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World Poker Tour to come Down Under

Mon, Jun 10, 9:19am by Staff Writer

The World Poker Tour is heading to Australia for the first time ever with the inaugural World Poker Tour Australia festival to be held at The Star Gold Coast later this year.

Asgam is reporting that the event will run from 27 September until 7 October and include a 10-event schedule.

There will be buy-ins ranging from A$330-$5000, headlined by the A$2500 Main Event beginning on 4 October.

The vice president of global tour management for the World Poker Tour Angelica Hael said, “The World Poker Tour is proud to add WPT Australia to our roster of wonderful global events and The Star Gold Coast as a casino partner.

“As a native Australian, I am thrilled to have a WPT event take place in my home country and even more pleased to have it hosted at such a wonderful property.”

The managing director of the Star Gold Coast Geoff Hogg said, “The Star Gold Coast and the nation of Australia welcome the World poker Tour to our home for what is a monumental partnership.”

“The Star Gold Coast has been transformed over the past three years and continues to evolve, with levels of investment that position us as a world-class global tourism destination.

Australia is one of the top nations for poker in the world and this event further established The Star Gold Coast as a leader in the industry.”

The Star Gold Coast has recently completed an $850 million transformation, including upgrades to its existing 596 hotel rooms, the launch of luxury all-suite hotel The Darling and a spectacular new rooftop venue called Nineteen at The Star.

Fourth tower for Star Gold Coast

Australia’s Star Entertainment Group has revealed it will fast track development of a fourth tower of The Star Gold Coast as part of the property’s ongoing $850 million makeover, Inside Asian Gaming reports.

Construction on the tower, set to stand 215 metres tall, will now start in 2020, with apartment pre-sales to begin as early as next month.

It will also house a 5-star hotel, restaurants and bars, a day spa and night-time entertainment venues.

“This latest hotel tower will further progress the internationally competitive resort facilities we are offering to domestic and international tourists,” Star Entertainment group managing director and CEO Matt Bekier said.

“If our masterplan is rolled out in full – and there is so much more we would like to deliver – The Star Gold Coast will be the equal of the finest integrated resorts in the world and complement our $3.6 billion project at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.

“Under the right conditions and circumstances, we will operate both properties in tandem as beacons for south-east Queensland, drawing interstate and international visitors to turbo-charge the tourism industry,” he said.

The new tower will be The Star Gold Coast’s second mixed-use hotel and apartment tower after the $400 million Drosett, which broke ground in 2018 and is due for completion by 2022.

Star Entertainment Group recently unveiled its proposed A$2 billion masterplan for the Gold Coast, including four more hotel towers and associated facilities on Broadbeach Island, although that plan might be shelved should the Queensland State Government follow through with its plan to issue a second Gold Coast casino licence.

The government last month called for global registrations of interest in developing a new casino on the Gold Coast, with the likes of Genting Group, Caesars International and Hard Rock International among the operators interested.

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