The poker industry in Philippines is about to explode! The Red Dragon Poker lands on Philippine shores breathing fire into the poker scene to boost players into action. Located at the 3rd floor of Casino Filipino Malate, the Red Dragon Poker Room will have 16 live gaming action tables offering exciting promos and non-stop cash game action at any limit that players want to play. It will predominantly offer the standard limits of Php10-Php20 blinds up to Php1000-Php2000 blinds, shockingly, with the lowest rake schedule in the local industry.
They will also be introducing world-class technology never used in the country. To play their live games, players will be using a state-of-the-art software application called Poker Atlas that will facilitate convenience in registering for cash games and live tournaments.
Red Dragon Co-Director of Poker Operations Mike Ward said, “One of the largest innovations we’re bringing in is the Poker Atlas app also called the Table Captain. This is integrated with our poker room, so instead of calling in and waiting for someone to pick up, you just have to open the app on your phone, see all the active live games and tournaments and check how many people are listed. You will be able to add your name, so while you’re traveling, the line will get shorter and as you arrive all you have to do is sit down and enjoy your game.”
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Apart from providing ease of registration, the Poker Atlas app will also be able to track a player’s game time which will earn him Dragon points that can be exchanged for premium goods. “We’re building a program where points accumulated can buy food, beverages, tournament tickets and a lot of different things,” Mike Ward said.
Red Dragon Poker’s plans don’t end with the magnificent poker room. They plan to create The Red Dragon Poker Tour that will start in Manila with 5 or more grand events then travel throughout Asia culminating in the exhilarating Red Dragon Championship which will see an impressive US$5,000-US$10,000 buy-in event.
“Being located inside Casino Filipino Malate, we can accommodate a 100 table event for our Red Dragon Championship. But with this much space, we welcome other brands to come to Manila and hold their events in our venue as well. Our goal is to be the poker destination in Asia.”
The powerhouse pushing this vision is Mike Ward, former Pokerstars Global Head of Live Events, who has been in the industry since 1992 and who is known for running some of the largest events in the world, like the US$25,000 Pokerstars Championship Event in the Bahamas. He is supported by industry experts Senior Live Events manager Christine Sou who boasts 5 years of expertise in the industry.
Christine Sou has organized and marketed prestigious events like the Macau Poker Cup (MPC), Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), and Pokerstars championship to ensure the highest customer experience. Making sure the room is one of the best in the world is Red Dragon Poker Room Manager Juan de Jesus who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry running 100 table events, like the WPT and the WSOP at the Foxwoods Resorts Casino. He will bring a Las Vegas style poker room to Manila where the deal is fast and accurate and customer service is par excellence.
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The combined experience and expertise of the team will surely bring Asian poker to mythical proportions. A few months after the Grand Opening, Red Dragon Poker will also be introducing a state-of-the-art online poker gaming platform geographically restricted to the Philippines providing a complete poker experience to all players. Players will be able to top up their online apps via Red Dragon establishments around the country.
“In line with this, we will be opening poker rooms throughout the country to allow all poker enthusiasts nationwide to be able to enjoy exceptional live and online poker experiences,” stated Mike Ward. This platform will be open to all nationalities based in the Philippines.
“What we’re building is the true poker experience. Throughout my career, I’ve always kept it light and fun. And although poker does have the pure skill angle, there are a lot of players out there that play poker just to have fun. The money part is just the extra. And all our promos and offerings will keep it exciting where they will never know what’s happening on the next bend. The way I see it, whether you’re a recreational player or a pro, high end player or low end player, we’re just simply about providing the very best poker experience for poker enthusiasts. For us customer experience is paramount.”
And there you have it. The Red Dragon has arrived to shake things up and it is up to the players to get a piece of his wondrous hoard. See you at the Red Dragon Poker Room and let the fun begin. Red Dragon Poker Room will be opening soon. It’s located at the 3rd Floor/ Casino Filipino Malate 1558 Mabini St Malate, Manila, Philippines, and will be open daily from 4 PM to 9 AM. You can visit their website at www.playreddragon.com. Visit their facebook page at facebook.com/playreddragon/ for details on how to get a FREE Red Dragon Poker Face Mask.
With a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication, Mrinal Gujare currently is cruising through an exciting genre of writing and editing at Gutshot Magazine. Apart from being an Editor, Mrinal is an avid reader and a former contemporary dancer. She is also perennially hungry for intriguing scoops from across the globe. No holds barred is the rule Mrinal follows in life.
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