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Dermot Blain Wins at the APPT Macau Main Event

The PokerStars APPT Macau Summer Festival of Poker came into a conclusion at the Grand Lisboa this weekend with the culmination of both the main event and high-roller poker event. After qualifying through a live satellite at the Grand Lisboa's PokerStars Macau Poker Room, Irish player Dermot Blain grabbed the win in the main event, outwitting a final table that included 2009 World Series Main Event Day 1b chip leader Brandon Demes.

25 year-old Blain, who recently left his job as a sales manager to play poker full time, took home approximately $538,700 for the win on August 30th, 2009, marking the biggest cash prize ever paid out in a poker event on Asian soil. A total of 429 participants from forty-six countries created more than $2 million cash pool for the main event, beating the previous record of $1.6 million set at last year's APPT Macau main event.

The APPT Macau High Roller event also finished on Sunday with Swiss poker player Vladimir Geshkenbein taking home the $266,735. Geshkenbein actually sent home legendary poker pro Johnny Chan in a heads-up match, who managed to surpassed his 7th place finish in the very same poker event last year, finishing in 2nd place for $154,426.

The entire APPT Macau Summer Festival of Poker actually offered thirty-eight events with nearly three thousand players and a total cash pool of $3,596,341.

Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem that it is a fantastic experience to enjoy the hospitality of the people of Macau and see the sport continue to grow. Hachem added that he looks forward to coming to the Grand Lisboa in Macau next year. The next stop of the APPT will be in Auckland, New Zealand from October 14th, 2009-October 18th, 2009.


09/03/2009, Thursday
Matthew Dorst

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