World Series of Poker Expanding into Australia
The World Series of Poker is coming to Australia in 2013. The WSOP
Asia-Pacific will debut in Melbourne, Australia next April. Many
of the top poker pros in the world will be looking to win one of
the five bracelets that will be awarded in the first-ever WSOP APAC.
The Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia will be the home of the
2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific. The tournament will begin in April 4th next
year and run through April 15th. "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," WSOP executive
director Ty Stewart said. The Crown Casino in Melbourne has the
largest poker room in the world outside of North America and is
the home to the Aussie Millions each year.
2005 World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem is excited that
the WSOP is coming to Australia. "It's thrilling to think the
World Series of Poker is coming to Australian soil," Hachem
said. "I know firsthand 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.”
With the addition of the WSOP APAC, there are expected to be more
than 70 bracelets awarded in 2013 with the WSOP, WSOP Europe and
the newly created World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.