In 2009, the inaugural Australian Deaf Poker Championship was held in Sydney. 88 players travelled from across the land to participate in the ﬁrst tournament of its kind ever held in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fast forward to 2013 – now known as the Deaf Poker Australia (DPA) Championship, this one-of-a-kind event has returned to where it all began, having evolved into a staple on the Australian poker calendar, attracting players from New Zealand and catering to Deaf and hearing players alike in a world-class setting without the price tag.
This year, The Star Casino will be playing host to what is anticipated as the biggest and most popular series yet, as the DPA Championship coincides with the NSW Deaf Society Centenary celebrations and the World Federation of the Deaf Conference during the month of October.
“The 2013 DPA Championship will be unlike any other,” DPA President Sokong Kim said. “I’m deﬁnitely looking forward to ‘The Big Dance’ at The Star – it truly is a wonderful venue and to hold the Fifth Anniversary Edition of the DPA Championship there is beyond our wildest dreams.”
The 2013 DPA Championship will once again feature a three-tournament schedule, with two side events open to all players. The action will begin on October 25 with the ever-popular Teams Event and then capped off with a special no-rake High Roller Bounty Event on October 27 – the most expensive buy-in event in DPA history.
“The DPA High Roller Bounty Event is a fantastic opportunity for the wider poker community to give back and support us in our work,” DPA Tournament Director, Landon Blackhall, said. “This event offers incredible value – $400 goes into the prize pool, $100 is offered up as a bounty on every player and the remaining $100 is donated to Deaf Poker Australia.”
However, the highly-anticipated DPA Championship Main Event on October 26 will see Australia’s best Deaf poker players battle it out in what promises to be the most memorable tournament to date.
“The 2012 DPA Championship Main Event in Brisbane attracted 89 players, which was our biggest ﬁeld ever,” said Kim, “but we expect to break the 100-player barrier this year. The Deaf community continues to play an important part in developing the game, and with strong state-based competitions now established in the ﬁve major capitals (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney), it proves that poker is as popular as it’s ever been.”
2013 DPA Championship schedule
Friday, October 25, 4.30pm
Event 1: No Limit Hold’em Teams Event ($220 buy-in ($200 + $20), 8000 starting stack, 20-minute levels; entry is open to Deaf and hearing players)
Saturday, October 26, 12.30pm
Event 2: 2013 DPA Championship Main Event ($100 buy-in ($85 + $15), 15,000 starting stack, 20-minute levels; entry is exclusive to Deaf and Hearing Impaired (HI) players; advance registration now open – contact DPA for details)
Sunday, October 27 (12.30pm)
Event 3: DPA High Roller Bounty No Limit Hold’em ($600 buy-in ($400 + $100 + $100), 10,000 starting stack, 40-minute levels; entry is open to Deaf and hearing players)
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