Marquee online poker events prove popular

by Charlotte Lee Last Updated
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Two marquee poker events had no trouble clearing their posted guarantees last weekend.

Card Player reports Global Poker’s GOAT online poker tournament series drew plenty of attention last Sunday.

The SC110 buy-in Sunday Teaser drew a field of 390, easily eclipsing the SC25,000 guarantee to create a total prize pool of SC39,000.

After five hours of play, Indiana’s @ChipsMaxwell came out on top, to pocket SCS7,390 for first place.

The guarantee doubled for the SC50,000 Sunday Scrimmage, which saw 404 players up up the SC218 buy-in to build a final prize pool of SC80,800.

It took almost seven hours, but in the end, it came down to two California players, which ‘CashinStacks1’ besting ‘Penneltenn’ heads-up for the SC15,311 first-place prize.

During the three-week series, players will compete in 204 scheduled events, guaranteeing 330 million in Gold Coins and SC 1,100,000.

Players should be excited to try Global Poker’s new progressive bounty tournaments, which offer the opportunity to accumulate bonus prizes each time you eliminate another player.

“It is with great pleasure that we are celebrating the second instalment of the GOAT, where both experienced and novice poker players have a chance to take home one of our prestigious new trophies, and even with our new and unique progressive bounty tournaments being featured, the action will be hotter than ever, Global Poker general manager David Lyons said.

Those who win a GOAT event will receive an inscribed trophy, along with a champions pack that includes exclusive SWAG.

Winners will also be invited to the Tournament of Champions, which will award a $5,000 live tournament package of the player’s choice.

Australian Poker Tour set to return from September

The Australian Poker Tour wants to bring live poker back to Australia, with Casino News reporting in July that the tour is set to relaunch on the Gold Coast.

The live poker tournament operator focused on the Australian poker market and had few options when casinos and card rooms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since regulated online poker is not an option in Australia, the APT could not put their tournaments online.

This had been an option for series’ the likes of the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, since they had live audiences around the world.

Even those, however, have not been open to Aussie players.

APT chief executive officer David Miles tried to work with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to obtain approval for some type of online activity – in the form of cash satellites – but it is unclear as to the approvals and success of that project.

Last week, the APT began teasing fans on its Facebook page, promoting a June 27 announcement.

The APT delivered.

First tournament since COVID-19 to take place on the Gold Coast

The tour announced that it will host its first post-pandemic event at Southport Sharks on the Gold Coast in September.

The three-day live tournament series scheduled for September 4 to 6 will feature 11 tournaments.

Southport Sharks began its reopening on June 11 with the Mantra hotel facility and meeting rooms, as well as the rooftop bar.

The gaming room reopened last weekend at the Southport Sharks, though it will be a gradual opening with partial capacity to start and limited dining options.

If all goes well, the facility will open further in the weeks and months to come.

The APT will reveal the details and dates of the series, but CEO Miles did note a few things.

Formats will include 6-Max Shot Clock High Roller, Big Bounty and National Teams Event.

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