Vote of confidence: APL Million on the verge of rewriting Australian poker history

Poker players from across the nation have voted with their feet for The APL Million, which is now well on track to become the largest-ever poker series ever held outside the confines of a casino.

The massive numbers witnessed across the board through the first five days has created huge buzz on social media, with all signs pointing to another big wave of contenders coming into Southport Sharks this week, bolstered by the staggering prize pool figures generated so far.

Coupled with the guaranteed million-dollar kitty for the APL Million Main Event and the expected turnout for the three remaining flights, as well as today’s Jackstar Super High Roller, sources close to PokerMedia Australia have estimated that the total pool for the series could be anywhere up to $5 million.

Of course, the biggest success story is that of the $2,500 buy-in Centurion, which was locked out last night at 284 entries to generate a total prize pool of $639,000 and obliterating all previous records set on the APL Poker Tour. Steven Swalling returns today as chip leader, with 24 players vying for a top prize of $152,000.

In other news, Western Australia continues to add more names to the APL Million winner’s circle, with Richard Valkru taking out the $1,100 NLH 6-Max Shot Clock before Dave Beckhaus went wire-to-wire in the finale of the NLH 120.

The potential was there for WA to achieve a clean sweep on Day 5, however Nichole Roberts closed out the Reduced Deck Hold’em, defeating fellow New South Welshman Danny Wood heads-up for the title, while Melbourne’s Sharon Hoy claimed victory in The Big 80, which brought in 366 entries for a total prize pool of almost $24,000.

PMA‘s exclusive media coverage of The APL Million continues today with Live Reporting of Day 3 of The Centurion and Day 1 of the Jackstar Super High Roller, along with our social media updates on the APL Facebook page and along side the feature table broadcast.

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