LAS VEGAS, NV (November 25, 2019) – Poker Central today announced further expansion of its premier poker events to Australia, with the creation of Super High Roller Bowl Australia and the Australian Poker Open, slated for January 2020. The Australian Poker Open will begin on January 25th and continue through February 1, while Super High Roller Bowl Australia will take place on February 2nd and run for three days. Both events will stream exclusively on PokerGO, Poker Central’s OTT streaming service, and will take place at The Star Gold Coast in Broadbeach, Queensland. The two high roller events will be held in partnership with the World Poker Tour®, which held its first-ever Australian tour stop at The Star Gold Coast in October.
The Super High Roller Bowl and Poker Open events are Poker Central owned and operated tournaments that are growing in international footprint. Following expansion of the formats to the United Kingdom earlier this year, along with previous tournaments in China, Poker Central is meeting the demand for high-end poker events across the globe for players and viewers alike.
“Creating the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia represents a key milestone for Poker Central and an important moment for our business as we further our international reach,” said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. “As we bring our premier high roller event brands to new players and new destinations around the globe, PokerGO subscribers continue reaping the rewards of captivating poker content featuring the world’s best players.”
“Coming off the heels of the highly successful WPT® Australia, the World Poker Tour is thrilled to partner with The Star Gold Coast once again as part of Super High Roller Bowl Australia and the Australian Poker Open as we expand our global partnership with Poker Central,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour.
“Off the back of hosting Australia’s first World Poker Tour Festival, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome these premier poker events to Australia, and to our property,” said Jessica Mellor, COO of The Star Gold Coast. “Earlier this year, we were recognised as one of the world’s best integrated resorts in Asia, so bringing these global tournaments further enhances our reputation for hosting mega events and driving tourism to Queensland.”
The Australian Poker Open will have a total of seven different events over eight days, with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 – $100,000 in varying poker formats, including No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Short Deck. The player who earns the most High Roller of the Year points during the series will be named the Australian Poker Open Champion and will receive the first-ever Australian Poker Open trophy.
Super High Roller Bowl Australia is a three-day event with a buy-in of $250,000 and includes a single re-entry option. In addition to the multimillion-dollar first place prize, the event’s winner will receive the custom-designed Super High Roller Bowl Australia championship ring. As is customary across other Poker Central high roller events, the first on-time entry in all events will be rake-free.
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Poker Central is the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables. Poker Central delivers poker’s most premier live events around the world via PokerGO, its direct-to-consumer OTT subscription service, as well as through network television distribution. PokerGO delivers over 100 days of live poker on an annual basis alongside a video-on-demand library that features original series and classic poker programming. Streaming and televised tournaments include its owned tournaments, such as Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and U.S. Poker Open, along with The World Series of Poker and WPT final tables, among others. For more information, visit www.pokercentral.com and www.pokergo.com.
About the World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 18th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XVIII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com. ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE). For more information, go to WPT.com.
About The Star Gold Coast
Since its inception in 1985, The Star Gold Coast has become the coastal city’s most iconic tourism and entertainment destination and today welcomes around 3.5 million visitors a year through its doors. Owned and operated by The Star Entertainment Group, the property has continued to evolve significantly since embarking on an extraordinary transformation, and has become home to some of the nation’s biggest events including the first World Poker Tour in Australia. Along with its consortium partners, the company is currently building a $400 million, 53-storey first mixed-use tower at The Star Gold Coast, which will bring the internationally-acclaimed Dorsett hotel brand to Australia for the first time when it opens around 2022. Further, the partners have approval for an additional $2 billion-plus masterplan for The Star Gold Coast, which includes an additional four towers and resort amenities.