The Star, venue for tomorrow’s Star Poker Summer Series Main Event
New look, new brand, new hotel, new team, fresh start – welcome to PMA’s coverage of the $5000 buy-in Star Poker Summer Series Main Event, which kicks-off with the first of two day one flights at 12.30pm (AEDST) tomorrow (Thursday).
There’s plenty of buzz in the room about the local sporting stars who’ll be joining Australia’s best poker players on the felt tomorrow, including Waratahs and Wallabies duo Benn Robinson and Drew Mitchell along with Kangaroos Anthony Watmough (Manly) and West Tigers pair Robbie Farah and Chris Lawrence (Wests Tigers).
We’ll also be keeping an eye out for Triple M’s Dead Set Legends Ray Warren and Dan Ginnane while The Grill Team’s Gus Worland is also expected to take his seat in the Main Event. We’re also expecting to see Eels duo Tim Mannah and Jarryd Hayne playing in flight two.
Since we were last here for a major poker tournament series, quite a bit has changed. Firstly, Star City is now known as The Star, and the property’s staggering $870 million transformation is almost complete.
Those of you who’ve been here before would barely recognise the complex, which is now reorientated to embrace Sydney and Darling harbours and the city skyline. The two most obvious changes are the stunning new harbourside frontage made up of 147 flags of clear glass, which form a giant screen on which a spectacular visual display unfolds, and the addition of Sydney’s newest hotel, The Darling, where we are fortunate enough to be staying.
We’ll be highlighting many of the features of The Star over the coming days as part of our coverage, but our focus for the moment is on the Star Poker Room where play is into the latter stages of the $660 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event and the $440 Teams Event is about to kick-off before the Main Event kicks-off to.
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