The Australian Poker League has announced the cancellation of this year’s APL Million at The Star Gold Coast due to growing uncertainty around the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.
In yet another devastating blow to the Australian poker scene following the news earlier this month that the Sydney Champs would be postponed, the APL confirmed Wednesday that it was also unable to proceed with its flagship event, scheduled to run from 11 to 23 August.
PokerMedia Australia understands it to be a full cancelation rather than a postponement, with the APL Million likely return in Sydney in March 2022.
“We are devastated to be in a position where making this decision is necessary,” said APL Major Events Director Joel Williams.
“The APL Million has always been an inclusive event and there is simply too much uncertainty at present that may result in a large portion of the poker community missing out.
“Plans are now underway to establish the next edition of the hugely popular series as soon as possible.”
With the APL Million cancelled and Sydney Champs postponed indefinitely, the recent WPT DeepStacks at The Star Gold Coast remains the only major casino-based tournament series to have been held in Australia since the last APL Million in March 2020.
The WPT has announced plans to host a main tour stop at The Star Gold Coast in October but has yet to confirm dates. It is not yet known whether Sydney’s COVID outbreak will also impact the WPT event.