Sat, Mar 7, 2:09pm by Noah Taylor
This week, the World Poker Tour announced The Star Gold Coast in Australia will host not one, but three new WPT festivals.
World Casino Directory reports that the World Poker Tour will be returning to the region for the second time during the 18th season, hosting an event beginning in April.
The very next season, the festival will be back in action again, this time in September and then again in April 2021.
The Star Gold Coast is hosting the WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast from April 30 to May 4, offering a full schedule of gaming options.
This stop is part of the current season.
By the time the 19th season starts, the WPT will be back in Australia on September 24 to host the A$1000 WPT Deep Stack Australia.
This event will be followed by the WPT Australia Main Event on October 2.
Fast forward to 2021 and the season will be back at the Star with WPTDeepStacks from April 23 to May 3.
The Main Event of this stop has a A$1000 buy in.
The first time WPT headed to Australia was early in season 18, with plenty of poker action.
A total of 658 entries were seen, which created a A$1.48 million prize pool.
The event was won by Hari Varma, who took home $274,247.
The Star Gold Coast’s chief operating officer Jess Mellor commented on the new events by stating: “The Star Gold Coast and the nation of Australia warmly welcomes back the WPT for WPT DeepStacks GOld Coast and the rapidly approaching WPT Australia festival.
Last year’s event showed the poker world that The Star GOld Coast is a must-attend poker destination and we look forward to showcasing our property to more players from around the globe.”
— Somuchpoker (@Somuchpoker) March 5, 2020
There was still plenty of poker actionat the weekend, with Bob Whalen winning the MSPT Venetian Poker Bowl and taking home $140,000.
Part Time Poker reports that Whalen just won the biggest tournament of his life. And it was one that had a prize pool of more than $1 million.
1,093 players turned out for the fourth edition of the Mid-States Poker Bowl at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
After it was all said and done, Whalen walked away with $140,152 as part of a deal with the top five players.
Whalen might look slightly familiar to poker fans from his TV coverage in 2008, where he made a deep run in the Main Event, ultimately placing 79th.
Several other name pros made deep runs, including Joustin Young who placed seventh for almost $30,000.
The action continued at the 888 Poker live festival in Madrid with day two action on Sunday.
The field of 1,067 has been whittled down to 378, all of them in fierce competition to make the money and the final table.
Some of the big names still in contention are Kara Scott, Fernando Pons, Ana Marquez, Dominik Nitsche and Ebony Kenney.
Stephen Chidwick has won the inaugural Australian Poker Open at the Star Gold Coast after more than a week of High Roller action.
The British player now has more than US$34 million in lifetime earnings, with his victory earlier this week in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em enough to see him overtake American David Peters in the all-time money list.
He cements his status as the all-time winningest European in poker history, now almost $2 million clear of Fedor Holz and US$8 million clear of Mikita Badziakouski.
It was a nail biting race to the Australian Open title, with first Mike Watson and then Andras Nemeth sitting atop the leaderboard after recording victories in the first half of the festival.
However, Chidwick’s victory for $399,500 saw him become the third different player to top the leaderboard, only for Nemeth to retake the lead after cashing in event six.
It all came down to the $100,000 Main Event, where Chidwick picked up his third cash of the festival.
This was enough to overtake the Hungarian and claim the $50,000 Championship prize.
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