PMA DIARY DATES: February 2023 Edition

As the Australian poker calendar continues to build, so too do the opportunities to secure the long-term future of the industry. In this month’s edition of PMA Diary Dates, we take a further look into what’s been happening and give our assessment on the state of the union, along with our most recent updated list of upcoming events.


FEBRUARY & MARCH: The times, they are a’changin’

Whilst other parts of the country have been able to capitalise on poker’s ‘Second Renaissance’ over the last three years, several full-time and professional players in Victoria and Western Australia have had to frequently travel elsewhere or even relocate entirely in order to make a living, while many more recreational players have had their options limited.

It’s not all bad news, however, as the Australian Poker League (APL) will be bringing their tour product back to Melbourne for the first time in more than 12 months. Still, with the current regulations in place by the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission, one could raise the question as to whether or not mid-tier poker festivals in the Garden State are sustainable in the long term.

Given that there has been a clear indication from Crown Resorts that tournament poker is unlikely to return in the foreseeable future, there is a growing call for change in both states, particularly from Western Australia, where regular gaming functions are subject to strict time limits and prize pool caps under the current Community Poker Policy.

As reported in yesterday’s Live Reporting coverage of the Hijack Poker Festival Main Event, PokerMedia Australia understands that local operators are planning to meet with government officials to discuss amending their state’s regulations to accommodate major mid-tier series akin to those over east, and in turn open up tourism opportunities both domestically and to the South-East Asian market.

Based on our discussions with players and industry figures in Perth over the last few days, there is ample support for the cause, and with entry and prize pool numbers at the APLPT Melbourne series expected to reach record highs, it will only further strengthen the argument in the industry’s favour for both states. PMA will bring you further updates on these developments in due course.

DatesEventVenueState/Country
16-26 FebKings Signature SeriesSt George LeaguesNew South Wales, AU
21-26 FebSPT HahndorfHahndorf Old Mill HotelSouth Australia, AU
23-26 FebNPL Sydney Super SeriesRichmond ClubNew South Wales, AU
23 Feb-6 MarWPT Prime Gold CoastThe Star Gold CoastQueensland, AU
14-19 MarAPLPT MelbourneClub Italia, SunshineVictoria, AU
15-26 MarWPT League Autumn FestivalWests Illawarra, UnaderraNew South Wales, AU
18-26 MarAPT Sydney Season VIThe Cube, CampbelltownNew South Wales, AU
16-20 MarWPT Prime Cambodia Main EventNagaWorld Integrated ResortPhonm Penh, KH
20-27 MarMatchroom Adelaide Poker SeriesMatchroom Poker, AdelaideSouth Australia, AU
22-26 Mar2023 Wellington Poker ChampionshipsChristchurch CasinoChristchurch, NZ
23 Mar-2 AprAsian Poker Tour Phu QuocCorona Resort & CasinoPhu Quoc, VN
30 Mar-2 AprNPL Sydney South West: The EmpiresAssyrian Sports & Cultural Club, Fairfield HeightsNew South Wales, AU
30 Mar-11 AprPoker Palace Autumn ChampionshipsClub Marconi, Bossley ParkNew South Wales, AU

APRIL & MAY: Sydney’s poker smorgasbord

The next few months in New South Wales are looking particularly busy in the lead-up to April, with the Australian Poker Tour (APT) Sydney in Campbelltown and World Poker Tour (WPT) League Illawarra Autumn Festival running concurrently before the return of the Poker Palace Autumn Championships at Club Marconi, followed by the WPT League Sydney Championship at St Johns Park Bowling Club.

With Star Poker Sydney having suggested that major branded tournament series are unlikely to return to the property in the next six months, this presents a window of opportunity for other operators to seize a further market share, particularly in the case of Poker Palace and the Pavilion Poker Room (WPT League), which are widely regarded as the two best independent card rooms in Sydney.

That being said, there is still a strong cash game and regular weekly tournament following at The Star – and if all works in their favour, may lead to the return of not only The Star Sydney Champs, but also the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit, which was relocated to the Gold Coast late last year due to operational restrictions imposed by the NSW Government.

Elsewhere, the APLPT returns to Southport Sharks in the last week of April, and then makes its debut in Rooty Hill in May, finishing up just days before the cards get in the air for the WSOP in Las Vegas. The WPT is also hosting two Prime events in India and Vietnam; more information, including the full series schedules, are now available at worldpokertour.com.

DatesEventVenueState/Country
13-17 AprWPT Prime India Main EventDeltin Royal CasinoGoa, IN
20 Apr-7 MayWPT League Championship SydneySt Johns Park Bowling ClubNew South Wales, AU
25-30 AprAPLPT QueenslandSouthport SharksQueensland, AU
28 Apr-7 MayAsian Poker Tour TaipeiCTP ClubTaipei City, TW
23-28 MayAPLPT SydneyWest HQ, Rooty HillNew South Wales, AU
25-29 MayWPT Prime Vietnam Main EventCrown Poker ClubHanoi, VN
30 May-18 Jul54th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP)Paris & Horseshoe Casinos, Las VegasNevada, US

JUNE & JULY: Take me home, country road

Although the winter months tend to be a bit quieter as players make the trek to Sin City, there are still plenty of opportunities for the low-to-mid-stakes grinders to win big at major events right around the country, including two of the most successful regional events in recent years.

Players throughout country Victoria, NSW and South Australia will be spoiled for choice, with the return of APLPT Albury and the Gambier Poker Johnnie Walker Classic, both being held on the King’s Birthday long weekend, before the third rendition of the APLPT Tasmania series at Wrest Point Hobart later in the month.

Then as the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas draws to a close, the black-and-green brigade will head back across the Bass Strait and up into SkyCity Adelaide for the first of two scheduled APLPT Adelaide festivals, with the second locked in for late October, which could be considered a sign of increased confidence in the burgeoning South Australian market.

Indeed, the proof is in the pudding, given that the most recent Stacked Poker Championship brought in more than $1.1 million in series prize pools, which is largely contributed to the concerted effort of the four brands behind the SA Poker, including the Southern Poker Tour (SPT) and Matchroom Poker, who are both due to host their first major series in the next six weeks.

DatesEventVenueState/Country
2-11 JunAsian Poker Tour Ho Chi MinhSaigon Poker ClubSaigon, VN
7-11 JunAPLPT AlburyCommercial ClubNew South Wales, AU
8-12 JunGambier Poker Johnnie Walker ClassicMount Gambier RSLSouth Australia, AU
22-25 JunAPLPT TasmaniaWrest Point HobartTasmania, AU
12-16 JulAPLPT AdelaideSkyCity AdelaideSouth Australia, AU

Do you have a major poker event coming up that you want to share with us? Email landon@pokermedia.com.au or drop us a PM via our socials and we can add it to the list! You can also check out the calendar widget on our website for all updated scheduled events over the next 12 months, and for a detailed analysis and rating of all poker event structures, visit our friends at the Australian Poker Schedule.

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