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The Melbourne Poker Championships Begin Today

Posted at 18:53 2012-05-03 by Barry Gallagher

The Melbourne Poker Championships begin today May 3rd and runs until the 14th with the conclusion of the main event. The recently named host of WSOP APAC, the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, will host to the event.

The well-established Melbourne Poker Championship will also combine with the Joe Hachem Deepstack Series. Hachem’s event is entering its ninth series and features a $550 No-Limit Holdem event which has three Day 1’s. The event is a repechage meaning players can re-enter in another Day 1 if they bust. This event will kick start the festival and will run for the weekend with entrants hoping to replicate Jeffrey Rossiter who took down the last Deepstack main event for a cool $52,000 in November.

While the entire festival will feature 10 official events the highlight will be Melbourne Poker Championship $1,100 Main Event. Again this will be a repechage format with three Day 1 flights. A winner will be crowned on Monday the 14th and everyone will be trying to match the success of Geelong’s Scott Peel when he took down the 2011 Championships for a whopping $104,500. In 2010, well know Australian player Brendon Rubie took down the event for $118,000 and he followed that up this year by scooping $200,000 by winning the opening event of the Aussie Millions.

Other events on the schedule include a megastack, a team event, 7-game mix, Pot Limit Omaha, a bounty event, 6-max, a turbo terminator and an ante-up event. With buy-ins starting from $200 and satellites running daily in the Crown there is truly something for everyone. The famously wild cashes games in the Crown Casino are also sure to be in full swing over the course of the Championships.

The Melbourne Poker Championship began in 2002 with a modest field of 66 players in a $300 buy-in Main Event. Last year, the Main Event attracted 502 entrants and chances are there will be an even more entries this year especially with repechage permitted.

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