Auckland Ready For APPT; Christchurch Open For Business

Posted at 13:34 2010-09-10

Players from Australia and further abroad are descending upon the land of the long white could as Auckland is set to play host to New Zealand’s largest festival of poker, incorporating the 2010 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Auckland Main Event.

The NZ$3,250 Main Event kicks off September 15th with the likes of Tony Hachem, Lee “Final Table” Nelson and WSOP bracelet winner Simon Watt all expected to be in attendance.

Upon returning to his home town, Watt commented, "I'm looking forward to and excited about defending my SKYCITY Festival of Poker Main Event title in what is New Zealand's biggest and best poker tournament."

SKYCITY General Manager of Casino Operations, Ejaaz Dean is confident that this year’s tournament will be one to remember.

“With so many quality players coming to SKYCITY Auckland both from NZ and abroad the tournament will be an exciting one to follow. The two years this tournament has been running kiwis have taken out the title and we expect another great show with local players honing their skills to an international level.  It will be exciting to see New Zealand’s only World Series of Poker bracelet winner and defending Festival of Poker Champion Simon Watt vying to out bluff and out play the extensive field and take home the title for 2010.”

For more information, including structures, schedules, terms and conditions and how to buy into the tournaments, see www.festivalofpoker.co.nz.

Meanwhile a little further south and the city of Christchurch is looking to rebuild from the recent tragic earthquakes that hit the region, and Christchurch Casino is leading the way. The Casino has donated $250,000 to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal to assist the local people and businesses to recover.

Brett Anderson, Christchurch Casino’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “The community spirit throughout the earthquake’s impact has really shone through and I know that it will continue as we move forward – Christchurch Casino will play a major part in this - helping families, businesses and the wider community, together”.

Despite the severity of the earthquake, remarkably the Christchurch Casino has come through well and has reopened for business.

“Throughout our period of closure, our primary concern has been for staff and their families. On all accounts we are safe and well, and we will continue to provide support where ever we can”.

“Aside of minor superficial damage to the Casino building itself, we have come through strongly. Our structural report is clear and we have invested in a water purifier to ensure water safety across our services. We are back in operation and will be making some minor cosmetic repairs where needed”.  

Christchurch Casino has resumed 24 hour operation of dining and entertainment. Promotion and event activity will take place as planned. Further updates can be found at www.christchurchcasino.co.nz.

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