NSW GTD$50,000 Pro Open
Saturday 22nd December 2018: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, 20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park, NSW 2193
Gajan Kulen scores second Pro Open title at Smithfield RSL!
After APL legend Trevor Allen took out a staggering fourth Pro Open in October the November event saw another repeat winner. Gajan Kulen took the win at Smithfield RSL on Saturday beating out 359 others to score $11,600 from the $50,000 ALL CASH prize pool. This backed up his win in November 2014 which saw him represent TeamAPL at the 2015 WSOP Main Event.
With previous champions “Raja” and Trevor Alan in the field, it was going to be a highly contested field and there were plenty of highs and lows throughout the day.
Gajan was quiet throughout the early stages and only started heading up after a nice scoop holding J4 in the BB and the flop running out 4J4. Kulen had 87% of the chips in play at the start of the final table and it was going to be very tough to take the lead off him.
In the end Gajan was too strong, edging out Vida Gonzales and Peter Nguyen who took home $7,200 and $3,000 respectively. Both Vida and Peter did the South West proud, while Gajan took the honours for the Canterbury region.
The next State Champs will be hosted at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL on December 22nd. Good luck to all those chasing qualification.
Saturday 19th January 2019: Smithfield RSL, Cnr Cumberland Hwy & Neville Street, Smithfield NSW 2164
Saturday 23rd February 2019: The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
Saturday 23rd March 2019: Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke Street, Rooty Hill NSW 2766
Registration Opens - 10.00am / Start - 11.00am with 2 hours late registration
We have reimagined the iconic NSW PRO OPEN and created AUSTRALIAS LARGEST MONTHLY CASH PRIZE POOL with the new NSW GTD$50,000 PRO OPEN. It looks completely different and has been designed to give you, the player, the best poker experiance possible with a huge prizepool, relaxed blinds in a single-flight event with a generous starting stack. We have changed to Pro Open to a Saturday and are starting an hour earlier than previously to allow for the longer days play.
For more info check out the FAQ's at the bottom of the page.
NSW GTD$50,000 PRO OPEN – ALL CASH!
*$50 of the buy-in goes directly to the prize pool. $5 Admin fee.
Rolling breaks will run throughout the day
Note: Blind structure is subject to change.
MINIMUM PAYOUT STRUCTURE:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why has the day changed?
We changed the day to allow time for the relaxed blinds of the single-flight structure which will make for a longer days play. We are also starting play one hour earlier at 11.00am.
What if I can’t make it to the event, can I transfer my qualification?
No, just like the old Pro Open you can’t transfer your qualification. However, while your first and second qualifications are used for the buy-in and the top-up, you can transfer any additional qualifications.
Why did you take away the tickets to the APL Million?
We have just moved the APL Million tickets, now 10 every month, to the prize pool of the monthly NSW GTD$30,000 State Champs. The NSW GTD$50,000 Pro Open prize pool is 100% CASH. If the prize pool exceeds $50,000 this will also be paid out in CASH. Full details of the prize pool can be found at www.playAPL.com.
Are there still second-chance tickets given away at these events?
No, we have removed the second-chance tickets from the prize pool. You must either win your way in, or buy-in to the event on the day.
1st and 2nd used to get entry at Pro-Series games, why not now?
Every qualification to the Pro Open means $50 is added to the prize pool on the day. This needs to come from each nightly prize pool and in most cases it is too much to take more than $50 from a pool.
If I don’t win a qualification how much does it cost to buy-in?
Buy-in is $55 on the day at registration for a start stack of T25,000, with optional top-up that must be purchased at the same time. The top up is $50 for an additional T30,000. Maximum stack is T55,000.
Can I transfer my qualification to another month if I can’t play this month?
No, any qualification that you win at a nightly game must be used for the event in the coming month (e.g. qualifications in August must be used as entry to the Pro Open event in September). Some regions may give out transferable entries from time to time. These can be used up until the date indicated on the ticket.
Do I have to purchase a top-up to play?
No you don’t, however it is likely that the majority of the field will choose to add to their stack by purchasing the top-up at the time of registration. It is important to understand you only have the one opportunity to do this at registration. You can’t change your mind after the game has commenced to decide to purchase your top-up.