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Brief look back at Poker Dream as the brand opens 2024 in Malaysia – January 25 to February 5 at Genting Highlands

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Towards the end of the month, another esteemed brand will dazzle players in Asia as Poker Dream heads back to Malaysia for its first event of the new year. Running from January 25 to February 5, 2024 at Genting Highlands, the twelve-day festival boasts RM 4,500,000 (~USD 966,800) in guarantees highlighted by the Main Event – RM 2,000,000 (~USD 429,700) prize pool. 

To date, Poker Dream  is the only brand delivering live events in Malaysia. The upcoming festival marks its fourth visit to the country since 2022. A total of 28 trophies are up for grabs. Event buy ins range from RM 700 (~USD 150) to RM 25,000 (~USD 5,365).

Poker Dream – Player Guide

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For those unfamiliar with Poker Dream, it was created by esteemed poker player and businessman Winfred Yu. The brand launched in 2022 at Genting Highlands, Malaysia. The inaugural event united players of various levels, from budget-conscious recreational players to renowned Super High Rollers commonly seen at Triton events. The word quickly spread and by the end of the first year, the brand’s Hoi An, Vietnam festival paid out over USD 3.8 Million, the richest of all the brands touring the Asian circuit.

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Following a hot first season, Poker Dream returned in 2023 with more innovative ways to make the game even more accessible to all types of players and wallets. Setting the brand apart was its inclusive approach to buy-ins. While most brands offer a range of buy-ins, Poker Dream took it a step further by implementing diverse prices and formats across numerous phased tournaments. This innovative concept has now become a defining feature of the brand, offering players a plethora of options to qualify for the next round.

In addition, the brand came out with the coolest merchandise: caps, jackets, hoodies, t-shirts joggers, shot clocks, card protectors that sold out at every series.

2023 wrapped up as Poker Dream’s biggest year, expanding from two festivals in 2022 to five festivals, with Manila and Taiwan added to the roster. In total, the brand paid out over USD 13.8 Million.

Festival Festival Prize Pool
# of Tournaments
Poker Dream Malaysia RM 3,653,680 (~$ 845,170) 18
Poker Dream Manila PH₱ 166,468,458 (~US$ 3,002,100) 30
Poker Dream Taiwan NT$ 83,499,075 (~USD 2,723,220) 24
Poker Dream 6 Malaysia RM 16,293,000 (~USD 3,500,000) 22
Poker Dream 7 Vietnam VN₫ 91,837,645,400 (~US$ 3,766,160) 23

Poker Dream Malaysia schedule

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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