The Australian Poker League (APL) has named the founder of LCA Poker and former PokerStars Training Coordinator Tom Bower as its new APLPT Business Manager, effective this coming Monday 15 May.
Bower’s new role replaces the Director of Major Events role previously filled by Joel Williams, who will step into the position of Head of Poker overseeing both the APL Poker Tour and nationwide nightly games.
As APLPT Business Manager, Bower will work closely with Williams and lead the execution of the APLPT strategy, including the APL Million. He will also be tasked with creating, maintaining and delivering a national calendar of APLPT Events, the APL explained.
“I am delighted and excited to welcome Tom to the APL Team,” Williams said. “I feel confident that his unique skillsets will add to what has already become a consistent, rewarding and well established APLPT product.”
Bower’s career in the Australian poker industry stretches back more than 20 years, having worked for all major poker providers in the country. He was one of the first operators and tournament directors to run league poker in Queensland, which led him to join the PokerStars team in 2007 – at the height of the online giant’s local influence. His role at PokerStars initially centred around discussing poker math and strategy with players, but soon grew to include helping to detect and prevent online collusion.
In 2009, Bower became the Australian Training Coordinator for PokerStars where he trained hundreds in the intricacies of the game. He was a lead designer in the poker training program used for all PokerStars employees, which explored the history of the company and the strategy of the game itself.
In 2016, Bower launched Lights Camera Action (LCA) Poker, which has long served as a live stream partner to most major poker operators in Australia, including the APL.
It is understood that LCA Poker will continue to provide live streaming services into the future.