Australian Poker Tour pulls pin on APT Gold Coast as rivals launch COVID comebacks

With the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic looming large, the Australian Poker Tour (APT) has cancelled its three-day series on the Gold Coast, scheduled to be held in September.

In a statement released on its facebook page on Thursday, the APT wrote, “We regret to inform that due to the current increase in public health concerns and continued venue restrictions with COVID-19, we unfortunately have to cancel the Southport Sharks Series in September.

“APT apologises to all our players and affiliates who were planning to travel from near and far. These are very difficult times navigating through [the pandemic].”

The response from players appears to be largely sympathetic, especially in the face of increasing community transmission throughout Victoria and New South Wales in recent weeks.

That hasn’t hampered the efforts of The Poker Palace at Club Marconi in Sydney, which has recently relaunched with a new regular series of events following a soft opening in late June. These include an $1,100 buy-in High Roller Event on Sundays.

There’s also been plenty of movement throughout Queensland, with several operators and card rooms now running weekly events, including the Australian Poker League (APL), MMM Entertainment, Check Raise Poker and Poker Republik.

The WPT League, however, faces its biggest test to date with the “Back to the Felt” Series set to launch at the iconic Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads.

From 17 to 19 July, players will have the chance to play for a share of $8,000 in total guaranteed prize pools, however each event can only seat a maximum of 66 players (plus alternates, subject to venue capacity).

All players will need to sign up or renew their Seagulls Club membership in order to participate, as well as register for a Queensland Border Pass if they are coming from interstate.

For more information, visit the WPT League’s event page on facebook.

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