that’s translated into five consecutive records for both overall prize money and players. I fully expect that upwards trend to continue.”


The opening weekend launches with the HK$2,000 Kickoff (300K GTD) and HK$10,000 NLH (800K GTD) events.

Meanwhile, the second weekend is highlighted by the surging HK$8,000 Baby Dragon (2M GTD). Prior to 2016, the Baby Dragon event had never cracked the 400-player mark. However, that appears to be well in the past with the last iteration drawing 602 players and HK$4.2 million in prize money.

The HK$100,000 Single Day High Roller and HK$80,000 High Roller will now introduce a 30-second shot clock. The previous MPC saw the two high stakes events combine for 211 runners and gave more than HK$17.2 million in prize money.

The HK$25,000 NLH event has seen its prize pool guarantee jump from HK$1 million to HK$3 million.

(all figures in HKD)

▪ Aug 25 @ 2.00 PM: $3,000 Kickoff (300K GTD, Unlimited Re-Entries) – Day 1a
▪ Aug 25 @ 7.00 PM: $3,000 Kickoff (300K GTD, Unlimited Re-Entries) – Day 1b
▪ Aug 26 @ 5.00 PM: $10,000 NLH (800K GTD)
▪ Aug 31 @ 7.00 PM: $5,000 Megastack (500K GTD)
▪ Sep 1 @ 6.00 PM: $8,000 Baby Dragon (2M GTD)
▪ Sep 2 @ 4.00 PM: $50,000 NLH
▪ Sep 3 @ 2.00 PM: $15,000 RED DRAGON (10M GTD) – Day 1a
▪ Sep 4 @ 1.00 PM: $100,000 Single Day High Roller (Shot Clock, Single Re-Entry)
▪ Sep 4 @ 2.00 PM: $15,000 RED DRAGON (10M GTD) – Day 1b
▪ Sep 5 @ 7.00 PM: $15,000 RED DRAGON (10M GTD) – Day 1c
▪ Sep 7 @ 7.00 PM: $25,000 NLH (3M GTD)
▪ Sep 8 @ 7.30 PM: $80,000 High Roller (Shot Clock, Unlimited Re-Entries)

For the complete MPC27 schedule please visit

*All PokerStars LIVE Macau events are subject to regulatory approval.

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Manila Megastack 7 (May 29-June 4) kicks off on Monday at PokerStars LIVE Manila and it’s time to take a look at what’s arguably the fastest growing poker series in Asia.

The seven-day schedule features a ₱30,000 Main Event which comes with an ₱8 million prize pool guarantee.

The Main Event’s inaugural run in January 2015 had a modest 61 runners and ₱1.3 million prize pool. Those figures have swollen to 646 entrants and ₱14.1 million (283k USD) when Siong Boon Heng, the reigning champion, won the Main Event last December. In fact, Heng’s top prize of ₱2,771,000 was more than twice as much as the original Manila Megastack’s entire prize pool!

Manila Megastack  6 winner Siong Boon Heng.jpgSiong Boon Heng

There’s also a new twist to the Main Event this season where the two champions will also win a package to the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (October 13-29) which includes entry to the HK$11,000 (~₱70,000) Megastack Championship. event plus hotel accommodations.


Besides the Main Event, there are 18 other Official Asia Player of Year events on hand.

The series launches with the ₱10,000 Kick-off (₱2 million guarantee) on May 29 and has three starting flights taking place at 12pm, 4pm, and 8pm. Last time, the two-day event had 489 runners and is poised to crack 500-mark this time around.

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For the complete Manila Megastack 7 schedule please visit

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