The headline on the website for the Star Sydney’s poker room page says it all: WE’RE BACK!
Like most live poker tournament series, the Sydney Champs didn’t happen in 2020. The pandemic shut down casinos in early 2020, and though there were attempts to reopen the casino – and even the poker room – at limited capacity several times, it wasn’t until 2021 that the light at the end of the tunnel appeared. Not only are poker players excited to return to the Star Sydney, they and poker room management are very much looking forward to the 2021 Sydney Champs.
It will begin on 21 July and run through 2 August, with nine tournaments and something for everyone.
Glitch in the History
The Star Sydney first hosted the Sydney Championships in 2009. There were eight primary tournaments during the second week of September that year, and Jarred Graham won the $1,500 buy-in Main Event for $121,500.
Through the years, the series grew to the point of hosting 15 events at the 2018 Sydney Championships. And that year’s Main Event awarded $314,265 to Nebojsa Blanusa for the win.
In 2019, the Star decided to shorten the name to the Sydney Champs and welcome more players. It had also expanded to 18 tournaments over several weeks. That year’s Main Event recorded 600 entries and a prize pool of $1.68M. Hamish Crawshaw won that event for $352,800.
While history will give a break to continuity, the record will show that the 2020 Sydney Champs did not happen due to the pandemic.
Back in Business
Without a doubt, the 2021 Sydney Champs will be the most anticipated by the masses. Poker fans missed their live games tremendously during the many months of closures, especially with the limited online poker options for them as they try to play from Australia.
This year’s series is set to begin on 21 July and run through 2 August. Buy-ins will range from $440 to $3,000, and there will be satellites in the poker room leading up to and throughout the series. In fact, there will be Main Event satellites for the seven weeks leading up to the Sydney Champs. They will guarantee 66 seats into that Main Event but could offer more, dependent upon the turnout for satellites.
The first in-person satellite will be on Tuesday, 1 June. The buy-in will be $330 with a reentry allowed. It will guarantee one seat to the Main Event.
Several satellites will then run each week – $330 for the Main Event and $550 for the $5K Challenge.
Star Poker Sydney also wants to remind players that tables are still restricted to 8-handed action due to Covid-19 restrictions. This could remain in place by the time the series begins. If so, players should pre-register when possible to reserve seats. Online registrations begin on Monday, 24 May.
At this time, players cannot register on site at Star Poker Sydney.
Without Further Ado…
This is the event schedule:
- Event 1 on 21-25 July: $750 buy-in NLHE Opening Event (repachage, 3 starting flights)
- Event 2 on 25 July: $440 buy-in NLHE Turbo (freezeout)
- Event 3 on 26 July: $500 buy-in NLHE Teams Event (freezeout)
- Event 4 on 27-28 July: $660 buy-in Omaha (1 reentry)
- Event 5 on 28-29 July: $5,000 buy-in NLHE $5K Challenge (reentry)
- Event 6 on 29 July: $660 buy-in NLHE Big Bounty (reentry)
- Event 7 on 30 July – 2 August: $3,000 buy-in NLHE Main Event (repachage, 2 starting flights)
- Event 8 on 31 July – 1 August: $1,650 buy-in Omaha (reentry)
- Event 9 on 1-2 August: $1,100 buy-in NLHE Monster Stack (freezeout)
Star Sydney Poker posted the full schedule and structures on its website. Organizers will update the page with any satellite changes or additions and Covid-19 rule changes. There will also be a link for online registrations starting this week.
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