Sunday, August 27, 2006

APA Adelaide under directions has closed its branch

It appears that APA Adelaide has had to close its branch, due to poker playing still being illegal in South Australia. I will leave the link in the sidebar, however, as the forums there are still active, and the branch could reopen following a victory in court proving poker to be a game of skill rather than luck.

Read more about the announcement at the links below:

Poker Network Discussion

APA Disscussion

WSOP Round Up – Aussies Rake in Over $3M in Cash

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Well the 2006 World Series of Poker has wound up, and whilst Australia couldn’t produce a Main Event champ for the second year running, the largest Aussie (and NZ) contingent ever certainly made their mark. This year, a total of 37 “Aussies” cashed 65 times for a total of $3,295,019 in prizemoney. Out of the 65 cashes, ten were at final tables, and almost half of the Australians that cashed did so more than once. Here’s a recap of some of the stellar performances from this year’s WSOP...

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Check out this article on Poker Network about how the Aussies fared at the recent WSOP. Its great to see a host of Aussies being successful at poker to carry on the efforts of Joe Hachem winning the Main Event last year.

Adelaide Pilgrimage – The Home of Oz Poker?

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Weekend May 27/28 2006 recognises the return of Adelaide Casino to the Casino Poker Tournament World. For many years 1987 to 1999 it was the true “Home of Australasian Poker” and a Mecca for interstate players once or twice a year. Tournament Poker was in its infancy at the time and for many years “Adelaide was the only true Game in Town”...

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Check out this great article by "The Master" on Poker Network about poker in Adelaide. It is very interesting and features the history of poker in Adelaide and some key events over the years, a great read.

Poker Raid Wrap Up

I haven't posted here for quite a while due to a number of different reasons. I have stopped offering my home game to people from the public due to the murky waters regarding legality of poker in South Australia.

If you look back at my previous posts you will see that there was a raid on a major Poker Tournament in South Australia last year. About 100 players were arrested for "unlawful gaming." Some of the players have decided to take their case to court arguing that poker is a game of skill (which it is), while others decided to just accept the charges.

This article says that the charges for anyone pleading guilty will simply be a fine of $50 and no conviction. Read more here.