Melbourne Poker Championships Kick Off Next Month

Melbourne Poker ChampionshipThe always-popular Melbourne Poker Championships makes a welcome return next month for the 11th staging of the multi-tournament series at the Crown Poker Room in the Australian city.

This festival of poker Down Under – which runs from May 3 to 14 – will include two major championship tournaments, with the AUD$550 buy-in Joe Hachem Deepstack 9 beginning proceedings in the Victoria capital city, while there is also a AUD$1,100 buy-in main event that closes the series on the 14th after five days’ play.

The Joe Hachem Deepstack event features a repechage format – as does the main event – and offers great value for poker players, while it is reckoned that the main event itself normally produces a deserving champion.

Certainly, this belief was borne out earlier this year when Sydney’s Brendon Rubie followed up his Melbourne Poker Championship victory for $104,465 in May of 2010 with first place and $205,895 in the PokerStars Aussie Millions’ AUD$1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Opening Event.

Ten Official Tournaments Listed

There are, in fact, 10 official tournaments included on the schedule, ranging from a AUD$200 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Megastack event to the AUD$1,100 buy-in main event, while satellites run every day and start at AUD$65.

It is certain that a huge field will assemble once again in the Crown Poker Room after 502 players registered for last year’s main event that was won by Geelong’s Scott Peels for a $114,230 pay day.

Returning to next month’s schedule, however, several popular tournaments have again been included – such as the AUD$200 buy-in MegaStack No-Limit Hold’em event, the AUD$550 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (double chance), and the AUD$340 buy-in Seven-Game Mixed Event (H.O.R.S.E/No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha), as well as several No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed events and No-Limit Hold’em Bounties (with AUD$500 per bounty).

New Tournaments Added to Schedule

New events have also been added, including a AUD$400 buy-in Turbo Terminator tournament that will see AUD$100 awarded for every player knocked out, ensuring that action is speedy and loose.

Additionally, the very first Ante Up! event has been included and will, in fact, be the last tournament to begin on Sunday, May 13. This AUD$200 buy-in event’s set-up will see blinds remain stationary while antes increase with each passing level.

Meanwhile, organisers have decided to spring something of a surprise by modifying event #3, the AUD$300 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Teams Non-Stop Turbo, for this year.

This event will now be open to two or three-player teams, with each team-mate having to swap places once an orbit has been completed. In fact, no competitor can play more than one orbit without being replaced, so it should make for an exciting tournament.

For additional tournament details – including satellite events – and entry forms, get yourself on over to www.crownpoker.com.au.

Melbourne Poker Championships Schedule (all times local)

Thursday, May 3:

12:10, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in JHDS Supershot Turbo (one in five win)

14:10, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in JHDS Supershot Turbo (one in five win)

16:10, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in JHDS Supershot Turbo (one in five win)

18:10, Event #1, AUD$500+AUD$50 buy-in Joe Hachem Deepstack 9 Flight 1

Friday, May 4:

10:10, AUD$50+AUD$15 buy-in JHDS Supershot Turbo (one in five win)

12:10, Event #1, AUD$500+AUD$50 buy-in Joe Hachem Deepstack 9 Flight 2 (Repechage)

Saturday, May 5:

10:10, AUD$50+AUD$15 buy-in JHDS Supershot Turbo (one in five win)

12:10, Event #1, AUD$500+AUD$50 buy-in Joe Hachem Deepstack 9 Flight 3 (Repechage)

Sunday, May 6:

12:10, Event #2, AUD$170+AUD$30 buy-in MegaStack No-Limit Hold’em

12:30, Event #1, AUD$500+AUD$50 buy-in Joe Hachem Deepstack 9 Day 2

18:10, Event #3, AUD$260+AUD$40 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Teams Non-Stop Turbo

Monday, May 7:

14:10, Event #4, AUD$300+AUD$40 buy-in Seven-Game Mixed Event (H.O.R.S.E/No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha)

22:00, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in Supershot Turbo (one in five win entry to any AUD$550 buy-in side event)

Tuesday, May 8:

10:10, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in Supershot Turbo (one in five win entry to any AUD$550 buy-in side event)

14:10, Event #5, AUD$500+AUD$50 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (double chance)

22:00, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in Supershot Turbo (one in five win entry to any AUD$550 buy-in side event)

Wednesday, May 9:

10:10, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in Supershot Turbo (one in five win entry to any AUD$550 buy-in side event)

14:10, Event #6, AUD$500+AUD$50 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Bounties (AUD$500 per bounty)

22:00, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in Supershot Turbo (one in five win entry to any AUD$550 buy-in side event)

Thursday, May 10:

10:10, AUD$110+AUD$20 buy-in Supershot Turbo (one in five win entry to any AUD$550 buy-in side event)

14:10, Event #7, AUD$500+AUD$50 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed

18:10, Event #8, AUD$1000+AUD$100 buy-in Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event Day 1 Flight 1

Friday, May 11:

12:10, Event #8, AUD$1000+AUD$100 buy-in Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event Day 1 Flight 2 (Repechage)

Saturday, May 12:

12:10, Event #8, AUD$1000+AUD$100 buy-in Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event Day 1 Flight 3 (Repechage)

Sunday, May 13:

12:10, Event #9, AUD$360+AUD$40 buy-in Turbo Terminator (AUD$100 per knockout)

12:30, Event #8, AUD$1000+AUD$100 buy-in Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event Day 2

18:10, Event #10, AUD$170+AUD$30 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Ante Up!

Monday, May 14:

14:10, Event #8, AUD$1000+AUD$100 buy-in Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event Day 3