Once upon a time a handful of events in Vegas and a few home grown tourneys in your local Sydney or Melbourne casino were all that were on offer for Australian live poker fans.
Fast forward to 2017 and the live poker calendar, both in Oz and abroad, is rammed with live Hold'em tournaments every week.
Big live events packed with pros carry big buy-ins to match, with the World Series of Poker Main Event $10,000 to enter, and the annual Aussie Millions event AUD$10,000 to bag your seat at the table.
But there's good news – dozens of sites offer huge satellite schedules so that you can qualify online for just a few bucks. So, what are you waiting for? Don't bother saving up 10k to enter a major event – find a great low-buy-in satellite and qualify on the cheap. Let's look at some of the big poker tourneys you'll want to play.
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Aussie Millions – Join The Wizards Of Oz!
The annual Aussie Millions event takes place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne in January, and attracts many of the world's best pros plus a healthy dose of local talent.
The cheapest way to qualify is to head for a big online site like PokerStars, who run daily and weekly satellites for Aussie punters wanting to bag a seat for pennies.
The best way to qualify is on PokerStars.com. The world's biggest poker room has satellites starting at just 20FPP (Frequent Player Points) around November time, but you can buy-in direct to larger satellites for a few dollars. Win through to, or buy straight into, the final satellite for $700 and you'll have a shot at winning a package into the Aussie Millions. The seat alone is worth AUD$10,000, but 'Stars often guarantee at least one seat in their online qualifier finals.