Poker qualifier looms

January 08, 2018

Good mix: Event promoter Dean Cathie is looking forward to classic cars and cards to featuring at the Shepparton Motor Museum's Millions Poker Tournament.

Cards and cool cars will match-up for Shepparton Motor Museum’s Millions Poker Tournament from 12pm on Saturday.

The tournament is a qualifier for the Aussie Millions Poker Tournament and will give one lucky winner the chance to take on the best players in Australia and compete for a first prize of $1.6 million at Crown Casino main event later in January.

This is the first time a satellite tournament for the Aussie Millions Poker Tournament has been hosted in Shepparton and event promoter Dean Cathie said there was potential for it to return in the future.

‘‘I think there is a lot of people behind the idea for the motor museum to host this tournament, I think it is a really good idea and provides a chance for local players from Shepparton and the surrounding areas to win a seat in the Aussie Millions that are valued at $10600 if you buy in outright,’’ Mr Cathie said.

‘‘It’s not a winner-takes-all situation though with people on the final table likely to earn entry to other tournaments.’’

Poker tournaments are popular in pubs and clubs across the region and the 2017 Aussie Millions Tournament proved that amateur players could compete with the professionals.

Shurane ‘‘Shaz’’ Vijataram paid $130 to enter a qualifier and won a ticket the main event where he beat a field of 724, including professionals to pocket $1.6 million.

Shepparton’s Bridges Roe also became an Aussie Millions champion in 2017 winning the No Limit Hold’em Accumulator for $160725.

‘‘It comes down to the day,’’ Mr Cathie said.

‘‘You can be sitting next to someone who has 25 years playing and you have just as good a chance, there are some skill factors, but luck does come into it.

‘‘The event at the motor museum won’t be a high pressure environment, you won’t be sitting next to seven people wearing hoodies and sunglasses.’’

Cost for the Motor Museum Millions Tournament is $250 per player for a $30k stack with the option of an additional $25k stack for an additional $100.

To book a place, phone Shepparton Motor Museum on 5823 5833.

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