Australasia’s best poker players will meet at Sky City Casino in Auckland this week to play for their share of a prize pool as large as $200,000. The Auckland casino is scheduled to host New Zealand’s biggest poker tournament.

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Sky City Casino is running a special promotion called Festival of Poker (FOP), which will last for 9 days and will end in a $2,200 Main Event. As many as 200 professional poker players are expected to take part in this tournament.

During the past four years, four Kiwi players had won the FOP Main Event championship title. These four winners are Daniel Craker, who won $257,040; Simon Watt, winner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, who won $209,000; Danny Brotha D’ Leaoasavaii, who won $170,000; and Geoff Smith, who won $80,502.

The Festival of Poker attracts top poker players from different parts of the world. This time, Brian Huang, a PokerStars pro who has won more than $600,000 playing live poker tournaments, will take part in the event.

As many as 65 players have qualified for this event through online satellite tournaments held on PokerStars. Besides, there are still opportunities for interested players to qualify as Sky City will be running a number of satellite qualifiers throughout this week.

Richard Callander, general manager (table games) of Sky City Auckland, said: “This event is closely followed internationally and we can’t wait to host so many top players from around the world.”

Sky City’s Festival of Poker will comprise seven major tournaments along with a number of satellite tournaments. Among the events will be a NL Hold’em Turbo tournament, an NL Hold’em Ladies tournament, a PL Omaha 8 Handed tournament, and a NL Hold’em Deep Stack tournament. The highlight of the event will be the NZPT Sky City Festival of Poker Main Event.

Interested players who want to know more about the rules, satellite tournament schedules, terms and conditions, and registration details of Sky City’s Festival of Poker will find the required information at the Sky City website.

The Sky City Casino in Auckland delivers the best poker gaming experience in New Zealand. The casino runs poker tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $15 to $500 every week along with a weekly Sit ‘N’ Go, NL Hold’em poker games, freerolls, and satellite tournaments with generous prizes.

New players will not feel abandoned at Sky City Casino because the official website offers a How to Play Poker guide.