The Star Gold Coast confirms return of WPT Australia in September

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Star Poker has confirmed that WPT Australia will proceed as planned in September after The Star Gold Coast received some relief from regulators around mandatory time limits that restrict casino access to 12 hours per day and 48 hours per week.

Under revised arrangements, WPT Australia will still see players limited to 12 hours of tournament play each day, however the 48-hour weekly limit has been lifted, enabling the WPT Australia Festival to go ahead. PokerMedia Australia understands that Star Poker has extended the duration of the WPT Australia Main Event by a day to ensure it complies with the daily 12-hour time limit.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, Star said it remains committed to its PlayBreak initiative but “would like to clarify that poker tournament play like the WPT Australia festival will not fall under PlayBreak requirements.”

It added that “all other gambling (including poker cash games) will be subject to PlayBreak.”

Star said it would implement mandatory 15-minute breaks for every two hours of play during WPT Australia plus an extended 30-minute dinner break in each structure to ensure time away from the table for each player as part of its commitment to the Queensland regulator.

Following on from the tremendous success of last year’s WPT Australia – the first WPT main tour event ever held on Aussie shores – this year’s series is expected to generate a prize pool of around $10 million with 10 WPT World Championship packages on offer. As well as three WPT World Championship Main Event packages –  including one for the eventual WPT Australian Main Event champion – there will be six WPT Prime Championship packages available, while The Star Gold Coast is contributing some additional value for the winner of the Ladies Event by way of travel money and entry into the WPT World Championship Ladies Event at Wynn Las Vegas in December.

The WPT Australia Ladies Australian Championship kicks off at 1.30pm on Tuesday 19 September, featuring a $660 buy-in and Single Re-entry.

The WPT Australia Main Event itself will this year boast an $8,000 buy-in, with Day 1A on Friday 22 September featuring unlimited re-entries and Day 1B on Saturday 23 September featuring a Single Re-entry.

Other highlights include a $5,000 8-Max Action Clock from Saturday 16 September, a $20,000 Super High Roller from Thursday 21 September, a $10,000 World Championship Warm-Up from Monday 25 September and the popular Shane Warne One Day Perpetual Trophy, to be held on Thursday 21 September with an $880 buy-in.

The full festival schedule can be viewed here.

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