With the Australian poker community once again focusing their attention on events on home soil, the cream of Australian talent will be heading to the bright lights of Melbourne’s Crown Casino for the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships!
Kicking off on August 15th with 14 events scheduled over a jam-packed two week schedule, the Vic Champs offers a great range of events, with budget events for new tournament players and quality mid-range buy-ins to attract those travelling from interstate.
The popular Midday Series is back with $125 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack events every day at noon with the top performers qualifying for the final on Friday August 20th.
Once again the repechage format makes a return in Event #5. The $550 No Limit Hold’em Repechage event gives players three chances to buy back into the tournament to try and reach day two action. This format creates a juicy prize pool with the winner likely to turn their investment into more than $50,000.
Other events on the preliminary schedule include the ever-popular $230 Opening Event, $200 Teams Event, $340 Terminator, and $240 No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha with $100 rebuys.
Also returning in 2010 is the $100,000 Challenge with a winner-takes-all format that was won by Bill Jordanou last year, while the $1,100 Six-Handed and $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha have also remained on the schedule. The $10,200 High Stakes Holdem event also returns with Julius Colman set to defend his title after ‘defeating’ Sam Khouiss last year. One of new additions to the schedule is the $550 8 Game Mixed that will please the many mixed game-enthusiasts.
Of course, the feature event is without doubt the State of Origin Event where the country’s elite players will battle it out to take back home the trophy that New Zealand shipped across the Tasman last year. Again we will see New Zealand, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, The Territories, New South Wales and South Australia all fielding their strongest team, but it is some of the heat between the latter two states that is causing some tension as prop bets, player eligibility and plenty more are being discussed in the forums.
The Main Event is the big one that everyone is looking to win, and with past champions Albert Amato (2009), Jay Kinkade (2008), Jozef Berec (2007), Kristoffer Evenstad (2006) and James Potter (2005) all walking home with the gold, you too have the chance by anteing up $2,700 on Saturday the 28th.
Thursday 26th – Event 12: $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha (12:10pm)
Friday 27th – Event 13: $10,200 High Stakes Holdem (12:10pm)
Saturday 28th – Event 14: $2,700 Main Event (12:10pm)
With an array of events at a range of buy-ins, any one has their chance at becoming the next poker household name by claiming victory in any of the events over the two week schedule.
Like always, the PokerNetwork Live Reporting Team will be on the floor providing exclusive coverage of the State of Origin, High Stakes Holdem and the Main Event, so stay locked onto PokerNetwork for all the news of the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships!
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2010 Victorian Poker Championships August 15th-30th from Crown Casino
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