Usually winning the World Series of Poker Main Event is a ticket to fame and further riches. Since Chris Moneymaker won the big one the champion has become an overnight star – Raymer, Hachem and Gold have all become major players on the World stage. But by contrast, our reigning champion Jerry Yang is conspicuous by his absence in the poker scene.
Normally by this point, our champion has already announced a sponsorship deal, been invited to poker invitational tournaments, the odd charity event and done at least one interview with every major publication. Yang, who was such a colourful character at the final table, has seemingly done none of that, and has not been spotted at the felt since he lifted the gold.
But that looks set to change, as Yang has confirmed his attendance at the upcoming Pokerstars APPT event in Macau, China. Yang will join over 200 online qualifiers at the first ever poker tournament to be held in the People's Republic of China. It's not known yet whether Yang will be a full time player for Pokerstars but he is sponsored by them for this event.
The event starts on November 22nd and more than 179 players from all corners of the globe have already qualified on Pokerstars. Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen and Joe Hachem are also confirmed for this groundbreaking event, which demonstrates how quickly the Asian market is growing since online poker networks concentrated their efforts further afield than America and Europe.
As usual, for all the exclusive coverage from the event, you can join us next week for our live updates from the APPT Macau.