Melbourne Poker Championship Ready for Kick-Off

Australia has been known to produce some of the best poker players in the live tournament circuit and with the Melbourne Poker Championship ready for kick-off come the 16th of May, we may just see new players emerge – or we can witness poker pros battling it out against each other for the title.

The tournament will consist of fifteen championship events starting with the kick-off event of the $175 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em games.  One of the much-awaited highlights of this poker championship tourney is the $5.2k High Stakes event.

For the 2nd event, a re-buy tourney will surely be anticipated by players who wish to start off in low denomination games, with the games only requiring a $50 buy-in plus a re-buy of only $25.  Pot Limit Omaha and the $250 buy-in Bounty Event will likewise be taking place during the 1st week of the Melbourne Poker Championship tournament.


Other than the abovementioned, poker players will surely converge for this poker championship tourney as players are given multiple chances of advancing to day 2 of the tourney.

A total of 3 chances to make it to day 2 will be given to players during Event No. 5, with the $240 buy-in event where a total of $100k will be at stake.  The game play will go as follows:  players will have a chance to play at Flights 1, 2 and 3.  If they get thrown-out of the table during any of these games, they can re-enter in the next available Flight game.

So for instance, if you get kicked-out of Flight 1, you can still join Flight 2 and in the same manner, if you get kicked-out of Flight 2, Flight 3 is still open for you, or it can also happen in any order.  Kicked-out of Flights 1 and 2?  There’s still Flight 3 for you.  This type of game play increases the players’ chances of making it to day 2 of the poker championship tournament.

As for the main event, players will also get the same chances given during Event No. 5.  This translates to players having 3 opportunities to advance to the final table and bag the championship title!  Buy-in for the main event is pegged at $1.1k.


Last year, out of the seven hundred and twenty-five players who registered, the emerging winner was Sydney’s Todor Kondevski, where he won $150k in total prizes.  From two years past, it was James Broom who brought home the title, beating all six hundred and sixty-eight other players.

In 2007, it was Hai Bo Chu who bested four hundred and forty-nine players to the title.

This year, it remains to be seen whether Kondevski can have another winning streak and bag the title once again.  Players who are expected to turn up for the tourney are Joe Hachem, who won the World Series of Poker title back in 2005; and Tony Hachem, who is brother to Joe and PokerStars Australia NZ Poker Tour Player of the Year.

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