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The Star Sydney to Host WSOP Circuit This Week
The World Series of Poker hosts its primary series in Las Vegas each summer, followed by its WSOP Europe series in the Czech Republic in October and November. Winners of these tournaments receive more than prize money; they walk away with the coveted WSOP gold bracelets.
There are also smaller series called the WSOP Circuit. There is a United States-based tour and an international circuit. Both are currently well into their 2019-2020 schedules.
The WSOP International Circuit has been to Russia, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Holland this season, and the next stop is Sydney, Australia. This is the fourth year the Circuit will stop in Sydney.
This year’s festivities kick off on November 14 and runs through December 9.
WSOP Sydney Details
The World Series of Poker will bring 14 official tournaments to The Star Sydney over the course of 26 days, each one awarding cash and a WSOP gold ring.
In total, there will be more than $6 million guaranteed in the series.
In addition, players who compete in multiple tournaments will have the chance to win a seat into the WSOP Global Casino Championship, which takes place in the United States. The 2020 Championship is set for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina next summer.
Two seats will be awarded to that tournament, which awards a WSOP gold bracelet to the winner and guarantees a $1 million prize pool. Those free seats will be given to the winner of the Main Event at the Sydney stop and the casino champion. The latter is the player who wins the most points throughout the series of 14 events at The Star.
Each seat is worth $10K plus allowances for travel.
Sydney Tournament Schedule
The schedule is ready for players and kicks off on Thursday, November 14 with two starting days for the No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Monster Stack. And it will all culminate in the Main Event, with its two starting flights on November 30 and December 1. The entire series will wrap on December 9 with one final NLHE bounty tournament.
Each tournament boasts of a guaranteed prize pool.
Here is the full schedule:
- Event 1 Flight A on Nov. 14 at 6:15pm: A$1,100 NLHE Monster Stack with $450K GTD (no reentries, 30-minute levels, 50K starting stack, 3-day tournament, 2 flights)
- Event 1 Flight B on Nov. 15 at 12:30pm
- Event 2 on Nov. 18 at 6:15pm: A$500 NLHE Turbo with $130K GTD (unlimited reentries, 20-minute levels, 10K starting stack, 1-day event)
- Event 3 on Nov. 19 at 12:30pm: A$600 NLHE Short Deck with $80K GTD (unlimited reentries, 20-minute levels, 15K starting stack, 1-day event)
- Event 4 Flight A on Nov. 19 at 6:15pm: A$500 NLHE Classic with $500K GTD (one entry per flight, 40-minute levels, 15K starting stack, 3-day tournament, 4 flights)
- Event 4 Flight B on Nov. 20 at 6:15pm
- Event 4 Flight C on Nov. 21 at 12:30pm
- Event 4 Flight D on Nov. 22 at 12:30pm
- Event 5 on Nov. 24 at 12:30pm: A$1K NLHE 6-Handed with $250K GTD (single reentry, 40-minute levels, 20K starting stack, 2-day tournament
- Event 6 on Nov. 26 at 12:30pm: A$500 NLHE Masters for ages 50+ with $80K GTD (unlimited reentries, 30-minute levels, 15K starting stack, 2-day tournament)
- Event 7 on Nov. 27 at 6:15pm: A$550 NLHE Teams with $100K GTD (no reentries, 20-minute levels, 10K starting stack, 1-day event
- Event 8 on Nov. 28 at 2:15pm: A$5K NLHE Challenge with $1M GTD (unlimited reentries, 45-minute levels, 25K starting stack, 2-day tournament)
- Event 9 on Nov. 29 at 6:15pm: A$330 NLHE for ladies only with $20K GTD (unlimited reentries, 30-minute levels, 10K starting stack, 2-day tournament)
- Event 10 Flight A on Nov. 30 at 12:30pm: A$2,200 NLHE Main Event with $2.2M GTD (one entry per flight, 45-minute levels, 30K starting stack, big blind antes, 4-day tournament, 4 flights)
- Event 10 Flight B on Dec. 1 at 12:30pm
- Event 11 on Dec. 2 at 2:15pm: A$1,650 PLO 6-Handed with $240K GTD (unlimited reentries, 45-minute levels, 25K starting stack, 2-day tournament)
- Event 12 on Dec. 4 at 2:15pm: A$20K NLHE High Roller with $1M GTD (unlimited reentries, 45-minute levels, 50K starting stack, 2-day tournament, big blind antes)
- Event 10 Flight C on Dec. 5 at 12:30pm
- Event 10 Flight D on Dec. 6 at 12:30pm
- Event 13 on Dec. 7 at 6:15pm: A$550 Omaha with $100K GTD (unlimited reentries, 30-minute levels, 15K starting stack, 2-day tournament)
- Event 14 on Dec. 9 at 12:30pm: A$660 NLHE Bounty with $150K GTD (unlimited reentries, 30-minute levels, 15K starting stack, 1-day event, $200 bounties)
Last year, the Main Event tallied a prize pool of $2,382,000, and Alex Lynskey won the tournament for nearly A$423K. Some may remember Lynskey from his seventh-place finish at the 2018 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, where he finished seventh for $1.5 million.
Most recently, Lynskey won the celebrity charity tournament that kicked off the World Poker Tour’s WPT Australia Festival at The Star Gold Coast.