MAIN EVENT: 888PL, APL & Pub Poker qualifiers heading to Melbourne

The bar was unquestionably raised for Australian poker earlier this year when players under the Full House Group banner – representing the 888PL, APL and Pub Poker brands for the first time since they were merged – amassed at Crown Melbourne for the first running of The MAIN EVENT.

Although this was a new tournament, The MAIN EVENT carried on a proud tradition of qualification-only major events offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizemoney dating back to the earliest days of the industry more than six years ago.

It also marked a new standard for players to aim among the myriad games offered by the leagues – from nightly free games through to regional and special events and State Championships.

The first MAIN EVENT attracted a massive field of 559 players set off in pursuit of a slice of the $559,000 prizepool, which included a $15,000 Aussie Millions package plus a magnificent ruby-encrusted $8000 championship bracelet.

After three testing days of deep stack poker, Wollongong’s Nathan Gauci etched his place in Australian poker history as the inaugural MAIN EVENT champion.

Continuing a long line of champion poker players from Wollongong, Gauci won a $120,000 prize package that included a $15,000 TeamAUSSIEMILLIONS package plus an $8000 MAIN EVENT bracelet while Sydney grandmother Marion Fisher was more than happy to sign the payout sheet to secure her $85,000 package.

The second edition of The MAIN EVENT, which kicks-off on Thursday will again offer a guaranteed prize pool of at least $100,000 for first place, and capped at 600 runners, Full House Group is once again expecting a great turnout.

The structure of the September MAIN EVENT differs slightly from the first event. Players from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia will feature in the opening day one flight before qualifiers from NSW, Queensland and WA take their seats for flight two.

State rivalry will then come to the fore on day two when the field comes together for the race to the line and the title of MAIN EVENT II champion.


Wednesday, September 5

12.10pm Midday Madness (open to all players)
2pm Main Event Player Registration (Vic, SA & Tas players only)
4.10pm Main Event Qualifier (FHG Players only)
6.10pm Wednesday Wonder/Main Event Warm Up (open/FHG only)

Thursday, September 6

9am Main Event Player Registration (all players)
12.10pm Main Event Day 1 Flight 1 (Vic, SA & Tas qualifiers only)
12.30pm Midday Madness (open to all players)
6.10pm Thursday Thriller (open to all players)
7.10pm Last Chance Main Event Qualifier (FHG players only)

Friday, September 7

9am Main Event Player Registration (NSW, QLD & WA players only)
12.10pm Main Event Day 1 Flight 2 (NSW, QLD & WA players qualifiers only)
12.30pm Midday Madness (open to all players)
4.10pm Main Event Partners Event (FHG players only)
6.10pm Fast Friday (open to all players)

Saturday, September 8

10.10am Main Event Day 2 (qualifiers only)
12.10pm Rebuy Mayhem (open to all players)
2.10pm Main Event Terminator (FHG players only)
4.10pm Timeout Tournament (open to all players)
8pm Main Event Players Party (invitation only)

Sunday, September 9

10.10am Main Event Day 3 (qualifiers only)
12.10pm Sunday Deepstack (open to all players)
4.10pm Sunday Second Chance (open to all players)
6.10pm Industry Employees Satellite (poker industry only)

* Details of the structure may change at any time at the discretion of Full House Group and/or Crown

• PokerMedia Australia is proud to be the official media partner of The MAIN EVENT. Australia’s premier poker media organisation will have its live reporting team on-site throughout The MAIN EVENT to report on all the action. The boys from The Rail, Australia’s only poker podcast dedicated to Australian pub poker, will also be broadcasting from The MAIN EVENT while the 888PL and APL Live Reporting Facebook pages will have regular updates live from Crown Melbourne.

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