WSOP heads down under

WSOP heads down under

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The World Series of Poker's global expansion continues with the news that it will be heading Down Under next year. The first WSOP Asia Pacific series will be held at the Crown in Melbourne from 4-15 April 2013 with five bracelets up for grabs.

“Our goal is to establish the worldwide grand slam of poker and use our platform to elevate the game through a series of major championships,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “With WSOP Las Vegas growing annually and WSOP Europe poised for long-term success after five years, the time is right to turn our attention to the dynamic poker scene in Asia and Australia. Given Crown’s success with the ‘Aussie Millions Poker Championship’, we couldn’t ask for a better partner than Crown to establish the Asia-Pacific’s definitive poker festival.”

Precise details of the tournament schedule are expected to be released later this year. One man who will definitely be playing is Joe Hachem. The 2005 WSOP champion said, “It’s thrilling to think the World Series of Poker is coming to Australian soil. I know first-hand what a life-changing moment winning the WSOP gold bracelet was and how it served as a catalyst for the growth of poker in Australia and Asia. It will be a dream come true to host a worldwide poker event such as this at Crown. I can’t wait.”

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Tags: WSOP, Crown Melbourne, Joe Hachem