CROWN: Melbourne Champs schedule announced for 2012

The Melbourne Poker Championship holds a special place in local poker history. It pre-dates the first Aussie Millions by several months (David Szetho won the first title in 2002, defeating a field of 66 to win a modest $6930) and was the first major local title that a female player won (Stella Coe in 2004).

It’s also been a testing ground for some of the most innovative tournament formats anywhere in the world, and that tradition is being continued in 2012. This year’s Melbourne Poker Championship boasts 10 official tournaments ranging from the $200 No Limit Hold’em Mega Stack to the $1100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event.

New to the schedule is a $400 Turbo Terminator, with $100 allotted for every player. Also a first on any Australian Championship schedule is an “Ante Up”. Under this format the blind stays at the minimum while the antes are raised every level.

There is also a new twist on an old favourite with this year’s Teams Event open to teams of two or three players. Teammates will change after each orbit on their table with no teammate allowed to play more than one consecutive orbit.

The 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship will feature two major events with the $550 Joe Hachem Deep Stack (JHDS) 9 scheduled as the opening event. No longer part of the Crown schedule as a complete series, the $550 JHDS event features a repechage format, just like the $1100 Main Event.

Other highlights of the 2012 schedule include the $200 Mega Stack No Limit Hold’em, a $340 Seven-Game Mixed Event, 550 Pot Limit Omaha (double chance format) and No Limit Hold’em bounty and six-handed events.

Melbourne Poker Championship schedule

May 3

10.10am $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
12.10pm $130 JHDS Supershot
2.10pm $130 JHDS Supershot
4.10pm $130 JHDS Supershot
7.10pm Event 1: $550 Joe Hachem Deep Stack IX day 1 flight 1
10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1

May 4

10.10am $130 JHDS Supershot
12.10pm Event 1: $550 Joe Hachem Deep Stack IX day 1 flight 2
2.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
4.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
7.10pm $250 Melbourne Champs Step 2
10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1

May 5

10.10am $130 JHDS Supershot
12.10pm Event 1: $550 Joe Hachem Deep Stack IX day 1 flight 3
2.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
4.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
7.10pm $250 Melbourne Champs Step 2
10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1

May 6

10.10am $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
12.10pm Event 2: $200 No Limit Hold’em Megastack
12.30pm Event 1: $550 Joe Hachem Deep Stack IX day 2
4.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
6.10pm Event 3: $300 No Limit Hold’em Non-Stop Turbo Teams Event
10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1

May 7

10.10am $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
12.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
2.10pm Event 4: $340 Seven-game Mixed Event
4.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
7.10pm $250 Melbourne Champs Step 2
10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1

May 8

10.10am $130 Melbourne Champs Side Event Supershot
12.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
2.10pm Event 5: $550 Pot Limit Omaha (double chance format)
4.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
7.10pm $250 Melbourne Champs Step 2
10pm $130 Melbourne Champs Side Event Supershot

May 9

12.10am $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
10.10am $130 Melbourne Champs Side Event Supershot
12.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
2.10pm Event 6: $550 No Limit Hold’em w/ Bounties
4.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
7.10pm $250 Melbourne Champs Step 2
10.10pm $130 Melbourne Champs Side Event Supershot

May 10

10.10am $130 Melbourne Champs Side Event Supershot
2.10pm Event 7: $550 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed
4.10pm $250 Melbourne Champs Step 2
7.10pm Event 8: $1100 Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event day 1 flight 1
10pm $130 Melbourne Champs Super Satellite

May 11

10.10am $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
12.10pm Event 8: $1100 Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event day 1 flight 2 (repechage)
2.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
4.10pm $65 Melbourne Champs Step 1
7.10pm $250 Melbourne Champs Step 2
10pm $130 Melbourne Champs Super Satellite

May 12

10.10am $130 Melbourne Champs Super Satellite
12.10pm Event 8: $1100 Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event day 1 flight 3 (repechage)
2.10pm $100 Terminator Qualifier
4.10pm $100 Terminator Qualifier
7.10pm $160 APPT Melbourne Step 2
10.10pm $100 Terminator Qualifier

May 13

10.10am $100 Terminator Qualifier
12.30pm Event 8: $1100 Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event day 2
2.10pm $160 APPT Melbourne Step 2
3pm Event 9: $400 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Terminator
4.10pm $700 APPT Melbourne Step 3
6.10pm Event 10: $200 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Ante up

May 14

2.10pm Event 8: $1100 Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event day 3/final table

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