Australian casinos are more concerned with getting patrons to play pokies and table games, but poker is booming “Down Under.” The Star Gold Coast revamped and expanded its poker room earlier in the year and is reaping the rewards.

Star Gold Coast hosted a hugely successful World Poker Tour festival in September and October. Now it is the venue for the 2020 Australian Poker Open, including a Super High Roller Bowl event. Poker Central made the announcement last week and it has captured the attention of Australia’s poker community.

The Australian Poker Open takes place between January 25th and January 29th, featuring seven high stakes tournaments. It is the first-ever Australian Poker Open and follows the exciting British Poker Open that ran in September.

Buying into any of the seven Australian Poker Open events isn’t cheap. The smallest buy-ins weigh in at a wallet-damaging $10,000. There is a brace of $25,000 buy-in tournaments, a $50,000 buy-in, and a $100,000 buy-in event.

Poker Central is streaming the action from each of the events’ final tables, which will feature some of the world’s best poker players. We fully expect the likes of Kahle Burns to be present and correct throughout the festival.

2020 Australian Poker Open Schedule

Date Event Tournament
Sat 25 Jan 1 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Sun 26 Jan 2 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Mon 27 Jan 3 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Tue 28 Jan 4 $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Wed 29 Jan 5 $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Thu 30 Jan 6 $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Fri 31 Jan 7 $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Sun 2 Feb SHRB $250,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Super High Roller Bowl Australia Will Be Huge

The inaugural Super High Roller Bowl Australia brings the curtain down on the Australian Poker Open. Super High Roller Bowls are ultra high-stakes tournaments attended by poker’s elite grinders. This particular event costs $250,000 to enter, pricing itself out of reach of all but the world’s greatest players.

Fifty-one players bought into the Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas in November, creating a US$12,750,000 prize pool. Canada’s Daniel Dvoress was the last man standing and he collected US$4,080,000.

This Australian edition has the potential to be one of the best attended tournaments in Super High Roller Bowl history. It isn’t a coincidence that the festival starts as the 2020 Aussie Millions ends. Aussie Millions launched in 1998 and is now a must-play festival on the live poker calendar.

Crown Casino Melbourne is gearing up for a huge festival, one where figures could increase due to PokerStars scrapping their Caribbean Adventure that traditionally runs just before Aussie Millions. High rollers will have money burning a hole in their pocket and where better than Australia to spend it?

Past Super High Roller Bowl Champions

Date Buy-in Entries Champion Prize
July 2015 $500,000 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000
June 2016 $300,000 49 Reiner Kempe $5,000,000
May 2017 $300,000 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000
March 2018 HK$2,100,000 75 Justin Bonomo US$4,823,077
May 2018 $300,000 48 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000
December 2018 $300,000 36 Isaac Haxton $3,672,000
September 2019 £252,500 12 Cary Katz £2,100,000
November 2019 $250,000 51 Daniel Dvoress $4,080,000

“Creating the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia represents a key milestone for Poker Central and an important moment for our business as we further our international reach,” said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. “As we bring our premier high roller event brands to new players and new destinations around the globe, PokerGO subscribers continue reaping the rewards of captivating poker content featuring the world’s best players.”

“Off the back of hosting Australia’s first World Poker Tour Festival, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome these premier poker events to Australia, and to our property,” said Jessica Mellor, COO of The Star Gold Coast. “Earlier this year, we were recognized as one of the world’s best-integrated resorts in Asia, so bringing these global tournaments further enhances our reputation for hosting mega-events and driving tourism to Queensland.”