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Canberra Hosts 2012 National Poker Championships

The 2012 National Poker Championships came to a compelling conclusion at the weekend, and all eyes were on Canberra as the final table battled it out. It’s a good chance to highlight the excellent casinos that we have in Australia – and the great events in them – that sometimes get overshadowed in the headlines by the big casino resorts.

It’s Canberra’s centenary year next year, and the Canberra casino organisers will be tempted to put on more events like this past weekend’s Poker tournament, which brought attention to the casino for all the right reasons.

Though not the biggest event on the circuit by any means, it was still great to see some real intensity at the final table, which saw some faces that will be familiar to fans of the ANZPT.

It was an active final table by any standards: play was scheduled for two days, but with players falling by the wayside one after the other, it was all done in one day. Bragging rights went to Alex Lee in the early hours of Sunday morning, as he saw off competition from Anthony Aston (who was runner-up for this year’s ANZPT Player of the Year) and finally from Joe Caruso, who couldn’t match Lee’s flush in the final hand. Lee adds victory in Canberra to a 5th-place finish in Sydney – all in all a good year for him.

And there’s no let-up in the ANZPT schedule: it’s over to Melbourne this weekend, and the next big event in the Tour’s calendar. Melbourne is a big one, and not just for the luxurious surroundings of the Crown Melbourne casino resort.

We really like that the schedule at Melbourne kicks off with some modest-buy-in events – first up is a AU$250 opener that’ll run over four days, and which we think really opens up the field and gets people playing Poker. Look out for another great opportunity in the AU$50 buy-in event with a guaranteed AU$100,000 jackpot.

What a great chance to turn a small investment into massive, life-changing money! What we like about these sorts of events is that they open up the game and the venue to more and more Australians, from all walks of life, who have in common a love of the game of Poker, and a desire to give it a go on the big stage.

We can only recommend that you get yourselves into the Poker Rooms and over to some of the fantastic online casinos – like Ruby Fortune Casino and The Gaming Club Casino – that will help you to hone your game to its very sharpest before you sign up to the satellite events to qualify for the big time. Next year, it could be your big win that we’re jealously writing about in these pages...

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