Poker is set to stay at SKYCITY Auckland, after the Casino announced that due to popular demand they had decided to rescind plans to suspend poker operations at the property. The original planned hiatus of the game in Auckland was seen as a big blow to poker in the region with Auckland’s Casino emerging as one of the Asia-Pacific market leaders in the product in recent years.
The SKYCITY Auckland poker room witnessed the emergence of New Zealand’s World Series of Poker bracelet holder Simon Watt as well as another Kiwi talent Danny ‘Brotha D’ Leaosavaii. While the room has hosted several large poker tournaments, including being annual home of the APPT Auckland since Season 2, the eight table room is also home to a vibrant and growing poker community.
According to a SKYCITY press release the decision to keep poker was made because, “While initially we didn’t believe that we could accommodate the tables because of our extensive redevelopment plans in the Casino and the wider complex we have taken on feedback from our loyal poker community and relooked at the spaces. Poker has always been a great asset to SKYCITY and we are looking forward to continuing to offer it to players.”
The room will remain in its usual position on level 3 of the SKYCITY Auckland complex.
There are strong suggestions that the APPT Auckland will now find its way back on the schedule, despite the announcement that it would be cancelled when the room had announced its hiatus. Whatever the case the fact that the room is staying open is great news for poker players and with New Zealand set to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup later in the year, there should be plenty of action to be had for those that make their way across the Tasman.
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Poker is set to continue at the SKYCITY Auckland property
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