The World Series of Poker announced the schedule for its upcoming Asia-Pacific event Tuesday, with Melbourne playing host to five bracelet events in early April.
WSOP APAC will kick off on April 4 with the first of three starting days in Event 1, an $1,100 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a twist. Labeled an ‘Accumulator’, players have the option of buying in on all three of the starting days and combining their end of day chip stacks from each. As the Mixed Max format debuted at WSOP Europe, APAC will now debut a format unfamiliar to the WSOP but one that helps it distinguish itself from other WSOP events. It’s the first time a WSOP bracelet will be awarded outside of Las Vegas, London or Cannes.
“Ever since Australian Joe Hachem won the WSOP Main Event in 2005, we dreamed of the day we could hear Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi, Oi on native soil,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We can’t wait for the first WSOP Asia-Pacific to begin, and we hope with a solidified schedule, players from around the globe will plan their trip to Melbourne in April as we make WSOP history awarding the first bracelets in the Southern Hemisphere.”
WSOP APAC will be the second major tournament series in Australia, with the Crown Casino in Melbourne playing host to both events. Crown Melbourne’s CEO Greg Hawkins spoke highly of the WSOP and the arrangement that the two groups have formed.
“Crown is thrilled to have partnered with the biggest poker brand in the world, the World Series of Poker,” said Hawkins. “Players from all over the globe will descend on Crown Melbourne in April, all vying for one of the five coveted bracelets on offer. The five WSOP APAC bracelet winners will etch their names in the long and coveted history that is the World Series of Poker.”
Event 2 is a $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha event, while Event 3 is a $2,200 8-Game Mix tournament. The schedule of bracelet events is rounded out with Event 4, a $5,000 Six-handed No Limit Hold’em tournament, and Event 5, the $10,000 Main Event. For those with deep pockets who bust out before Day 3 of the Main Event, a $50,000 High Roller with rebuys will start on Saturday, April 13, with many of the super high-stakes gamblers from Macau expected to attend.
WSOP APAC will also see the return of the Caesars Cup, with teams from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe squaring off for the right to take on defending Caesars Cup champions America. Joe Hachem will captain the Asia-Pacific team, with other captains and team members to be revealed at a later date.
The first four bracelet events at WSOP APAC will be live-streamed via the internet, with the Main Event, High Roller and Caesars Cup being broadcast on television.
- April 4 – Event 1: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator – Day 1A
- April 5 – Event 1: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator – Day 1B
- April 6 – Event 1: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator – Day 1C (3 day event)
- April 7 – Event 2: $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha – Day 1 (3 day event)
- April 8 – Event 3: $2,200 8-Game Mixed Event (3 day event)
- April 9 – Event 4: $5,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em (3 day event)
- April 11 – Event 5: $10,000 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event (5 day event)
- April 13 – $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller w/Re-Buys (2 day Event)
- April 14 – Caesars Cup Invitational – Asia Pacific vs. Europe vs. The Americas