PUB POKER: Newcastle Poker Champs celebrate seventh year

Almost 12 months has passed since Mick Gallen pocketed the first prize of $10,000 after being crowned the Aussie Hold’em Newcastle Poker Championships (NPC) Main Event champion.

Gallen defeated Leanne Haas heads-up in last year’s NPC finale to join an honour roll that includes Steve Cockerill (2007), Mark Blandon (2008), Chris Rowlands (2009), Ken Curry (2010) and Dean Allison (2011).

The countdown to the 2013 NPC is well underway with 10 events scheduled over 10 days from June 7-16. PokerMedia Australia is delighted to confirm that we will be providing live coverage of the Main Event and High Roller tournament, with thanks to the team from Aussie Hold’em Poker.

This series, one of the most innovative on the Australian pub/club poker, has again moved with the times. The Main Event buy-in has been reduced to $165 and will follow the increasingly popular accumulator format. Players can enter one, two or all three of the day one flights, with their accumulated chips carrying into day two. The Main Event has a $20,000 guaranteed prizepool.

The NPC will again be played at Club Macquarie in Argenton. Aussie Hold’em’s Alex Wooster said the club has done more for poker than any other club in the region.

“We are proud to welcome Club Macquarie as the new home of Aussie Hold’em Poker. In the lead-up to the 2013 Newcastle Poker Championships, players can participate in as many as seven regular games from Friday to Sunday every weekend with great jackpot bonuses and special prizes on top of big nightly prize pools,” Wooster said.

“The club and its staff are in tune to the needs of poker players at major tournaments like the NPC meaning we don’t need to structure our tournaments to finish at a set time – they can play to a natural conclusion.”

Players will have the chance to test the water before the NPC at the Tournament of Champions on Sunday, June 2. There is a $5000 guaranteed prizepool including nine NPC7 Main Event seats. Players yet to qualify can buy-in for $50 while two $20 Lifeline options will be available.

NPC7 schedule

June 7 (7pm) Event 1: NLH Freeroll with $10 rebuys ($3000 guaranteed prizepool; starting stack 2000; two-day event; unlimited $10 rebuys up to the first break followed by single, double or triple add-on option before the start of level four)

June 8 (4pm) Event 2: $22 NLH Lifeline Event ($2000 guaranteed prizepool; starting stack 5000; each player has two “lifeline” chips added to their start stack which can be used for either 2 x $20 re-buys, 2 x $20 add-ons or one of each)

June 9 (1pm) Event 3: $33 NLH Heads Up Championship ($1000 guaranteed prizepool)

June 9 (7pm) Event 4: $22 Team HOP Event w/ 3 x $20 Lifeline options ($2000 guaranteed prizepool; starting stack 5000 per player; three players per team each playing Hold’em Omaha or Pineapple;  lifeline chips include an “intact chips at the break” bonus option)

June 10 (5pm) Event 5: $66 Six-max Deep Stack w/ antes ($3000 guaranteed prizepool; starting stack 10,000)

June 11 (7pm) Event 6: $33 Pot Limit Omaha ($1000 guaranteed prizepool; starting stack 5000)

June 12 (7pm) Event 7: $80 NLH Bounty ($3000 guaranteed prizepool; starting stack 8000; $50 goes to the prize pool; there is a $25 bounty on every player)

June 13 (7pm) Event 8: $33 Dealer’s Choice HOP ($1500 guaranteed prizepool; starting stack 8000; the dealer chooses between Hold’em, Omaha or Pineapple)

June 14-16 Event 9: $165 NLH Main Event (flight 1 – June 14, 7pm; flight 2 – June 15, 1pm; flight 3 – June 15, 7pm, day 2 – June 16, noon; players can enter all three flights with total chips combined for day 2; $20,000 guaranteed prizepool; 20,000 starting stack)

June 16 (4pm) Special Event: $550 High Roller (starting stack 30,000; 30-minute levels, antes at level 5, dealers at every table)

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