Some are calling it the “second wave”, the next step in the evolution of the Australian poker industry. News of the first World Series of Poker in the Asia-Pacific region has given Aussie poker a timely boost after a tough 12 months in the wake of Black Friday.
In the latest edition of The Real Deal, we examine two of the biggest announcements in Australian poker history – the 2013 WSOP APAC at Crown and the announcement that a trial of online poker is being considered as part of reform of the country’s outdated interactive gaming laws. Exciting times indeed!
You’ll also find all the details of the 2013 Aussie Millions, a complete preview of the upcoming Sydney Poker Champs, a rundown of the latest results from across the region and all the latest news from the poker world, including our regular pub poker feature including details of the next MAIN EVENT and NPL500.
Our cover story features the stunning victory of Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari in the biggest buy-in tournament ever played – the $1 million Big One for One Drop.
The Real Deal has all the news from this historic event, along with all the winners from the first 42 events on the 2012 WSOP schedule and a look at the highlights of the series so far, including some standout results for our Aussie players.
In our Upgrade section, we feature the stunning new resort of former Aussie Millions champ Lee “Final Table” Nelson and take a stroll through the wineries of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Meanwhile in Sportsbook, former ANZPT Player of the Year Tony Hachem chats with his good mate and AFL champion Gary Ablett jnr, our Ultimate Sports Tour features the men’s 100m at the Olympic Games while we go Beyond the Back Page with Australian harness racing’s own Facebook legend, Come On Frank!
We look forward to catching up with everyone at The Star during the Sydney Championships but in the meantime, enjoy our latest edition of Australia’s premier poker, sports and lifestyle magazine, The Real Deal.