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Christchurch Casino to host biggest ever poker event this weekend

Fri, Aug 16, 7:47am by Staff Writer

New Zealand’s best poker players will converge on Christchurch casino this weekend to take home a share of the likely $900,000 prize pool generated from one of the country’s biggest poker events.

The NZ Herald reports that the 2019 New Zealand Poker Champs start on Saturday with a $440 deepstack turbo tournament and culminates next weekend with a $1950 buy-in main event tournament, which is expected to produce a first prize of around $100,000.

In between, there are 12 other events, which range in buy-in from $250 to $3125 and include No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Short Deck No Limit Hold’em, Short Deck Pot Limit Omaha, a women’s event and a bounty event.

The New Zealand Poker Champs Main Event has produced eight Kiwi winners in the past seven years, after Kuru Wilson and Renae Baker split the purse last year, taking home $70,000 each.

Ben Rendall won $75,000 in 2018, Jack Efariamo won $50,000 in 2017 and Jay Gilbert and Jason Brown split the purse in 2015, taking home $40,500 each.

Australian Shane Hicks won $45,500 in 2014, Kiwi Steve Smith took $47,000 in 2013 and Paul Hockin won $35,000 in 2012.

The tournament series has been running since 1999 and is the longest established poker championship series in Australasia.

Last year, the tournament attracted 202 players and a prize pool of $391,000.

Christchurch Casino poker manager Warren Wyllie said, “we are very much looking forward to welcoming our poker guests and to crowning the 20th NZPC Main Event champion.”

“We expect this to be our busiest NZPC ever,” Mr Wyllie said.

2019 Sydney Champs main event winner Hamish Crawshaw will be attending the series, along with Jack Efariamo, Kiwi comedian Mike King and local legend Scott Hamilton-Hill, who finished third in the 2018 WSOP seniors event for $440,710.

PokerStars and Paysafe team up

The Stars Group’s flagship brand PokerStars has partnered with Paysafe Group to roll out the global payments provider’s Rapid Transfer online payment solution across 10 European countries.

Casino News Daily reports that PokerStars customers based in the territories covered by the partnership can now opt for Rapid Transfer to make deposits using their banking details.

Rapid Transfer is one of the many solutions in Paysafe’s online payments portfolio.

It allows consumers to make instant online payments from their bank account, without having to leave a gambling operator or a merchant’s website.

People receive payment confirmation instantly and benefit from the familiar process of using their own banking details.

PokerStars adding Rapid Transfer to its available deposit methods extends its existing relationship with Paysafe.

The online poker brand has previously deployed the global payment group’s digital solutions Skrill and NETELLER as well as its Paysafe card prepaid method.

News about PokerStars expanding its array of payment methods comes as another indication that more and more gambling operators and merchants alike are moving to diversify the payment services available to customers.

According to industry research carried out by Paysafe last year among online businesses in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Austria, around 26 per cent of the participating companies said that they think the lack of available payment options on their websites is among the reasons for abandoned transactions.

Commenting on PokerStars adding Rapid Transfer to its portfolio of available payment solutions, chief executive officer Lorenzo Pellegrino said that they are “delighted to be supporting them to ensure this quality service for players spans across the deposit methods they offer.”

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