Aussie Briefs: Bobby Zhang takes down India; Crown Poker Championship in a week; Sydney Championships A$2.25 Million GTD announced

Australia has some big events to look forward to starting with the Crown Poker Championship hitting the felt in just a week’s time. This festival is the newest addition to the Crown Poker yearly schedule and it comes with an estimated A$500,000 Main Event prize pool. Another one on the way is the Sydney Championships. This upcoming festival rides in this July with a huge A$2.25 Million in guaranteed cash prizes.

While all that’s being brewed, we start off our briefs with a victory by Bobby Zhang in a country 12 hours flight time away for his hometown Melbourne. Zhang won the Baadshah Main Event while on vacation in Goa, India.

Bobby Zhang vacations to India and wins Baadshah Gaming Main Event

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Australian pro Bobby Zhang made his first-ever trip to India a highly memorable one by taking down the Main Event of the Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament series in Goa. Zhang was on holiday in the country when he decided to join the action. After three days of work, he stood atop the 187 entry field and shipped in a huge pile of cash totaling 17 lakhs (~US$26,000). In Pokerguru, Zhang stated,

“It was an insane tournament with very good structures, the average stack was pretty huge till the final table was set. Really happy and had a great experience, the atmosphere was good and its super good to see Indian poker community growing and supporting each other. Poker in India is growing and people perceive it as a game of skill. Hopefully the government will see this too and make it tax free.”

This marks Zhang’s first victory for the year and 9th throughout his career. He is now up to six cashes for 2018.

Crown Poker Championships in a week

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Crown Poker casino in Melbourne, Australia added a new poker festival to their 2018 schedule and this one has the bite to bring everyone out to the felt. Storming the tables on April 18 – 30 is the 2018 Crown Poker Championship series which comes with an estimated A$500,000 Main Event prize pool. Buy-in is A$1,650 and as early as now, players can try to win a seat via ongoing satellites for as low as A$90.

In addition to the featured event, the new series covers all its bases with a variety of side tournaments to choose from starting at only A$175. Players will likely be enticed by the Opening Event Accumulator that runs for only A$300 yet with a A$100,000 guaranteed prize pool. There is also a lightning fast paced turbo event called the Hyper Turbo 10-10-10. This event starts everyone off with a 10k stack. Blinds go up every 10 minutes and players have only 10 seconds to act.

The CPC also takes care of players with deeper pockets. On the opposite end of the buy-in range is the High Rollers shot clock event which comes with a A$5,000 entry fee. This event is estimated to have a A$250,000 prize pool. In total, there are 15 events to choose from throughout the 13 days.

More: Crown Poker Championships Schedule

Sydney Championships celebrates 10 years with A$2.25 Million in guaranteed prizes

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On July 17 to August 6, Star Poker in Sydney, Australia will be hosting the Sydney Championships featuring a jaw-dropping A$2.25 Million in guaranteed cash prizes. This massive prize pool will spread over 5 events, and it is all in celebration of their 10th year anniversary.

The festival sets off with immediate guaranteed cash on the table. The Opening Event features a A$500,000 guarantee for only A$500 buy-in. Another event with a A$500,000 guarantee is the 5K Challenge. Much steeper than the opener, this event has an entry fee of A$5,000.

While those games are very enticing and sure to draw in a good field, what will bring everyone out of the woodwork is the Main Event. The featured tournament is a head turner with its rich A$1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Buy-in to this event is A$3,000 and will run on the tail end of the series from August 3 – 6. Satellites to the Main will take place at Star Poker starting June 24. The other two events with guaranteed pots is the 6 Max with a A$150,000 guarantee and the 10 Year Hyper Turbo with its A$100,000 guarantee.

Aside from those five events, the Sydney Championships has 10 more tournaments filling up the 21-day schedule. One of them is High Rollers event which packs the biggest punch with its A$20,000 entry fee. There are exclusive events as well such as the Ladies Event and the Masters Tournament 50 + years. The rest of the events are favorites such as the Monster Stack, Teams Event, Turbo, Bounty, and Omaha. Buy-ins range from A$550 to A$1650.

More:  Sydney Championships Schedule

Article by Tricia David

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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