Crown's 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship Announced

Posted at 05:34 2012-04-04

The eagerly anticipated 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship returns to the renowned Crown Poker Room between May 3-14 and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. This years festival boasts ten official tournament including two championship events making the Crown the only place to play your poker in May.

The first event on the schedule is the ever-popular Joe Hachem Deepstack Series, a $550 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament that ha s attracted large fields the previous eight times it has run. The second championship event is the Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event, the eighth tournament on the schedule, which boasts a $1,100 buy-in though there will be a whole host of satellites running every day with buy-ins starting as low as $65.

Along with these excellent feature tournaments there are also a few new additions to the roster that will certainly be well received. Event #3 is the No Limit Hold'em Team – Non Stop Turbo that costs $300 to enter and is open to teams of two or three players. Team-mates can change around after each orbit, with no team-mate allowed to play more than one consecutive orbit so make sue you choose a strong partner or two if you are planning on participating in this particular event!

Also new for 2012 are the ninth and tenth events on the calendar. Event #9 is a $400 Turbo Terminator where every player has a $100 bounty on their heads which should see the action be fast and loose whilst Event #10 is a No Limit Hold'em Turbo Ante Up, a $200 buy-in tournament where the one blind stays at the minimum but the antes are raised every level! This particular tournament is the last one on the schedule so should it will definitely attract a lot of interest.

The inaugural Melbourne Poker Championship took place in 2002 and attracted a more modest crowd of 66 players in its $300 buy-in Main Event but last year's equivalent saw 502 players exchange $1,100 for the chance to become the champion, something that Scott Peel managed to do, bagging himself $104,500 for his efforts.

Peel will be in the Crown Poker Room in an attempt to defend his title but he may have his work cut out for him because the likes of hometown hero and former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem, 888 Poker sponsored pro Shane Warne and the current Aussie Million champion Oliver Speidel are all set to play.

All in all it should be a fantastic festival and if past years are anything to go by it will be one of the best run series held in Australia this year.

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