Sydney’s new Australian Poker Open looking to become “highest quality event in Australia”

Doltone House will be the venue for the Australian Poker Open

A new high stakes poker series is heading to Sydney in March in what organizers hope will become a regular fixture on the annual calendar and a marquee event for the somewhat-neglected Harbour City.

To take place over two weeks from 26 March to 6 April at Club Marconi – home to the popular Poker Palace – the inaugural Australian Poker Open (APO) will feature 15 championship events with buy-ins ranging from $350 up to the $20,000 “The Establishment”.

The APO is the brainchild of Poker Palace Operations manager Lauren Mooney, who recognized space in the Sydney market for a premium high-stakes series. However, the structure of the series has been designed so as to ensure players at all levels can take their shot, with three headline events featuring prize pool guarantees kicking off during the first week: the $3,300 APO Main Event, the $1,500 Platinum Player Championships and the $350 Diamond Cup.

“These are running alongside each other over the Easter period so there is an event for everyone, and we’ve scheduled so people can play all the events with no clashes,” explains Poker Palace’s Will Davies.

The second week of APO is high stakes week, starting from 30 March with the $5,000 “The Titan” and continuing with the $10,000 “The Trojan” from 1 April and $20,000 “The Establishment” from 5 April.

“These are to attract the interstate and overseas players,” Davies says. “We’ve run many 5K events and it is always a popular event during our series.

“We also have two mixed games (a $2k H.E.R.O.S. and a $2k 9-game) and two PLO events (an $1,150 and a $5K). We have been trying to launch mixed games for a while and have had good responses, so this should accompany the Hold’em events well.”

In anticipation of big numbers for this flagship event, the series will be held in the Doltone House function venue at Club Marconi with Davies expecting that the “beautiful ballroom” will play a role in making this the “highest quality event in Australia.”

“We believe APO is an attractive event with some huge unconditional guarantees as its biggest selling point,” he explains. 

“We are respected nationwide and have been getting more and more interstate players to our series, so we hope that will continue.”

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