Tue, Oct 30, 7:54am by Ed Scimia
It’s not often that we see Australia-specific promotions at poker sites, but that’s the situation going on right now at 888 Poker. The Aussie Gold Rush promotion is designed to send you to the biggest tournaments in Australia in 2013, and it could be your way into some of the world’s most prestigious poker events.
Big Tournaments Down Under
The Aussie Gold Rush promotion (which is open to players from around the world, incidentally) is centred on two major tournament festivals that will be taking place in early 2013. First, there’s the famous Aussie Millions Poker Championship, which will occur starting January 17. This is the most famous tournament in all of Australia, and has been one of the world’s most important poker tournaments over the last decade.
The other event is new to Australia, but might be even more exciting. In April, Australia will play host to the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, a new branch of the WSOP franchise. With WSOP bracelets in play, this event will be on par with the original WSOP and WSOP Europe, and you can expect to see most of the world’s elite players taking part.
Both of these events will be taking place at the greatest poker venue in all of Australia: the Crown Casino in Melbourne, which has hosted the Aussie Millions since its inception. If you manage to win your way into one of these tournaments through the Aussie Gold Rush promotion, you’ll win a $15,500 all-inclusive package that will not only cover your tournament buy-in, but also all of your travel and hotel expenses as well as food and access to VIP events!
How to Take Part
There are plenty of ways to get started with the Aussie Gold Rush promotion. First, you can get participate for free simply by making a deposit into your 888 Poker account. If you’re new to 888 Poker, make your first deposit with the code AUS888 in order to get a free ticket into a Step 1 tournament. If you have an existing account, you can still get a free ticket with a new deposit if you use the code AUSGOLD.
That will earn you a ticket into one of the Step 1 Rebuy + Add-on tournaments being held every two hours on 888 Poker. Those tournaments normally feature a $1.10 buy-in, and offer a seat into a Step 2 tournament for every $25 in the prize pool.
If you’d rather just buy in with your own money, you can do that as well. You can also buy into a Step 1 tournament that costs $5.50 to play in, in which one in five players will move up to the Step 2 level.
Step 2 tournaments can be bought into for $25, or you can use a Step 2 ticket that you won in a Step 1 tournament. In these tournaments – held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – one out of every five players will win a ticket into a Step 3 tournament.
Step 3 tournaments work pretty much the same way, and are also held every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. You can buy-in directly for $115, or you can use a Step 3 ticket that you won in a Step 2 tournament. Again, one in five players will move on to the Qualifier level.
The qualifier tournaments are the true test of your poker skills, and your final stop before playing in the tournament of your dreams. These tournaments are held every other Sunday, and cost $525 to buy into directly (again, if you have a ticket you won in a Step 3 tournament, then you won’t need to buy-in). For every $15,500 in the prize pool, one package will be awarded to either the Aussie Millions or the WSOP Asia-Pacific. The choice of which tournament you want to take part in is completely up to you.
If you’ve been looking for an affordable (or potentially even free!) way to take part in one of the biggest tournaments in Australia, this is possibly the easiest way for you to make your poker dreams come true. This promotion will be ongoing for the rest of the year at 888 Poker.
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