SYDNEY CHAMPS: Schedule for 2012 series announced

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


As recently as 2008, Sydney was home to just one major tournament series each year. That all changed the next year with the addition of the Sydney Poker Championship, which quickly became one of the most sought-after titles on the national tournament scene.

The inaugural version of the Sydney Champs paid tribute to some of the biggest names in NSW poker with events named in honour of Grant Levy, Eric Assadourian and “Toothpick Tony”. A huge field of 324 players contested the first Main Event, with Jarred Graham saluting the judge to claim the first prize of more than $120,000.

Andrew Capelin ensured the Sydney Champs Main Event title returned home in 2010 when he captured the biggest win of his career while Milan Gurung placed runner-up after finishing third to Graham in 2009.

Last year, Errolyn Strang joined one of the most select clubs in Aussie poker when she emerged victorious over a field of 315 rivals in the 2011 Sydney Champs Main Event to earn a first prize just shy of $120,000. Only a handful of female players have won a major Australian title.

The $1650 buy-in Main Event will again be the highlight of the 12-day Sydney Champs which kicks-off at The Star on August 1. The series starts with the ever-popular $330 NLHE Opening Event – an extra evening flight has been added to cater to the huge demand for seats.

PokerMedia Australia is honoured to again have our name attached to the $1100 No Limit Hold’em Special Event, which will be held on August 5-6. Other features of the 2012 Sydney Champs schedule include a $550 NLHE Bounty Event, $550 NLHE Six-handed, $440 NLHE Teams, a unique $500 NLHE ‘Late Night’ event, $5K Challenge and $440 Pot Limit Omaha. Continuing our proud association with The Star, PMA will be reporting live throughout the 2012 Sydney Poker Championship.

2012 Sydney Champs schedule

August 1

6.15pm Event 1: $330 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event day 1 flight 1

August 2

6.15pm Event 1: $330 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event (repechage) day 1 flight 2

August 3

12.30pm Event 1: $330 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event (repechage) day 1 flight 3

August 4

12.30pm Event 1: $330 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event (repechage) day 2

August 5

12.30pm Event 2: $1100 PokerMedia Australia No Limit Hold’em Special
4pm Event 1: $330 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event final table
6.15pm $300 Sydney Champs Mega Satellite

August 6

12.30pm Event 3: $550 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Event
4pm Event 2: $1100 PokerMedia Australia No Limit Hold’em Special final table
6.15pm $300 Sydney Champs Mega Satellite

August 7

12.30pm Event 4: $550 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed
6.15pm Event 5: $440 No Limit Hold’em Teams event

August 8

12.30pm Event 6: $440 Pot Limit Omaha
4pm Event 4: $550 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed final table
6.15pm $300 Sydney Champs Mega Satellite

August 9

12.30pm $300 Sydney Champs Last Chance Mega Satellite
6.15pm Event 7: $1650 Sydney Champs Main Event No Limit Hold’em day 1 flight 1

August 10

12.30pm Event 7: $1650 Sydney Champs Main Event No Limit Hold’em day 1 flight 2

August 11

12.30pm Event 7: $1650 Sydney Champs Main Event No Limit Hold’em day 2
4pm $550 $5K Challenge No Limit Hold’em Satellite
9.30pm Event 8: $500 Late Night Poker No Limit Hold’em

August 12

12.30pm Event 9: $220 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha
2pm Event 7: $1650 Sydney Champs Main Event No Limit Hold’em day 3/final table
4pm: Event 10: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Challenge



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