PokerStars Releases ANZPT Season 2 Dates

Tony Hachem

The largest poker tour in Australia and New Zealand promises to be bigger and better in its second season.

PokerStars announced dates for the second season of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) today and six events across the two countries are already confirmed with more to be announced in the near future.

"The ANZPT provides Australian and New Zealand poker players with a professionally-executed tour in their own backyard," said ANZPT Commissioner Danny McDonagh. "The ANZPT Player of the Year is now clearly the most coveted poker award in this region."

The tour will begin with a stop in Adelaide from Feb. 9-14, 2010, at the Adelaide Casino. After Adelaide the tour will move on to Perth, Sydney, Queenstown, Gold Coast and finally Melbourne in the fall of 2010.

New for this year is Perth, capital of Western Australia.

“We are thrilled to be part of the ANZPT,” said Jason Barry, general manager of table games at Burswood Casino. “We feel this is just what our players have been waiting for and we expect big numbers will take in the first ANZPT Perth Tournament.”

Season 1 of the ANZPT drew a total of 1,309 players and awarded $2.9 million in prize money over its five events.

Tony Hachem was the ANZPT Player of the Year last season, winning $19,239 AUD and a spot on Team PokerStars Australia for this year when he cashed in four of the five ANZPT events.

Below is the preliminary schedule for the ANZPT season 2:


City: Dates: Buy-in:
Adelaide, Australia Feb. 9-14, 2010 $3,000 AUD
Perth, Australia March 17-21, 2010 $2,500 AUD
Sydney, Australia April 21-25, 2010 $2,200 AUD
Queenstown, New Zealand   July 17-25, 2010 $2,500 NZD
Gold Coast, Australia Aug. 11-15, 2010 $2,500 AUD
Melbourne, Australia Oct. 8-11, 2010 TBA

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