SPSS TODAY: Nov 29; solid start to Opening Event

The Opening Event of the 2012 Star Poker Summer Series is well on track to smash through last year’s field of 583 players after 277 players took their seats for the first of three day one flights at The Star last night.

Just 48 players will be back for day two on Saturday after surviving 11 levels of 40-minutes in the $330 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. Thanks to the Repechage format, many of the players KOed last night were expected to be back for tonight’s second flight, while the third flight is scheduled to start at 12.30pm tomorrow (Friday).

Event two on the Star Poker Summer Series schedule is one of the more innovative tournaments played as part of a major Australian series. Starting tomorrow night (Friday) at 10pm, the $500 Late Night Poker tournament is a No Limit Hold’em affair featuring 25-minute levels and a starting stack of 8000.

• In other news from The Star, Sydney’s premium entertainment destination, will host a special Christmas shopping event on Thursday, December 13, from 6-8.30pm.

The evening will feature exclusive offers from The Star’s retail collection as well as bubbles, Christmas treats from Adriano Zumbo, DJs, and performances from professional ice skaters on a custom built ice rink installed for the event.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to fill their stockings with a host of one-night-only discount offers available. Offers include: 30 per cent off CK Jeans, 20 per cent off GStar, 15 per cent off at IM Lingerie and 25 per cent off at designer boutique, Moda Emporio which stocks labels including Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Giuseppe Zanotti and Marc Jacobs.

In addition, there is a chance to win an extra special Christmas present with a Gucci handbag worth more than $3000 up for grabs on the night. Plus, for the hard-to-buy person in your family, there is 20 per cent off The Star Gift Cards.

The event follows The Star’s last retail night in July where more than 2000 shoppers enjoyed the special offers available. The Star’s retail collection is located on Level G, via The Star’s harbour side entry, off Pirrama Road, Pyrmont. Parking is free of charge for shoppers who spend $100 or more on the night.

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