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SKYCITY Auckland Prepares To Close Doors

Posted at 12:45 2011-01-21

SKYCITY Auckland have recently announced that they will be removing the remaining poker tables from their poker room on 7 February to temporarily pull the pin on live poker in the region.

In the press release, SKYCITY Auckland provided the following statement:

“Poker has been a great asset to SKYCITY Auckland but due to our extensive building enhancements across the property, including in the gaming areas, we are no longer able to offer it to our customers at this time.”

“We have been privileged to have played a part in the international poker circuit and extremely pleased and impressed with the calibre of domestic and international players we have attracted and seen develop.  SKYCITY plans to revisit poker once the construction has been completed as we believe it is a great part of our entertainment offering and brings a fun and exciting feeling to our diverse range of games.”

This is obviously unfortunate news for poker in New Zealand following on from a period where they nation has enjoyed great success with Simon Watt’s historic WSOP victory and the dominance of Brotha D on the ANZPT and APPT tours in the latter part of the year.

The closing of the SKYCITY Auckland poker room also means that the annual Auckland Anniversary Poker Series and APPT Festival of Poker will not be running in 2011.

SKYCITY Casino in Queenstown will become the main poker room in New Zealand and will once again host the ANZPT Queenstown event in July and we expect to see further tournament series announced.

SKYCITY Auckland has a loyal following of poker players so we encourage you to continue to enjoy poker online during this time and stay locked into PokerNetwork for future updates and news about poker in New Zealand.

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