Aussie Briefs: APL Million begins; Fight continues for online poker; Sydney Championships 2017

In the land of Aussies, poker is hot on the plate with ongoing events, upcoming festivals, and online poker riding on the edge. Here is a rundown of all the latest news.

 Cards in the air at the Star Sydney for the APL Million Main Event

The Star Poker Festival (Photo the Star Sydney)

The latest craze in the Australian poker circuit is without a doubt The Star Poker Festival, the country’s newest poker event of the year. In partnership with the Australian Poker League (APL), Aussies from all around the country were seen flooding the doors of The Star Poker Room in Sydney with the festivities underway just over a week ago.

Running from February 28th– March 13th, The Star Poker Festival schedule is lined up with a wide variety of tournaments. There are eight side events ranging from a low buy-in of AUS$330 to a hefty AUS$5,000 for players with deeper pockets. The highlight of the festival is the APL $1,000,000 Guaranteed Main Event which is certain to attract a big field with its affordable buy-in of AUS$1,500.

Two days ago, cards were in the air for the start of the Main Event. Adrian Attenborough and Matt Rook topped the first two qualifying days. The APL Million will run a course of seven days with four entry flights, Day 2, Day 3, and the Final Day.

Side events results:

  • Team Event: Team Damelian/Bouskila – AUS$14,678
  • Turbo: Peter Dykes – AUS$21,227
  • 6 Handed: John Maklouf – AUS$48,729
  • Opening Event: Ryan Bownds – AUS$61,725.
  • Ladies Event: Suzy Khoueis – AUS$7,247

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Australian players continue the fight for Online Poker in Australia

 Online poker may be the ultimate playground for many pros, recreational players, and young poker aspirants all over, however in Australia that virtual world is currently under major threat. Last December, Australian online poker players were up in arms regarding a proposed bill introduced by the Minister of Human Services, Alan Trudge, which in the event of its passing, may ban online poker in the country.

While the bill’s primary focus is to protect problem gamblers from being the target of shady offshore operators, it however does not exclude online poker operators from the list. Due to this, the Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA) was formed and the group has taken immediate active measures in reaching out to various lawmakers.

In recent days, the AOPA’s passionate efforts earned them a huge middle-of-the-road victory with Senator David Leyonhjelm proposing an amendment that would exclude online poker from the proposed bill.

With that addendum now on the table, all they can do now is wait and see with the bill expected to be on review later this month.  

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The Star Poker announces the Sydney Championships 2017

 Australian poker festivals just keep on coming with The Star announcing the upcoming Sydney Championships running from July 18th – August 7th at The Star Poker Room. The Sydney Championships is on its 9th year making it the longest running poker festival held in Sydney. This year, the event promises to be much bigger than previous with an added one week of festivities for a total of 21 days of nonstop poker.

There are 13 events running throughout with the AUS$1,000,000 Guaranteed Main Event highlighted on the last three days.

In addition to the main, there are a few events that also offer lucrative guarantees:

-Opening Event with a AUS$400,000 Guarantee

-AUS$5K Challenge with a AUS$500,000 Guarantee

-AUS$1,100 6-Max with a AUS$100,000 Guarantee

The festival will also introduce new events that may eventually earn a permanent spot on the roster:

-Masters Event for players with a minimum 50 years of age

-Monster Stack Event

-High Roller Event (AUS$20,000 entry fee)

Article by Triccia David

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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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