PMA DIARY DATES: March 2023 Edition

Three seasons in one day – or rather, article – as PokerMedia Australia brings you our latest issue of the PMA Diary Dates, featuring a few major additions and some big changes for the year ahead in the lead-up to Christmasplus a very special schedule for our friends in the Deaf community!

MARCH, APRIL & MAY: ‘Fall’ in, call!

Although the temperatures are starting to cool as we head into autumn, the action on the felt continues to heat up, with the Australian Poker Tour (APT) Sydney series at Campbelltown now underway at The Cube, which then almost leads straight into the Poker Palace Autumn Championships and the debut of the National Poker League (NPL)‘s Empires high-stakes event at Assyrian Sports.

Meanwhile, the team behind Check Raise Poker in Queensland have announced their first championship series, which will once again be held at the Acacia Ridge Hotel in Brisbane’s south. The $500,000 estimated series will culminate in the Moneymaker Main Event, named in honour of the 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion who won the same tournament last October.

There’s also plenty of action in the City of Churches, with Matchroom Poker set to launch their Adelaide Poker Series, before Stacked Social return in late May for the all-new Adelaide Poker Festival. The schedule is comprised of seven championship events over 12 days, as well as the very first ‘Art of Poker’ exhibition, and Australia’s first-ever Progressive KO event.

The tournament format plays in a similar fashion to a Bounty (or Terminator), however as opposed to taking a single bounty chip straight away, a player only claims half the value of their eliminated opponent’s bounty and the other is added to their own, and in turn increasing the value of bounty on their own head as they run deeper into the tournament.

18-26 MarAPT Sydney Season VIThe Cube, CampbelltownNew South Wales, AU
20-27 MarMatchroom Adelaide Poker SeriesMatchroom Poker, AdelaideSouth Australia, Adelaide
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
18-23 AprCheck Raise Poker ChampionshipsAcacia Ridge HotelQueensland, AU
20 Apr-8 MayWPT League Championship SydneySt Johns Park Bowling ClubNew South Wales, AU
25-30 AprAPLPT QueenslandSouthport SharksQueensland, AU
28 Apr-7 MayAsian Poker Tour TaipeiAsia Poker ArenaTaipei, TW
10-21 MayKings Poker Signature SeriesSt George Leagues ClubNew South Wales, AU
20-28 MayAPT Gold Coast Season VISouthport SharksQueensland, AU
23-28 MayAPLPT SydneyWest HQ, Rooty HillNew South Wales, AU
25 May-5 JunStacked Poker FestivalStacked Social, AdelaideSouth Australia, AU
30 May-18 Jul54th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP)Paris & Horseshoe Casinos, Las VegasNevada, US

JUNE, JULY & AUGUST: The winter season’s no joke

Winter is coming, and so too are two of the most prestigious events on the Aussie mid-tier circuit: the WPT League Championship Tweed Coast at Seagulls Club during the King’s Birthday Weekend, and the APL Million at Southport Sharks, which last year set an Australian and international record for the largest total prize pool for a tournament series held outside the confines of a casino.

Those numbers are expected to be even bigger, given the APL’s recent announcement that the series has been extended from 11 to 15 days, with 60 events offering buy-ins between $80 and $5,000 for an estimated $7.5 million in total prize pools.

And while organisers remain tight-lipped on what to expect (for now), sources close to PMA are confident that the brand’s marquee festival will deliver on all fronts, especially given the success throughout the most recent APLPT stops along the east coast, and particularly in Melbourne, which garnered more than $2.3 million alone.

It was perhaps best summed up by APL Major Events Director Joel Williams in comments he made on the most recent episode of the ‘Drinks with Jackson’ podcast.

“The landscape’s changed … and poker, as a priority for the casinos, has changed completely,” Williams said. “What that’s meant is that a lot these poker tours have popped up to service demand [and] it’s still incredible to me that players are more spoiled for choice now than when the casinos were in full flight.”

2-11 JunAsian Poker Tour Ho Chi MinhTBATBA, VN
7-11 JunAPLPT AlburyCommercial ClubNew South Wales, AU
7-11 JunWPT League Championship Tweed CoastSeagulls Club, Tweed HeadsNew 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
14-28 Aug2023 APL MillionSouthport SharksQueensland, AU
17-21 AugWPT TaiwanChinese Texas Hold’em Association, Taipei CityTaipei, TW

SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER: Springtime showdown spectacular

The latter half of the year is now coming together nicely, with the APT returning to Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane before heading down to Bankstown Sports for its highly anticipated grand finale, while the WPT Leagues in Illawarra and Sydney both return for a second hit-out either side of the WPT Australia series at The Star Gold Coast.

The team behind the Kings Room have also announced dates for the inaugural Sydney Millions, set to take place at St George Leagues Club in November. The $2,000 buy-in Main Event is expected to bring in a prize pool worth at least $1 million, including a quarter-million-dollar first prize guaranteed.

Kings Poker Managing Director Natan Meylakh is immensely proud of his team’s collective success in building Sydney’s newest independent card room, which was highlighted by its most recent Signature Series that brought in $649,950 in prize money.

“At Kings, we really want players to really enjoy themselves, and the Sydney Millions will be our showpiece,” Meylakh said. “We emphasise our focus on delivering the ultimate player experience in the Kings Room: all-new equipment, amazing lighting, and high-quality customer service.”

3-10 SepAPT Brisbane Season VI – Series IIEatons Hill HotelQueensland, AU
13-24 SepWPT League Spring Carnival IllawarraWests IllawarraNew South Wales, AU
14-27 SepWPT AustraliaThe Star Gold CoastQueensland, AU
5-23 OctWPT League Championship SydneySt Johns Park Bowling ClubNew South Wales, AU
10-15 OctAPLPT SydneyCastle Hill RSLNew South Wales, AU
22-29 OctAPT Sydney Season VI – Series IIBankstown SportsNew South Wales, AU
25-29 OctAPLPT AdelaideSkyCity AdelaideSouth Australia, AU
8-12 NovAPLPT AlburyCommercial ClubNew South Wales, AU
13-30 NovKings Poker Sydney MillionsSt George Leagues ClubNew South Wales, AU
19-27 NovAPL Ville 600The Ville Resort-Casino, TownsvilleQueensland, AU
29 Nov-23 Dec2023 WPT World ChampionshipWynn Las VegasNevada, US


Rounding out this issue of the DPA Diary Dates is this year’s line-up of state and national championship tournaments from Deaf Poker Australia (DPA) and their respective state and regional Deaf poker groups, together with their trans-Tasman counterparts.

Buoyed by the success of last year’s triumphant return of the DPA Championship at The Star Sydney, the Deaf community has rallied quickly to lock in their dates for all of 2023, beginning with a two-day Victorian Deaf Poker Championship series in Melbourne, with a $150 buy-in Teams Event open to the public this coming Friday before the Main Event on Saturday.

2023 DPA major event announcement (Auslan, no captions)

Other major highlights include the Queensland Deaf Poker Championship, which will be held once again alongside the APLPT Queensland series at Southport Sharks, as well as the New Zealand Deaf Poker Championship Main Event at SkyCity Auckland in July.

The 2023 DPA Championship will also return in its traditional month of October, however PMA understands that the non-profit organisation is exploring a number of options for and seeking assistance in hosting another four-day festival (either back in Sydney or the Gold Coast), and will release more details in the coming weeks.

For more information, results, tournament rules and eligibility, follow DPA on Facebook or log onto

PMA are proud supporters and the Official Media Partners of Deaf Poker Australia.

24-25 MarVictorian Deaf Poker ChampionshipHays Paddock, Kew EastVictoria, AU
29 AprQueensland Deaf Poker ChampionshipSouthport SharksQueensland, AU
20 MayWA Deaf Poker ChampionshipLake Monger Recreational ClubWestern Australia, AU
30 Jun-1 JulNew Zealand Deaf Poker ChampionshipAuckland Deaf Society / SkyCity AucklandAuckland, NZ
22 JulNSW Deaf Poker ChampionshipTollgate Hotel, ParramattaNew South Wales, AU
19 AugNorthern Rivers Deaf Poker ChampionshipBallina RSLNew South Wales, AU
Oct (TBC)2023 DPA ChampionshipTBCTBC

Do you have a major poker event coming up that you want to share with us? Email 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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