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2012 Deaf Poker Australia Championship

Thu, Nov 8, 7:45pm by Ed Scimia

When we share news about poker tournaments here at Australian Gambling, we’re usually talking about who’s winning the biggest prizes, what local Australian is in the hunt at a World Series of Poker tournament, or some other event that’s all about winning both cash and glory. Sometimes, though, a tournament can be about more than just who comes away with the biggest bankroll.

That’s certainly the case for the 2012 Deaf Poker Australia (DPA) Championship. This three tournament series is being held this coming weekend at the Treasury Casino in Brisbane, Queensland, and will feature some o the best deaf and hearing impaired poker players in Australia and New Zealand.

This is actually the second time the DPA Championship will be held, though the first tournament was known as the Australian Deaf Poker Championship. However, this is the first time that the series is being held on its own, rather than as a part of a larger poker festival.

The main attraction is certain to be the DPA Championship Main Event, which will take place on Saturday, October 13. This event carries a $100 buy-in, and is only open to those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or hearing impaired. The first incarnation of this championship event featured 88 players, and this year’s tournament is expected to surpass this figure.

If you’re a hearing poker player but you’d still like to mix it up with some of the top deaf players in Australia, you’re in luck, as there will be two sides events that are open to both hearing and deaf players. On Friday, October 12, there will be a $200 team event, while Sunday will see a $150 turbo tournament.

Deaf Poker Australia is a non-for-profit organization that promotes and develops poker in the deaf community throughout Australia. Tournaments designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing players are unique in that they allow players to use sign language as the official language at the poker table.

* We apologise for the late posting of this article as we were implementing the new website design.

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