After 12 months of planning and preparation, the 2012 Deaf Poker Australia Championship kick-off tonight (Friday) at the Treasury Casino and Hotel in Brisbane.
In addition to the DPA Championship Main Event tomorrow (Saturday), two side events have been added – a No Limit Hold’em Teams Event tonight and a Turbo No Limit Hold’em Event on Sunday.
While entry into the Main Event remains exclusive to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) and Hearing Impaired (HI) players, the side events are open to both deaf and hearing players, which will prove a positive step in bridging the gap between the Deaf and hearing communities.
“We are so excited to introduce side events to DPAC in order to provide an opportunity for our players to compete against the mainstream in a major tournament setting,” DPA President Sokong Kim said.
“We are hopeful that this will result in increased player numbers, but we’re conﬁdent that the side events will raise DPA’s proﬁle in the poker industry.”
Up to eight players from New Zealand have also registered for this year’s Main Event, with more lining up to take the trip across the Tasman in the hope of becoming the ﬁrst-ever international DPAC Champion.
“We have been in close contact with the New Zealand Deaf community, helping them establish organised poker competition in Auckland this year,” Kim said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them take part in DPAC for the ﬁrst time, but I’m really excited about catching up with everyone to share in the big pots and bad beat stories. There’s nothing like having a good yarn!”
2012 DPA Championship schedule
Friday, October 12
6.30pm Event 1 $200 No Limit Hold’em Teams Event (6000 starting stack, 20-minute levels)
Saturday, October 13
12.30pm Event 2 $100 DPA Championship Main Event (10,000 starting stack, 20-minute levels; Entry exclusive to Deaf, Hard of Hearing (HOH) and Hearing Impaired (HI) players
Sunday, October 14
12.30pm Event 3 $150 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (5000 starting stack, 15-minute levels)
About Deaf Poker Australia: Established in 2008, Deaf Poker Australia (DPA) is a non-proﬁt organisation that aims to promote and develop poker within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community around Australia. Similar organisations have been established throughout North America and Europe, providing poker tournaments to Deaf/HI/HOH players and catering to the ever-growing popularity of poker throughout the world. The unique feature of all these tournaments is the ability for players to use Auslan (Australian Sign Language), as well as English, at the tables. The DPA is continuing to look for support in order to develop their events and activities within the Australian Deaf community. If you would like to assist us, or seek further information, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, log onto www.deafpoker.com.au, ﬁnd our ofﬁcial Page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@DeafPokerAUS).