MEDIA RELEASE: 2012 DPA Championship moving from Gold Coast to Brisbane

Media release

The 2012 DPA Championship (formerly known as the Australian Deaf Poker Championship) has been given an overhaul, with a new name to complement the event’s move from the Gold Coast to Brisbane.

The new moniker, which was suggested by DPA Treasurer Mark Theodossiou, was chosen for its simplicity and marketability, while still being easily identified as the marquee event for deaf and hearing-impaired poker players both in Australia and overseas.

“The name change makes perfect sense,” DPA President Sokong Kim said. “It reflects DPA’s ongoing commitment to provide a professional poker event for our players, and incorporates our name into the event – one which has gone from strength to strength over its short but incredible history.”

The name change was brought forward to coincide with another major announcement: the transition of the 2012 DPA Championship from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. Due to major renovation works at Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast, it was necessary for the Echo Entertainment Group (which owns Jupiters, Treasury and The Star in Sydney) to make this decision. As a result, the Jupiters Poker Room has been effectively shut down.

However, the DPA Committee have been working closely with casino management to arrange for DPAC 2012 to be moved to its sister property, the historic Treasury Casino & Hotel Brisbane.

“The DPA Committee are very grateful for the support of both Jupiters and Treasury in ensuring that DPAC 2012 will remain in the host state of Queensland,” Kim said.

“We understand that the decision was beyond the casino management’s control and hopefully, the DPAC will return to Jupiters in the future once the renovations are complete.”

The move does not affect those who have already pre-purchased their seats for the DPAC 2012 Main Event: their buy-ins will be honoured and their seats secured. Furthermore, players are still able to pre-purchase their seats via DPA and the original dates (October 12-14) remain unchanged, which has helped in making the transition between the casinos as smooth as possible.

“The DPA Committee understands that there are concerns, particularly with players have already booked flights and accommodation to the Gold Coast,” DPA Tournament Director Landon Blackhall said.

“However, we have sent out a DPAC 2012 Information Sheet to all our players, providing detailed information on the most frequently asked questions. We will also continue to provide further updates on our Facebook pages, our website and via email as they come to hand.”

2012 DPA Championship schedule

October 12 (11am) No Limit Hold’em Open Event

October 12 (7pm) Welcome Night

October 13 (11.30am) $100 DPA Championship Main Event (10,000 starting stack, 20-minute levels, entry open to DEAF/HOH/HI players)

October 14 (11am) No Limit Hold’em Open Event

For further information about the 2012 DPA Championship in Brisbane, visit our official Facebook page, check out our website ( or email

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