SKYCITY Festival of Poker main event kicks off with OVER $850,000 prize pool confirmed!
Friday 10th October, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND; The Main Event at New Zealand’s biggest ever poker tournament, the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour: Auckland, is underway with a total field of 306 players and a prize pool of over $850,000 confirmed, setting a record for player numbers and prize pool in New Zealand poker tournaments.
The world class poker stars competing in the Main Event today include:
· Joe Hachem, 2005 World Series of Poker Champion and Team PokerStars Pro
· Lee Nelson, 2006 Aussie Millions Champion and Celebrity Joker Poker co-host
· Grant Levy, 2007 PokerStars.net APPT Sydney Grand Final Champion
· Eric Assadourian, 2007 PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller Champion & 2007 NZ Poker Champs winner
Playing yesterday were:
· Greg Raymer, 2004 World Series of Poker Champion and Team PokerStars Pro
· Emad Tahtouh, 2006 EPT London 2nd Place and noted Australian player
Jeffrey Haas, APPT President, says: “Tournament Poker is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and has huge television appeal and viewership. We are delighted to work with SKYCITY to attract a talented field of local and international players from 21 nations to Auckland for the main event.”
“With a prize pool of $850,000 and 306 players now confirmed, with 67 of these players qualifying online at PokerStars – this is more than double the top prize pool at any previous poker tournament in this country. Over the course of the Festival more than $1 million will be won. This is a huge step forward for tournament poker in the Oceania region.”
The PokerStars.net APPT Auckland will also include a $10,000 entry High Rollers event, which takes place from 6.15pm this Saturday, October 11.
The tournament’s main event Final Table, featuring the top nine players playing down to an eventual winner, takes place from 1.00pm this Sunday, October 12.
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