New poker venue Mike’s Room is located at the 2nd floor of Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
In an attempt to uplift the sport of poker in the country, a new card room has recently opened and welcomed poker enthusiasts to its first major tournament.
Mike’s Room, the newest and most vibrant card room in the metropolis hosted “Mike’s Millionaire Maker: 2M for 2K” last June 23-27 that saw a record breaking 1,403 entries participating in the said tournament.
A renowned name in the poker industry, Mike’s Room owner Mike Kim was elated with the successful turnout of the event. “At first, they said I was crazy for guaranteeing 2 million with just a buy-in of 2,000 pesos. “ said Kim. It turns out that Mike’s gamble paid off as he knew by offering 1 million as the top prize for just an entry fee 2,000 pesos will attract more players.
Kim has been trying to build the sport not only in the country but also in Asia as well for over 10 years already. His presence in the Philippine poker industry has contributed a lot to the growth of the sport. “Poker in the Philippines has a great potential to be the big as it has just about everything the US could offer” explains Mike. “The market is great and it’s easily accessible for other countries to enter thus I decided come and open business here and hopefully make history in Asia” he adds.
Mike’s Room is the first card room operated by Kim. “We wanted to brand our own poker company and expand worldwide thus I decided to open my own poker room here in Midas Hotel. Eventually, we’ll expand operations and we’re looking at potential places like Cebu, Boracay, Davao and Pampanga. We’ll have our own events and make the branding strong” explains Kim.
Helping Mike in realizing his vision to make the sport big in this country is a renowned Filipino poker champion Vic de Guzman. A former Asian Poker Tour champion, Vic is the General Manager of Mike’s Room. Armed with the same passion as Mike Kim’s to the sport and corporate background, de Guzman says he’s blessed to be chosen by Mike. “I’m just lucky to be part of Mike’s Room that I am putting in the same passion as Mike to help him fulfill his vision to the sport of poker” says de Guzman. “The potential of this industry in our country is huge because we are able to speak english very well and our country has a lot of beautiful islands and coastlines. This can easily attract poker players worldwide” adds de Guzman.
With its first major tournament in the bag, expect more tournaments, big names in poker to come over and bigger prizes at Mike’s Room. For more details and information on upcoming tournaments, visit Mike’s Room located at the second floor of Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City or visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PokerMikesRoom/.