The World Poker Tour is heading to Australia.
Star Entertainment Group and the WPT announced on Wednesday a historic partnership that will see the famous poker tour head Down Under for the very first WPT Australia festival at The Star Gold Coast from 27 September to 7 October 2019.
The 10-event schedule will feature buy-ins ranging from AU$330 to AU$5,000, headlined by the AU$2,500 Main Event starting from 4 October.
“The World Poker Tour is proud to add WPT Australia to our roster of wonderful global events and The Star Gold Coast as a casino partner,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the WPT. “As a native Australian, I am thrilled to have a WPT event take place in my home country and even more pleased to have it hosted at such a wonderful property.”
Geoff Hogg, Managing Director Queensland, The Star Gold Coast, added, “The Star Gold Coast and the nation of Australia welcome the World Poker Tour to our home for what is a monumental partnership.
“The Star Gold Coast has been transformed over the past three years and continues to evolve, with levels of investment that position us as a world-class global tourism destination. Australia is one of the top nations for poker in the world and this event further establishes The Star Gold Coast as a leader in the industry.”
The Star Gold Coast, formerly known as Jupiters, has recently completed an AU$850 million transformation of its facilities, including upgrades to its existing 596 hotel rooms, the launch of luxury all-suite hotel The Darling and opening of a spectacular new rooftop venue called Nineteen at The Star.
Star Entertainment Group has also unveiled an AU$2 billion masterplan that could see another five hotels built in Broadbeach should it be given the green light.
PokerMedia Australia understands The Star Gold Coast will be releasing further details on its plans to bring poker to life on the coastal Queensland strip in the coming days.