'Poker King' Could Start New Poker Boom In Asia Says Johnny Chan

Filming of the new poker movie, ‘Poker King’, will be taking place on the sidelines of this year’s APT Festival Macau at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino.
Chan had a special cameo role in the hugely popular 1998 film “Rounders”, which starred Matt Damon and Edward Norton, and said:  “I also played myself in the film and to this day it gives me recognition in the mainstream outside of poker circles.” 
Despite the fact ‘Rounders’ is considered the most popular and influential poker film of all time, Johnny Chan believes ‘Poker King’ could surpass even its success. He says:
“..there are over one billion Chinese speaking people in the world and compare this to the US and their 300 million people you can see that this could be huge. Rounders gave poker a new lease of life in the western world – this could kick start a new poker boom in Asia.”
‘Poker King’ is directed by acclaimed Chinese directors Chan Hing-Kai and Janet Chun and the story revolves around two arch poker rivals who compete against each other in a series of tournaments for ultimate poker dominance and glory.
Johnny Chan would surely enjoy landing himself a part in the project that will star such famous Chinese actors as Sean Lau Chin-Wan, Louis Koo, Stephy Tang, Josie Ho, and Cherrie. The signs are looking good already for Chan as Tom Hall, Chief Executive Officer for AsianLogic Limited, owners of the APT has said:
“Players across the region and throughout the world are encouraged to come to the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel And Casino and play at the APT Macau Festival. The movie crew will need lots of extras and even players to take on roles if they choose.”
Doyle Brunson, who attended last year’s tournament famously said of his experience there: “I thought Las Vegas was the gambling capital of the world but I was wrong, it feels like coming home.”

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