Around 500 of Queensland’s top poker players are expected to descend on Brisbane’s Kedron Wavell Services Club on Saturday (October 15) for the 888Poker League (888PL) and Australian Poker League’s (APL) $20,000 State Championship series.
The APL and 888PL State Championships series have formed the breeding ground for many of Australia’s aspiring poker stars including Sarah Loft from Brisbane, Ben Eldon from Tweed Heads and Sydney’s Charlie Elias who won $USD 138,000 representing the country at World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Event host Sean Everett says his hopes are pinned on the 888PL reigning State Champ Julie Richardson from the Gold Coast but that Ake Pettersen from Ipswich and Shaun Elliot from Mackay who recently turned Pro after winning the 888PL Grand Final’s $50,000 first prize will also be ones to watch closely.
As well as a generous cash component, there will be eight seats to the MAIN EVENT awarded to the top performing players. Presented by Full House Group, owners of 888PL and APL, the MAIN EVENT will be held at Crown Casino in Melbourne in February 2012, where an estimated $500,000 prize pool will be up for grabs.
Full House Group is one of the largest suppliers to the hospitality and entertainment industry and purchased APL – the world’s largest poker league in July this year. Co-founder and CEO, Garry Nicholson is excited about this upcoming Queensland State Championships – the first dual-branded 888PL and APL event presented under their stewardship.
“Since Joe Hachem won the World Series of Poker, Texas Hold’em poker has taken Australia by storm and we love being part of it. Events such as the Queensland State Championships provide an ideal opportunity for us to discover Australia’s next poker super-star as well as providing our top players a chance to hone their skills on the felt. FHG has enjoyed a long association with Brisbane’s Kedron Wavell Services Club and we’re thrilled to be holding this great event there,” Mr Nicholson said.