This October will see SKYCITY Auckland transformed into a poker player’s paradise with the return of New Zealand’s largest and most prestigious poker tournament, the SKYCITY Festival of Poker. The biggest names in the sport will be returning to SKYCITY, New Zealand’s home of poker, with the goal of taking home the 2009 Festival of Poker trophy.
The SKYCITY Festival of Poker will run from October 10 to 18 with an estimated $1 million prize pool, the largest ever in New Zealand, attracting hundreds of entries over the tournament period. Last year’s field saw of some of the world’s best players, with this year’s field looking event better.
The following world class poker stars are already confirmed to attend the 2009 SKYCITY Festival of Poker: New Zealander, Lee ‘Final Table’ Nelson and Australians, Grant Levy, Eric Assadourian, Emad Tahtouh and Tony Hachem.
The five day event will see SKYCITY’s dedicated poker zone transformed into a world-class poker arena, with single and multi-table satellite tournaments culminating in a three-day main event.
Ejaaz Dean, SKYCITY Auckland’s Executive Manager - Table Games said: "We are pleased to be able to bring the SKYCITY Festival of Poker back to SKYCITY Auckland for 2009. Continuing on from the success of last year’s tournament we plan to beat our 2008 record and make, the 2009 SKYCITY Festival of Poker the biggest poker tournament in New Zealand’s history."
“We are committed to making SKYCITY the home of New Zealand poker. The SKYCITY Festival of Poker is now an annual fixture on the world poker circuit and an absolute must for top international players.”
Lee Nelson, local poker celebrity said: “Last year's SKYCITY Festival of Poker was, in my view, one of the best run and most exciting events of the year. The enthusiasm and professionalism of SKYCITY was remarkable, and set the scene for great tournament poker. This year should be even better. The main event will be the premier event of the New Zealand tournament poker year and will attract great players from Australia, Europe, and the United States, as well as the cream of the Kiwi crop. I'm really looking forward to it!”
Satellite tournaments for entry into New Zealand’s biggest ever poker tournament are being held by casinos and pub poker leagues nationwide. For more information on how you can take on the world’s best poker players, visit www.festivalofpoker.co.nz.
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