Not that it's supposed to be a secret, but on the final weekend of January Tom "durrrr" Dwan shared via his Twitter account that he is currently in Australia, where he's been spending quality time with his soon-to-be wife.
On July 9, Sunday was a memorable day for Australian Heidi May, who won 2017 WSOP's Event #70: Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship $10,000 Buy-in (Ladies Discount to $1,000 Buy-in), a 3-day event which started on July 7, Friday at 11am.
The Australian Senate has given the approval for the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 which effectively outlaws online poker from Australia's online entertainment landscape.
The bill was submitted to the senate last November by Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge. Included in the bill is legislation banning all internet gaming activities that have not been given permission by the new Interactive Gambling law.
888poker has ultimately decided to leave the Aussie market for good in order to avoid a potential US$5 million fine, that is, if the new gaming law will successfully be implemented in the country. 888poker players in Australia have been recently informed that they shall no longer be allowed to play on their website starting January 16, 2017.
Australia Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by "T".
An amendment made to Australia's 2001 Interactive Gambling Act could potentially force some leading online poker sites to exit the market; therefore, they would cease to offer their services to players residing in the country.
Nigel Williams won a jackpot prize worth $2.7 million while playing Texas Hold'em Poker, but it wasn't against any high-stakes pro poker player. It was actually against the house (Crown Perth casino) in a standard table game and not the traditional poker played in card rooms. This type of poker game requires very little skill, but the one thing that you need here in order to win is huge amounts of luck.
A ruffian has patiently observed an elderly woman with a walker win at the pokies, decided to follow her and violently pushed her over to rob her winnings. The 88-year-old from Ferntree Gully was walking towards Dorset Rd on Maryville Way last Wednesday (September 7) at 12:30pm after winning at the poker machines at Zagame's in Boronia.
Australia Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by "T".
When it comes to gambling, Australians are deemed to be very big spenders, and because of that, they have hit a new top record this year concerning the total sum of cash they spent on various gambling activities. A report by iGaming Business revealed that the country has reached that record-high gambling spend during the 12 months from September 30, 2014 up September 30, 2015.
Another three players entered the Main Event just before the start of Day 2. This means that this year's Main Event drew a field of 648 entries that created a AU$6,480,000 prize pool, of which the top 72 finishers will receive a share (the winner will get AU$1.6 million).
PokerStars' Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Melbourne Main Event attracted a field of 516 players and the prize pool weighed in at $1,032,000 - the largest ANZPT ever! It took 16 hours of play in Day 3 until a field of 34 players had been narrowed down to a winner, Edison Nguyen!
Facebook is a great place to set up and organise events, but you better think twice before organising your next home poker tournament there, especially if you live in the land down under. David Desmond Bowen, 32, from Tasmania (an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia) invited 25 friends to his Facebook-event, a $150 buy-in home poker tournament at a house in Norwood last October. Somehow police were alerted about it and took action.
In the past few days there have been rumours of a $1 million buy-in tournament with a $50,000,000 first prize on March 30th, 2014, at The Star Hotel and Casino in Sydney, Australia. David Chen, the tournament director behind the alleged high roller tournament, claims that 48 players have enrolled already, including members of the British, Danish and Monaco royal familys who have been selected as ambassadors, Hollywood stars and poker professionals.
"Poker is a true game that cuts across all class and income barriers. It tests skills, nerves and courage in a way that's incomparable to other card games. There is no higher drama and examination of character than a high stakes poker game. With a splashing $50m prize, in the remarkable city of Sydney, this should be a historical event indeed," said Chen in a press release (according to the news site and tracking site highstakesdb).
Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Pty Ltd, a company led by China-based business tycoon Tony Fung, is planning on building a $3.74 billion casino and resort in Cairns City, Queensland, Australia.
The plan is to build the resort and casino on over 343 hectare of land, located close to Great Barrier Reef. The resort will include an international class casino with 750 tables and 1,500 slot machines, one of the world's largest aquariums and a 25,000-seat sports stadium, nine luxury hotels with 3750 hotel rooms, 1200 apartments, 135 villas, two 2,500-seat theatres, an 18 hole golf course, a 45,000 square metres convention and exhibition centre, and more.
If everything goes according to plan, the project will be ready in 2018 and would generate 9,300 jobs while being build and 10,000 jobs when it's ready. According to local news papers, Tony Fung has secured a Coordinated Project status from the Queensland Government.
On Monday, 888 Poker announced via a press release that they had signed Australian poker professional Jackie Glazier to be the ambassador for its Team 888poker. Glazier wrote a piece of history at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event by finishing in 31st place for $229,281 (last woman standing in the Main Event).
The final table of the WSOP APAC AU$10,000 Main Event is being played right now at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Daniel Negreanu (Canada) and Benny Spindler (Germany) are two of the big stacks on the final table. Check the live stream below to find out how they are doing.
Just a few moments ago, Phil Ivey won another WSOP bracelet at World of Poker Asia at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The $2,200 buy-in tournament (WSOP APAC Event #3 - Mixed Event) drew 81 of the best mixed game players in the world, generating a total prize pool of $168,000. The top nine players received a piece of the prize pool and Mr. Ivey received $51,840 after defeating Brandon Wong heads up.
The American pro now has an incredible 9 bracelets under his belt and has climbed to 3rd place (shared with Johnny Moss) on the all-time WSOP bracelet leaderboard. Below are the top 5 players of that leaderboard.
1. Phil Hellmuth 13 2. Johnny Chan 10 2. Doyle Brunson 10 3. Phil Ivey 9 3. Johnny Moss 9
On Monday, the first of two Aussie Million High Roller tournaments concluded. A total of 21 players signed up for the tournament which had a buy-in of $100,000, and only 1 player, Andrew Robl, decided to use his re-entry. At the end of the day, Andrew Robl spent his $200k well since he ended up taking down the whole tournament after defeating Russian poker pro Igor Kurganov heads-up.
Payouts 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge 1) Andrew Robl, $1 000 000 2) Igor Kurganov, $610 000 3) Masa Kagawa, $320 000 4) Dan Shak, $237 000
The second High Roller tournament will kick off on Thursday. It will have an even greater prize pool because the buy-in will be $250,000! Stay tuned!
Michael Domenico Figliano, from Ramsgate, Australia borrowed heavily from his mother before losing almost $400,000 at a Syndey casino. Figliano was convicted in the Downing Centre Local Court of materially contributing to his insolvency by gambling, the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA) announced in a statement on Wednesday.
When about 50 players remained in the 2012 WSOP Main Event, Aussie David Balkin ended up in a heads-up duel against Gaelle Baumann from France. Before the river card had been dealt, Balkin had about 75% chance of taking home the pot with three of a kind 10s against Baumann's AJ (flush draw and straight draw). The river card gave Baumann the nut flush and Balkin moved all-in almost straight away. Baumann snapped called. Balkin took a quick look at Baumann's cards before heading to his friends in the crowd and celebrated. But in a matter of seconds someone said "You lost, bro!!" and Balkin realized his big mistake.
There are only 14 players left in the Aussie Millions Main Event. These survivors will be back at 20:15 local time - after a 75-minute dinner break - and continue until only 12 players remain. Then Day 4 will finally come to an end and the players will get some well-needed rest.
Chip leader is Bjorn Li with 2,450,000 chips, and close behind him are Daniel Ideama (2,287,000) and Mohamad Kowssarie (2,247,000). Phil Ivey has lost a lot of chips during Day 4 and now he has 645,000 left - only Matt Turk and Danny Chevalier have less.
The next player to hit the rail will get 75,000 AUD, and the 9 players who reach the final table will get at least 125k AUD each. The winner will take home amazing 1,600,000 AUD!
The ex-world champion Joe Hachem, 45, has after 6 years with Team PokerStars Pro been without a contract since the end of 2011. A few days ago it became official that he signed for AsianLogic Group that owns for example Asian Poker Tour and several poker sites.
Hachem will become the ambassador for the APT and will also work as expert in strategic questions in order to develop poker in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.
Last Sunday, after 3 days of play, the opening event ($1,000 NLH) of Aussie Millions got a winner, Brendon Rubie (a well-known figure in the land down under thanks to several cashes in major poker tournaments). Rubie played very well on the final table and had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up began. His opponent, Scott Wilson, fought really well though and didn't give away any chips for free. After some time of fighting back and forth, Rubie managed to get Wilson to believe that he was weak in a hand that he had flopped 2 pairs. After Wilson made the call on the river and mucked his hand, Rubie went up to his friends and started celebrating.
David Saab, 30, had huge problems with his economy when he decided to play poker for a living back in 2005. It only took 3 years before he had made hundreds of thousands dollars from poker and lived a luxurious life at different casinos around the globe. The biggest cash in his poker career came at the 2008 Asia Poker Tour when he took home the Main Event for $280,000.
During new year's eve a man walked into the Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. While he was playing poker, he ordered beer after beer. 17 hours later, one of casino employees realized that they had served 1 person 42 beers. The man, who had drank 42 beers, couldn't walk on his own, so the casino personnel had to help him out of the casino.
The casino has now received a fine of 10,000 AUD because they let an obviously drunk person play poker. The bartender in charge that night was fired shortly after - along with 2 other casino employees. Apart from firing 3 employees, the Star City Casino has contacted the authorities and newspapers and told them that the man lured its employees with his poker skills.
It ended up being Julian Cohen and Andew Watson who were the last 2 men standing in ANZOT (Australia New Zeeland Poker Tour) Queenstown. Andrew Watson had a 3-1 chip lead and most people had already counted out Cohen for the win. But somehow Cohen managed to keep a cool head and play his very best game, even though the difference between first and second prize was quite big.
Cohen managed to fight his way back into the game and overtake the chip lead. When he had the lead he also had full control over the game and could basically do whatever he wanted to. It didn't take long before he knocked out Watson and grabbed the first place prize of 73,630 AUD. This is Cohen's biggest cash ever in his poker career but hopefully not the last as he's a very talented player whose just at the starting blocks of his poker career.
To drink alcohol and play poker at the same time is probably nothing a single serious poker player in the whole world would recommend. Probably not even Ilari "ziigmund " sahamies, 26. However, he still did so last weekend.
In one his latest blog posts, he writes that he played "totally f drunk" and lost $500,000, then another $300,000 when he woke up with a hangover the day after. After that, he decided to try his luck betting on tennis. No luck there either and he lost another $130,000. Even though he lost so much money, he's still up about $20,000 on his holiday trip to Australia.
From ziigmund's blog "so sick.I lost yesterday totally f drunk 500k....then I woke up and lost in totally hangover 300k more....then we went to watch tennis to Red Label arena or whatever and I lost 130k more to Justine Henin....Im up now 20k on my holidaytrip...whatever...now I start to play TIGHT."
A new TV show called "The Poker Star" was introduced by PokerStars a while ago. The show will be quite similar to the very popular "POP IDOL" where talented and not so talented musicians get to perform in front of a jury with the chance of winning a contract with a big record label. However, PokerStars are not interested in Musicians, but instead in talented poker players. The winner of "The Poker Star" will get $100,000 in prize money and also a sponsorship contract with PokerStars which includes free buy-ins to a load of WPT events.
Around 18,000 people have applied to be in PokerStars new TV show. Among them you will find everything from old and experienced players to beginners with lots of self-confidence. The most of the people that get to be in the show will be handpicked by no one else than Joe Hachem (2005 WSOP Champ). Joe Hachem, will also be the one who trains the winner of the TV-show.
The show has premier next Saturday in Australian television.