Australian Poker Tour prepping for relaunch after Eatons Hill cancellation

The Australian Poker Tour remains on track to return refreshed and rebranded before the year is out despite a difficult week in which the company was forced to cancel a planned event at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel, according to owner Tony Hachem.

Speaking with PokerMedia Australia from Las Vegas, where he is taking part in the World Series of Poker, Hachem said Eatons Hill had been planned as a circuit test event as part of the APT’s ongoing process to develop tournament poker at a grassroots level and by which all events are dealer dealt. Eatons Hill was ultimately scrapped because the venue’s event space was only available for five days.

“At the end of the day, we looked at what was available and decided that a five-day circuit event was not going to enable APT to run the event, and it wouldn’t be fair on the players either,” Hachem explained.

“We asked Eatons Hill if we could extend for another two or three days, but they only had five days available, so we made the difficult decision to cancel.

“These things happen, unfortunately. People know I’m in the middle of making positive changes to APT that no doubt will attract poker players to our series.”

Hachem, who purchased the APT from a group of former shareholders almost exactly a year ago, remains tight lipped on the APT’s future plans but told PMA there will be a number of major announcements over the next few months, including the release of a revamped 2025 tour schedule.

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