Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Launched

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December 31 2008

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"ANZPT Launched"
January 07, 2009

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE NEXT POKER STAR launches Australia New Zealand Poker Tour

PokerStars has today announced the launch of an exciting new poker tour which will be played across Australia and New Zealand – the ANZPT. The first event is scheduled for Adelaide on Wednesday 4th February 2009.

The ANZPT will travel to Australia and New Zealand’s and stop at some of the leading casinos. The tour is league based which means there is a point system awarding players for every event they enter as well as for the position they finish in each tournament. The first season will run up until July 2009.

Taking Australian poker back to its humble beginnings, the tour will kick off at Adelaide’s SKY CITY Casino – widely regarded as the ‘Home of Australian Poker,’ when the casino first introduced Texas Hold’em to our shores in 1987.

The tournament is part of the SKY CITY Adelaide Hold’em Championship which runs from the 31st January to the 7th of February.

Online qualifiers starting will be starting on on Thursday 1 January 2009.  Each packages is worth over $4,500 and will  include:

•    $3000 direct buy-in
•    5 nights accommodation at the luxurious Hyatt Hotel in Adelaide
•    Travel expenses

The announcement follows the huge success of the second season of the APPT, which concluded in Sydney in December.

‘Following the success of the second season of the APPT earlier this year, we are excited to be expanding poker further throughout this region.  The ANZPT will provide Australian and New Zealand poker players with a professionally executed tour in their own backyard
’, commented ANZPT spokesperson, Danny McDonagh.

Some of the sport’s finest including Team Australia members Grant Levy, Eric Assadourian, Celina Lin, Tony Hachem and Emad Tahtouh will grace the tables for the ANZPT in up to six locations.

Nightly Freerolls from Monday to Saturday will take place on each week in the lead up to the February kick off, with the top 20 players qualifying for a Sunday evening final.  The winner of each Sunday final will receive a package to ANZPT Adelaide.

Other real money satellites on Pokerstars include nightly tournaments feeding to a weekly Sunday Evening qualifier plus a weekly Saturday afternoon re-buy direct satellite.

More information can be found on the soon to be launched

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