The biggest 20 weeks in the history of Australian poker is about to kick-off. It all starts with the Star Poker Summer Series before the Aussie Millions then the most anticipated event ever played in Australia – the WSOP Asia Pacific.
These events will form a timely boost for our local poker market as detailed in the latest edition of The Real Deal, Australia’s premier poker, sport and lifestyle magazine (access free online here, subscribe here for a printed copy, or pick up a limited edition at The Star).
We preview the Star Poker Summer Series and Aussie Millions in detail and, as confirmed by our sister website PokerMedia Australia in recent days, the WSOP APAC schedule will be announced before the end of 2012.
It’s been an equally pivotal period on the global stage with Greg Merson crowned the 2012 WSOP Main Event after a dramatic finale in Las Vegas while Phil Hellmuth collected an historic 13th gold bracelet after a stunning win in the WSOP Europe Main Event. We speak with both champions in this edition.
The Real Deal also looks at the latest news in poker; from the return of Full Tilt Poker to the Poker Hall of Fame’s latest inductees and reports on pub poker’s two biggest tournaments – MAIN EVENT II and the NPL500.
Our Upgrade section is highlight by an irreverent journey to find the ‘Big Things of Australia’, we dine out at Merrywell, check out some of the great cars of the past 50 years of James Bond movies and consider whether gold is a worthy addition to your investment portfolio.
Laurie Daley speaks exclusively to The Real Deal about his new role as NSW Origin coach to open our Sportsbook section. We celebrate Green Moon’s victory in the Melbourne Cup in the latest stop on our Ultimate Sporting Tour and go ‘Beyond the Back Page’ with darts sensation Simon “The Wizard” Whitlock.
Also check out some great Christmas ideas for the poker player in your household along with some unique promotions thanks to our new sports betting partner Centrebet.
On behalf of everyone at The Real Deal and PokerMedia Australia, we’d like to wish you and your families a safe holiday season and all the best for 2013. And come up and say hi to the team during the Star Poker Summer Series, as we’ll be reporting live during the Main Event from December 6-9.