Friday, April 03, 2015

2015 Adelaide Poker Schedule

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For poker players in Australia looking for some of the best tournament action, Adelaide offers a full slate of tournaments year-round, boasting a wide variety of tournament structures and buy-ins. From the casual-playing amateur to the seasoned professional, Adelaide holds tournaments sure to appeal to every level of competitor. Check out some of the highlighted tournaments taking place in Adelaide this year:

Poker SA Classic, April 15-19, Maylands Hotel

One of the two largest tournaments offered annually in Adelaide, the Poker SA Classic combines great hospitality with high-intensity poker action to make an unforgettable poker tournament.

Spanning from Wednesday-Sunday, the Classic hosts events for all kinds of poker enthusiasts, with enticing prize pools. Take a look at the tournament schedule:

Wednesday, April 5: $250 6-Handed Pot Limit Omaha Event, 4pm

Thursday, April 6: $300 8-Handed Texas Hold 'Em Event, 4pm

Friday, April 7: $290 Terminator Event, 4pm
Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9: There are no free bets in this tournament which is a $1600 Poker SA Classic No Limit Hold 'Em Main Event, 12:30 pm 

Sunday, April 9: $2400 No Limit Hold 'Em High Roller Event, 4:30 pm

All of the tournaments in the Poker SA Classic boast deep starting stacks and slow-climbing blind levels, allowing plenty of time on the felt for players, as well as plenty of room to manoeuvre. This isn't the place for free bets however, there is stellar food and beverage service provided with all of the tournaments, and included in tournament entry fees. Each event has a premium meal and drink service, while the Main Event and High Roller Event offer a full silver platter food service during breaks.

Poker SA Diamond Series, October 21-25 Maylands Hotel

The other major tournament series held in Adelaide is the infamous Diamond Series. This series offers a similar mix of poker games, with even more tantalising prize pools. Check out the tournament schedule:

Wednesday, October 21: $320 6-Handed Pot Limit Omaha, 4pm

Thursday, October 22: $440 8-Handed Texas Hold 'Em, 4pm

Friday, October 23: $340 Terminator Event, 4pm

Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25: $2400 Poker SA Diamond Series Main Event, 12:30pm

Sunday, October 24: $3700 No Limit Hold 'Em High Roller Event, 3:30pm

From a bounty tournament (Terminator event) to PLO and NLHE tourneys, the Diamond Series offers the same eclectic mix of tournament action as the Poker SA Classic, with slightly higher buy-in fees, meaning higher prize payouts. The tournament offers the same great dining options as the Poker SA Classic, including premium food and beverage services, that are inclusive in the tournament entry fees. The weekend tournaments offer silver platter service, with inclusive premium meal options, such as chicken and prawn, or pork rib eye.

Weekly Tournaments, Year-Round

In addition to the two major events held at the Maylands Hotel in Adelaide, there are weekly poker tournaments held year-round, offering guaranteed action on the felt five or six days a week. Here's a look at the weekly staples:

Mondays: This is the closest tournament for providing free bets at $50 No Limit Hold 'Em Tournament, 7pm

Tuesdays: $160 No Limit Hold 'Em, $4k Guaranteed, 7pm

Wednesdays: $100 No Limit Hold 'Em, $3k Guaranteed, 7pm

Thursdays: $130 No Limit Hold 'Em Re-Buy Tournament, 7pm

Fridays: $100 No Limit Hold 'Em, 7:30 pm

Sundays: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Terminator Events (Varied)

Sunday tournaments at the Maylands don't occur every week, so check the schedule for specific dates:
The special Sunday tournaments offer increased buy-ins and prize pools, as well as the Mayland Hotel's famous food and drink service to keep you going throughout your tournament action.

To learn more on how to qualify for these events, visit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Poker SA Classic at the Maylands Hotel

This past week, the team at Poker SA announced the schedule for their biggest tournament of the year - the four day Poker SA Classic Series, running April 15-19 at the Maylands Hotel, in May lands, South Australia.

This series is packed with action, offering a variety of tournaments over the four-day span that are sure to include something for every poker enthusiast.

The SA Classic kicks off on Wednesday, April 19 with a $250 6-handed Pot Limit Omaha event at 4pm, to start a thrilling five days of poker action. The 6-handed tournament offers a $25k starting stack for all players, a deep stack that is typical of SA Classic play, along with 25 minute blind levels. This deep stack format allows players plenty of time to manoeuvre, and guarantees that all players will see plenty of time on the felt.

Thursday's SA Classic slate offers a $300 8-handed Texas Hold 'Em event, with the same format as Wednesday's PLO event - $25k starting stack, and 25 minute blinds. Players will be allowed a maximum of one re-entry into the tournament, up until the first break, when late registration cuts off as well.

Friday is the SA Classic Terminator event, a thrilling No-Limit Hold 'Em poker contest with a twist. Entry to the 4pm tournament is $290. From that $290, each player will have a bounty on them of $80, and for every player you knock out of the tournament, you collect their $80 bounty, in addition to the main prize pool. Starting stacks are once again $25k, with 25 minute levels and one optional re-entry.

Saturday marks the start of headlining event of the Poker SA Classic - the $1,600 No-Limit Hold 'Em Main Event at 12:30pm. This two-day tournament draws a huge field annually, ensuring the winner will take home a big cash from this hefty prize pool. The Main Event is the deepest stack tournament of the series, offering $35k starting stack, 45 minute blind levels and no re-entries. The Main Event will surely test the skills of its entrants, with players chasing a big-time payday. 

The Poker SA Classic rounds out on Sunday with its No-Limit Hold 'Em High Roller Event starting at 3:30pm. The High Roller Event boasts a $2,400 buy-in for serious poker players, with $25k starting stacks, 25 minute blind levels, and no re-entries. 

If all of this great poker action wasn't enough, the Poker SA Classic Series is notorious for its stellar food and beverage services. Every tournament on the schedule comes with premium meals and drinks service, inclusive in the tournament entry fees. The Main Event and High Rollers Event go even beyond that, offering a full silver platter food service during breaks, which is also included in the tournament entry fee. Last year's silver platter even included such delicacies as prawns and lobster tails! 

Players come from across the world to compete in the Poker SA Classic Series, a testament to the fantastic hospitality and tournament action offered at the Maylands Hotel for this series. It is the first of two major events being held by Poker SA this year, with the popular Diamond Series scheduled to run in October.

This article is written by John Hawthorne who writes for When he's not writing about poker or horse racing he can be found at the race track applying his master knowledge about how to break even.