The pub poker spotlight remains on the Newcastle region this weekend for the first major championship on the Aussie Hold’em schedule for 2013.
The Newcastle Poker Championships Summer Series, which started on Wednesday night at Club Macquarie, aims to give regional players the opportunity to play in a world-class series of events at a local level.
Aussie Hold’em’s Marty Wooster said the events at each series are carefully chosen in consultation with players to offer value, variety and serious competition.
“Over the next few years we aim to continue to deliver the best structured, professionally run tournaments players can ever experience outside of the major world tournaments such as WSOP and the Aussie Millions,” Wooster said.
The 2013 Summer Series features five events that, for the first time, includes a H.O.P “Dealers Choice” $22 + rebuy event as well as a $55 deep stack, $55 Teams Event, a $165 Main Event and a $550 High Roller event.
NPC regular Linda Wooster took out the opening event on the schedule, which was $20 + $2 “Dealers Choice” H.O.P. Cubed Event, with a guarantee of $1500. The dealer had a choice to change the game to Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha or Pineapple.
Last night (Thursday), a big field turned out for the $50 + $5 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Deep Stack with antes, offering a guaranteed prizepool of $2000. Others events on the NPC Summer Series slate include:
7.30pm (registration from 6.30pm, late registration for one hour) Event 3: $50 + $5 No Limit Hold’em Two-player Teams Event ($2000 guarantee); each player receives a $20 “Lifeline Chip” which will allow them to buy back in once per player; teams with unused Lifeline Chips will be able to use them to buy a bonus add-on at the first break.
2pm (registration from 1pm, late registration for two hours) Event 4: $150 + $15 No Limit Hold’em Main Event ($5000 guarantee); this event runs over two days with 30-minute blind levels and a 20,000 start stack; day two play starts at noon.
2pm (late registration to the end of the first break) $550 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Event (interested players contact (02) 4958 7676 for more information; the event will feature 30-minute levels, a 20,000 start stack, antes from level four and dealers at every table!