Gambling is deeply rooted in Asian culture (especially in China and Vietnam). Slot machines and table games have long been very popular there, and now poker has made its way into the hearts and wallets of Asians. When you consider that playing cards were invented a long time ago in China of all places, one might wonder why poker took so long to become popular.
In the Far East you had to be patient because the poker boom only really began with the appearance of online casinos, which can now be reached from pretty much every corner of the world – including Asia. In addition, some Asian immigrants started highly successful poker careers in America, which began to get around in Asia as well. Some have staggering profits, have contracts with well-known poker rooms, and are in the media all the time. Some of the most famous poker players, who earned millions of dollars and took the hearts of poker fans by storm, include Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, John Juanda, and Johnny Chan.
Poker in Macau
Macau is a special place for gamblers. It is often referred to as the Asian Las Vegas. The first poker room in Macau opened in 2007. There are now five. To play poker in Macau, you should definitely be rich and have nerves of steel as the stakes are really high here.
Wynn Macau Poker Casino
Wynn should be familiar to anyone who has been to Las Vegas before. The Macau counterpart was built thanks to the rising popularity of poker. Unlike the other poker casinos in Macau, which primarily play Texas Hold’em, you can also play No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha here. You could also meet professional poker players from all over the world at Wynn Macau at any time.
Grand Lisboa Poker Casino
The Grand Lisboa can be described as the headquarters of PokerStars in Macau. This is the largest poker casino in all of Asia. Aside from regular cash games, tournaments are also held here at regular intervals.
The only variant of poker allowed here is Texas Hold’em, which is played on each of the 33 tables. The main events of the Asia Poker Tour are held in this casino, so you have a very good chance of meeting a poker icon.
Hard Rock (City of Dreams) Poker Casino
The Hard Rock Hotel attracts poker enthusiasts with its exclusive casino built in the famous “City of Dreams”.
Players can take a seat at one of a total of 7 No-Limit Texas Hold’em tables, 2 of which are reserved exclusively for VIPs – and this is where the most exciting games usually take place.
Venetian Macau Poker Casino
Opinions about this casino are varied. Only a handful of Texas Hold’em tables (with 10/25 HKD limits) allow the viewer to take part in the action up close.
The players in this poker room are mostly passive and thoughtless. Of course, this is a hit for someone on the prowl.
StarWorld Poker Casino
The casino is home to 11 poker tables where you can play both limit, and no limit Hold’em. Tournaments are also held here at regular intervals, although the relatively high limits mean that professional players are often encountered here.
Macau Poker Cup
The Macau Poker Cup is one of the most important tournaments in the region alongside the Asia Poker Tour. The first MPC tournaments were held in 2008. The most important event of the cup is, without a doubt, the Red Dragon event. Almost anyone can participate, provided they can afford the HKD 11,000 buy-in (about $ 1,500). It definitely pays off – in 2011, the guaranteed prize pool was HKD 3,000,000 (approximately $ 400,000). Apart from that, you can, of course, also meet a lot of poker professionals here.
Asia Poker Tour
One of the largest and most prestigious Asian tournaments is the
Asia Poker Tour (APT), which was held in Singapore for the first time in 2008. There are tens of thousands of dollars to be won here, which continues to attract professional players. Most of the events are held in Manila and Las Vegas, Macau, Asia.
Asian poker stars
Scotty was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the United States in 1974 at the age of 14. Shortly after his arrival, he was kicked out of his new school for preferring to spend his time playing poker than going to school. Incidentally, his professional poker career began with a job as a dealer.
Nickname: “The Prince of Poker”
Total profit: $ 10,935,692
WSOP bracelets: 5
Hobbies: family, pets (monkeys!), Fishing, bringing up children (currently 7)
Interesting facts: As a child, he left his homeland on his own. In total, he has 13 brothers and sisters.
In 1967, Men left school at the age of 13 to support his family financially and became a bus driver. Ten years later he was able to flee Vietnam together with 87 other people and settled in the United States. Men is highly committed to young poker players and supports Vietnamese aid associations.
Nickname: “The Master”
Total profit: $ 8,740,034
WSOP bracelets: 7
Year of birth: 1954
Hobbies: Spending time with family, teaching poker, charitable activities
Worth knowing: He financed the construction of 2 schools in his home country Vietnam. In 2006 he bought and then distributed 14,000 kg of rice to socially disadvantaged Vietnamese families.
John was born in Indonesia and came to the United States in 1990 to study at the University of Oklahoma. Before he became famous for his extraordinary talent for poker, he was selling Bibles.
Nickname: “Mr. Nice Guy ”
Total profit: $ 12,015,554
WSOP bracelets: 4th
Birthday: July 8th, 1971
Hobbies: literature, films, travelling
Worth knowing: Thanks to his high profits, he was able to finance his sister’s colleague. Should he ever have enough of poker, he would love to work as a doctor.
Where can you play poker in Asia?`
Playing poker in China or Vietnam shouldn’t be a problem in and of itself. However, the largest collection of casinos and poker rooms is in Macau, which is in no way inferior to Las Vegas in terms of glitz and glamour.
If you are interested in a poker game in Asia, never forget to follow the dress code, always have your ID with you and observe the casino rules.