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Aussie Poker Opportunities Abound in Early 2020
Poker players will have a number of poker series from which to choose in the first months of 2020.
The poker year is already underway in Melbourne, as players have been descending up Crown Casino for the Aussie Millions. In addition, there are more series lined up for Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the coming weeks.
Australian Poker Tour Kicks Off in Brisbane
The APT (Australian Poker Tour) is a series of poker tournaments that travel around Australia to cities like Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. Buy-ins usually range from $50 to $2,500 to accommodate a wide range of players.
Its third season will kick off in Brisbane at the Eatons Hill Hotel and Function Centre on January 29, 2020. A total of 19 events will keep players busy over the five-day series that will end on February 2. There will be $535,000 in guaranteed prize pools.
The full schedule is available on the APT website, but here is an overview:
- Event 1: $75 NLHE Mini Main Event with reentries, two starting flights, $25K GTD
- Event 2: $350 PLO High Roller, unlimited reentries
- Event 3: $60 NLHE Deepstack Freezeout, $5K GTD
- Event 4: $50 NLHE Auslan Deaf Poker Australian Championships
- Event 5: $1,500 NLHE Dracakis Players Championships, $75K GTD
- Event 6: $175 NLHE Main Event with one reentry, four starting flights, $150K GTD
- Event 7: $80 NLHE 6-Max Shootout, $7,500 GTD
- Event 8: Free + $20 top-up CPG NLHE, $5K GTD
- Event 9: $1,200 NLHE Grind with reentries, $100K GTD
- Event 10: $60 WPA Brisbane Ladies Championships
- Event 11: $100 NLHE Big Bounty Game with $50 bounties, $7,500 GTD
- Event 12: $240 National Teams with five players per team, $15K GTD
- Event 13: $100 PokerShop NLHE with two reentries, $15K GTD
- Event 14: $1,100 Andrews Airport Parking 8-Game Mix with one reentry
- Event 15: $550 NLHE 6-Max Shotclock with reentries, $15K GTD
- Event 16: $450 Poker Shares NLHE High Roller with unlimited reentries, $75K GTD
- Event 17: $60 King Playing Cards NLHE Deepstack Freezeout, $7,500 GTD
- Event 18: $220 NLHE Cage, $13K prize package to Costa Rica for winner
- Event 19: $60 PLO with unlimited reentries
There will be an APT Brisbane players’ party on the first night, January 29, with free entries to all players in the Mini Main Event. Players will also find numerous qualifiers to the bigger events and steps tournaments for discounted buy-ins.
In addition, players competing at the five APT tour stops of 2020 will earn points for their in-the-money finishes. They will be calculated through the year for the Player of the Year race, and the eventual winner will receive $50,000 in cash.
Poker Central Delivers Australian Poker Open
This new series was announced in late November 2019. Poker Central decided to expand its Poker Open series and Super High Roller Bowl to Australia in 2020.
The Star Gold Coast in Broadbeach, Queensland will host the high-stakes tournament series from January 25 to February 4. The series consists of these buy-ins and events:
- Event 1: $10K NLHE
- Event 2: $10K PLO
- Event 3: $10K NLHE
- Event 4: $25K PLO
- Event 5: $25K NLHE
- Event 6: $50K NLHE
- Event 7: $100K NLHE
When those are completed, the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) Australia will start its three-day tournament action on February 2 with a $250K buy-in and one reentry opportunity.
Poker Central will also make livestreams available of the events on its PokerGO online subscription service, which can be purchased for $10 per month or $99 for one year.
Aussie Millions Underway in Melbourne
The poker year truly began with the opening of the 2020 Aussie Millions Poker Championship at Crown Casino in Melbourne. The staple on the poker calendar began in 1997 and has grown to encompass a wide range of buy-ins and poker variations through the years.
The 2020 series started on January 4 and will run through January 24. The first of the 23 tournaments are already complete with these results:
- Event 1: $1,150 NLHE with 1,665 entries and $1,706,625 prize pool (Jo Snell won $341,325)
- Event 2: $2,500 HORSE with 42 entries and $94,500 prize pool (Dzmitry Urbanovich won $28,755)
- Event 3: $1,150 PLO with 349 entries and $357,725 prize pool (Matthew Edwards won $83,185)
- Event 4: $1,150 NLHE Mix Max with 342 entries and $350,550 prize pool (Freek Scholten won $86,575)
The full schedule is on the Aussie Millions-dedicated website, complete with structure information and results of every event.
Players can also earn seats into the Aussie Millions tournaments via live satellites happening at the Crown poker room. The lowest buy-in of the series is $1,150, so many players are using qualifiers to earn entries. The highest buy-in event of the series is the final one, a $100K buy-in Super High Roller that starts on January 23.