Australia can look forward to two exciting developments on the live poker front. Firstly, Chris Moneymaker is bringing his popular series of live poker tournaments to Australia. In addition, the World Poker Tour is coming to Australia. Season XVIII will feature the first-ever stop in Australia with a ten event poker game stop that will include a WPT Main Event.
The exciting announcements regarding live poker in Australia come just as the poker world is presently focussing on the 2019 World Series of Poker presently underway in Las Vegas. The rest of the poker world doesn’t stop while the WSOP is underway, though.
Moneymaker Tour Coming to Australia
Even if you’re a casual poker fan, you’ve heard the name Chris Moneymaker. He won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event after qualifying via an $86 online satellite tournament. His story then helped create the Poker Boom and usher in a new generation of poker players worldwide.
Moneymaker has been a Team PokerStars ambassador for more than a decade and a half. In 2018, he helped the company run a series of $86 buy-in events that awarded seats into the PokerStars Players Championship in January. The events were wildly popular and now Moneymaker is going to try his hand at running his own poker tour.
The MoneyMaker Poker Tour will kick off shortly after the end of the 2019 World Series of Poker. The first two events will subsequently being played in Australia. The first is at Acacia Ridge in Brisbane on July 22 through 28. The second is at Royal Poker Club in Adelaide from July 30 through August 3rd.
These events will feature smaller buy-ins compared to tournament series, such as the WSOP and WPT. They will also be primarily held at smaller venues. This is to encourage more everyday players to attend the events. According to reports, you can expect many events in the $500 range.
Note that this series will not be affiliated with PokerStars and is a separate venture undertaken by Moneymaker. That doesn’t mean you won’t see advertising by the World’s Largest Poker Site. Or even sponsorship by the online poker room at some point.
World Poker Tour Coming to Australia
The World Poker Tour has continually grown over its first 17 seasons. They are continuing to grow in Season XVIII, too. According to an announcement at WorldPokerTour.com, the WPT has entered into a partnership with The Star Gold Coast to hold the first-ever WPT Australia.
The entire WPT Festival will run from September 27 through October 10. The series will then feature 10 events with buy-ins from $330 to $5,000. The Main Event of the series is October 4 through 7 with a buy-in of $2,500.
According to Geoff Hogg, Managing Director Queensland, The Star Gold Coast: “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 establishes The Star Gold Coast as a leader in the industry.”
WPT VP of Global Tour Management Angelica Hael also spoke on the partnership, stating: “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 WPT Is presently on hiatus during the 2019 WSOP. Directly after the series, it will then hold its next event. The WPT Gardens Poker Festival will take place from July 20-25 at The Gardens Casino in Los Angeles, CA.