Australia Will Get Two New High Stakes Poker Events In 2020
For the longest time, poker players in Australia had only one option if they wanted to play high stakes tournaments: “the Aussie Millions“.
While the Aussie Millions continues to remain one of the biggest draws for poker players down under, its highest buy-in event—the AU250,000 challenge, has been excluded from its schedule since 2017.
Poker Central, the firm behind the “Super High Roller Bowl” (SHRB), announced that it will be hosting two tournaments in Australia to bring more excitement to the poker market. The first event will be its flagship “SHRB” and the second is a newly created event called the “Australian Poker Open” (APO).
Poker Central has partnered with the World Poker Tour for both events; PokerGO is also a partner, in charge of streaming live content from these two events to viewers all over the globe.
Australian Poker Open
The APO will launch on January 25, and will last until February 1. The APO has no mixed games, instead focusing solely on the bread and butter of televised poker: No Limit Hold’em (NLH) and Pot Limit Omaha (PLO). Events #1, 3, 5, 6, and 7 will begin NLH, with buy-ins of AU$10,000 (events #1 and 3), AU$25,000 (event #5), AU$50,000 (event #6), and AU$100,000 (event #7), respectively. Events #2 and 4 will be in PLO, with buy-ins of AU$10,000 for event #2, and AU$25,000 for event #4.
The APO will also have a leader board, with the player earning the most points across all the APO events winning the title of Australian Poker Open Champion, a trophy, and AU$50,000 in cash.
Super High Roller Bowl
The SHRB will launch on February 2, one day after the final table of event #7 of the APO, and will last until February 4. The SHRB is expected to fill the void caused by the recent scarcity of high roller poker events in Australia. Poker pros will be excited to know that there is an event with a buy-in of AU$250,000, the lowest in the SHRB’s history, Poker Central is hoping that the SHRB will revive high roller poker in Australia.
The SHRB will have just one event, but due to the high buy-in, the roster of players will likely be an all-star lineup of poker sharks. The tournament blind structure, slower than average, will also allow the players more chances to outplay each other, which Poker Central is hoping will be enough to dazzle even the most jaded of poker fans watching on PokerGO.