Star Poker Sydney Championships


Published on 20 June 2016.

The Star Sydney will play host to the annual Sydney Championships poker tournament from 26 July - 8 August, with qualifying satellites kicking off on 28 June. Now in its sixth year, The Star for the first time will guarantee a prize pool of $1.25 million over the series. There are nine events over the 14 day Sydney Championships schedule including the $3,000 buy-in Main Event running from 5-8 August.

Players who want to qualify for the Main Event, will have a 1 in 8 chance to guarantee themselves a seat with $400 Sit & Go buy-in satellites ($375 + $25 fee), alongside regular $330 buy-in satellites ($300 buy-in plus $30 entry fee) awarding one seat for every $3,000 in the prize pool. Players can also buy directly into the Main Event for $3,300.

The Star’s General Manager, Gaming Operations, Hugh Fraser looks forward to welcoming poker players of all abilities.

“Since The Star first offered poker to patrons over 10 years ago, we’ve continued to see a rise in the popularity of the game.”

“Last year’s tournament saw an 18% increase in participation with 2,020 players competing from all over Australia and internationally. This year, we are catering for poker players on every level, whether it be from our $330 opening event or a high roller challenge with a $7,000 buy-in.”

Sydney local and university student Benjamin Jee was the winner of last year’s $3,000 buy-in Main Event, taking home a whopping $200,634 in prize money.

In addition to their cash prize, the champion of this year’s Main Event will also receive a $9,000 24 karat gold diamond and sapphire encrusted Sydney Championships trophy ring, custom made by Cerrone Jewellers.

Poker is offered at The Star 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For tournament conditions, schedules, buy-in details and to register visit or visit the Poker Room on the Main Gaming Floor.

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*Tournament conditions apply.Series Guarantee is based on the combined guaranteed prize pools of four (4) tournaments out of the nine (9) tournament series, with the four (4) events being: the Opening Event from 26 July 2016, Poker Media 6-Handed Event from 31 July 2016, $7k Challenge from 3 August 2016 and Main Event from 5 August 2016. To enter any Poker Tournament at The Star, you must be aged 18 years or over and an Absolute Rewards member. Buy-In is non-refundable within five days prior to the tournament, except at the discretion of The Star or if the tournament is cancelled.

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About The Star Sydney: The Star Sydney is Australia’s premier place to play. A sip of sparkling. A dozen freshly shucked oysters. Crisp white sheets and red carpet. Diamonds and spades. Gucci and gastronomy. The day begins with luxury – where it ends is up to you. At The Star, we have just one mission –– to thrill. That’s why we have all-star chefs and restaurants, luxurious accommodation and high-end fashion, a sumptuous day spa, an amazing nightclub, and, of course, the world-class casino. It’s all yours for the taking, so will you? Come and play at The Star.