Earlier this week the World Series of Poker revealed the full schedule for their upcoming tournament series at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The WSOP Asia-Pacific, or WSOP APAC for short, will feature seven separate events, including five WSOP bracelet events. In addition to the five bracelet tournaments the WSOP APAC will also host a $50,000 buy-in High-Roller tournament and an invite-only Caesar’s Cup event, pitting US players vs. European players vs. Asia-Pacific players.
Among the bracelet events will be a first of its kind “Accumulator” tournament, where players are allowed to enter any or all of the three starting days and any chips they accumulate during those days will be combined when Day 2 begins. The structure seems to be a tweak of the popular reentry format, but in the case of the accumulator, players do not have to bust out of the event to take part in a second Day 1 starting flight, and of course the combining of the players chip stacks from all three days will be another wrinkle players will have to think about when formulating their strategies.
This will be the WSOP’s first foray into the burgeoning Asia-Pacific market as Caesar’s Entertainment tries to build the WSOP brand outside of Las Vegas and globally, working off of the success of WSOP Circuit events in the Us and Canada, the WSOP Europe tournament series, and the WSOP Africa tournaments. The WSOP has high hopes for the WSOP APAC as the tournaments will count towards Player of the Year points, in addition to the 2013 WSOP in Las Vegas this summer and the 2013 WSOP Europe that will be held in Paris, France in October.
In the press release WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart stated, “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,” Stewart when on to say, “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.”
Below you will find the full schedule of events that was posted on the WSOP.com website (Bracelet events are bolded):