PUB POKER: From Monaco to Moe; it’s the game we love

One of the most prestigious titles on offer, the European Poker Tour Grand Final, is currently up for grabs in the spiritual home of gaming in Europe, Monte Carlo in Monaco.

A world away from the French Riviera, the passion for the game will be just as genuine at the Moe Hotel tomorrow for the first running of the Gippsland Poker Championship.

Shannon Murphy and his team have worked tirelessly in recent weeks to satellite players from as far afield as Bairnsdale to Wonthaggi to this event, and he expects a field of more than 100 to attend.

“Poker has been played all over Gippsland for a long time now, but we’ve never had our own championships. We thought it was about time to have one given its popularity in the area,” Murphy told the Latrobe Valley Express.

Scores of players have already qualified for the Gippsland Poker Championship but buy-ins ($110) will be accepted from 6pm. Players will start with 20,000 in chips, with levels of 20 minutes. Murphy is quietly confident that the prizepool will reach $10,000. The Moe Hotel is at 45 Lloyd St.

• Many of the players who’ll battle for the Gippsland Poker Championship will have an early start on Sunday morning having qualified for the Victorian State Championship.

The PMA live reporting team will be on hand to cover the action as players from across Victoria vie for a share of the $25,000 guaranteed prizepool, including eight MAIN EVENT seats, at the Dingley International on Sunday.

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