One of the most enduring events on the Australian casino poker calendar, the Western Classic, is underway in Perth. It’s the first major series to be played under the Crown Perth banner since the re-branding of the former Burswood Casino in recent months.
The series unofficially kicked-off during the week with the annual Pink Poker Tournament with the poker room transformed into a sea of pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
It was a huge night with some of Perth’s finest personalities, best poker players and beginners all taking to the felt to raise money for vital research into breast cancer.
The target was to exceed last year’s amount of $18,400 and through the amazing generosity of the players, personalities and the sponsors a staggering $26,162 was raised.
The opening events of the Western Classic were held yesterday with 134 players taking to the felt for the $25 No Limit Hold’em Second Chance event before another big field signed up for the $150 Pot Limit Omaha rebuy tournament.
Over the next week, events scheduled included No Limit Hold’em rebuy, Terminator, Teams, Ladies and Six-handed events leading up the highlights of the week – the $2200 Western Classic Main Event and $5000 buy-in High Stakes tournament.
Western Classic schedule
12.30pm Event 1: $250 No Limit Hold’em 2nd Chance
7pm Event 2: $150 Pot Limit Omaha (w/ $100 rebuys & single/double add-on)
2.10pm Event 3: $150 No Limit Hold’em w/ $100 rebuys & single/double add-on)
12.30pm $240 Super Satellite
6.30pm $275 Event 4: $275 No Limit Hold’em Terminator
12.30pm $520 Super Satellite High Stakes
6.30pm Event 5: $330 No Limit Hold’em
12.30pm Event 6: $2200 Western Classic Main Event day 1A
7pm $460 Last Chance Satellite
12.30pm Event 6: $2200 Western Classic Main Event day 1B
7.30pm Event 7: $550 Teams No Limit Hold’em
12.30pm Event 6: $2200 Western Classic Main Event day 2
7pm Event 8: $150 No Limit Hold’em Ladies Event
12.30pm Event 6: $2200 Western Classic Main Event day 3
7pm Event 9: $5000 High Stakes No Limit Hold’em
2.10pm Event 6: $2200 Western Classic Main Event final table
3pm Event 10: $550 No Limit Hold’em six-handed