In just a few days the historic Mike Sexton Trophy will arrive in Australia for the first time for a new leg of its World Poker Tour main tour. The festival will be played from September 15-27 and the venue will be The Star Gold Coast.
The full festival will feature 13 events with buy-ins starting at AUD $550. The action will begin on September 15 with the popular Mystery Bounty event featuring a buy-in of $1,350. High Rollers will also be on tap with $10,000 and $20,000 events on the schedule. Australian sporting legend Shane Warne will be remembered with a $550 tribute tournament.
Players who want to qualify the big events without shelling out too much money of their own can take advantage of the satellites that will be offered for the Mystery Bounty, $ 10K High Roller and the $5K Main Event.
The complete schedule with all the events and satellites can be found here.
The Main Event
- Day 1A: Friday, September 23 at 11:30 AM (10 levels)
- Day 1B: Saturday, September 24 at 11:30 AM (10 levels)
- Day 2: Sunday, September 25 at 11:30 AM (10 levels)
- Day 3: Monday, September 26 at 11:30 AM (until final table 6-Max)
- Day 4: Sunday, September 27 at 11:00 AM (final table)
- Buy-In: AUD $5,400
- Re-entry: Single re-entry per Day 1 until the start of level 10
- Starting Stack: 50,000 (250 big blinds)
- Blind Levels: 60 minutes during Day 1, 2 and 4. 90 minutes during Day 3
- First level: 100/200 with 200 Big Blind Ante
- Action Clock: Will be in play at the start of Day 2
- Payouts: Approximately 12.5% of the field
You can see the complete Main Event blind structure here.
Lynn Gilmartin anticipates a great festival
WPT anchor and Australian Poker Hall of Famer Lynn Gilmartin, will be on-site during the festival and expressed her excitement to us about the upcoming events: “The WPT Australia festival is set to be huge with the Sexton Cup landing on Aussie soil for the very first time with our $5,400 WPT Main Event. The schedule also features two high roller events, making the journey ultra attractive for international players.”
— Lynn Gilmartin (@LynnGilmartin) August 28, 2022
Lynn also shared her thoughts about the festival venue and the activites she recommends to players during a day off: “The Star Gold Coast is a fantastic property, located by the beach for a quintessential Aussie experience. For a day off the felt, I highly recommend visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, located just 20 minutes from The Star, to meet some of our nation’s icons.”
WPT Meet Up Game with Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen
Celebrity vloggers and WPT Ambassadors Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen will be in Australia to host a fun WPT Meet Up Game on September 21. The friendly $2/$5 cash games will be played from 6 PM to 10 PM.
This presents an ideal opportunity to share a table with Brad and Andrew and perhaps feature in one of their blogs if you happen to be involved in a notable hand. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided during the MUG, and participants can also win special prizes! For more information, contact [email protected]
Player of the Festival
All players who win prizes in WPT Australia tournaments will score points for an overall leaderboard and whoever comes out on top at the end of the events will be declared the “Player of the Festival”. The winner will receive a trophy and a WPT Passport valued at USD $5,000 for use in World Poker Tour tournaments.
If you’re looking for the best updates on the most successful players during the WPT Australia festivities, look no further than Poker Media Australia.
In case you haven’t yet booked a place to stay, or perhaps you’ve just gotten the itch to head Down Under after reading this article, here are some options for lodging near the tournament venue:
- The Star Grand
- The Star Residences Epsilon
- The Darling at the Star Gold Coast
- Dorsett Gold Coast
Who will add their name to the prestigious Mike Sexton trophy?