With all eyes focused on the round the clock action at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas one could be forgiven for thinking the live domestic poker scene had shut down for the winter. However, this is not case as this long weekend Casino Canberra will be hosting The Winter Poker Championships.
The event is a $1000+$100 buy-in tournament which begins on Saturday 9th June and features two day 1’s. The event will wrap up on Monday 11th, which of course is a public holiday in Australia, when the survivors for the two opening flights combine to play down to a winner. Players will have a healthy 20,000 starting stack with the blinds kicking off at 50/100 and increasing every 40 minutes. The two starting days will have an 80 player cap with alternatives allowed until level six each day.
While this is not an official Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) event it will count for those crucial Player of the Year (POY) points. The POY is a massive freeroll provided to regular and successful players on the tour. The top two players will divide over $40,000 worth of prizes between them at the conclusion of the season. The winner will win entry to three Season 7 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) events and also the Aussie Millions Main Event 2013 as well as expenses (value $28,000). The runner up will entry to four Season 5 ANZPT main events as well as expenses (value $13,000).
Currently, it is Canberra’s own Anthony Aston who has a big lead at the top of the rankings after his remarkable showings at ANZPT Sydney and Perth where he managed to finish 3rd in both main events for a combined $107,000. Scotland’s Gordon Huntly, ANZPT Sydney winner for $226,812, is currently occupying 2nd place but has many players eyeing his position. With three events remaining including Canberra, Queenstown and Melbourne there is all to play for in the POY standings.
PokerStars has qualified 37 players for the event having run satellites online for the last few months. The casino will also run a super satellite on the 8th of June which will be $110+10 entry fee and features a 3,000 starting stack.
So with a decent prize-pool and those on all to precious POY points on offer there is sure to be some big interest in The Winter Poker Championships this Queen’s Birthday weekend in Canberra.
Current ANZPT POY Standings
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