Ladies and gentlemen of the poker world, the day you have all been waiting for has finally arrived. Today marks the start of the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP-APAC) where five coveted WSOP bracelets, fame and fortune will be won.
The five bracelet events and two non-bracelet events will take place April 4-15 inside the vast Crown Casino, Melbourne. The Crown has a long and successful history in hosting major events; it is the home of the Aussie Millions after all.
The first bracelet-awarding event is the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator, which is sure to attract a massive crowd. This tournament is unique in that players can buy in on each of the three starting flights and should they managed to progress to Day 2, they take all of their Day 1 chips with them!
For example, Player A buys into all three starting flights and ends with 20,000 chips on Day 1A, 9,000 chips on Day 1B and 115,000 chips on Day 1C. Player A would start Day 2 with 144,000 chips! This relatively new format creates an interesting dynamic and could see the prize pool swell to epic proportions.
The other bracelet events are a $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha (April 7-9), a $2,200 Mixed Event (April 8-10), a tournament that is sure to be pro-heavy, the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max (April 9-11) and the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (April 11-15).
The Main Event should see over 500 players take to the Crown Poker Room felt and battle it out for a slice of the gigantic prize pool. With the WSOP-APAC Main Event featuring a much more condensed field that the Las Vegas equivalent, expect the tables to be stacked with pros like they are at the WSOP-Europe events.
There are also two non-bracelet events, the Caesars Cup and the $50,000 High Roller. The Caesars Cup is an invite-only tournament that sees a Joe Hachem-led Team Asia-Pacific lock horns with Phil Ivey’s Team America and Sam Trickett’s Team Europe in a series of poker matches with bragging rights and national pride at stake!
The $50,000 High Roller, which allows players to re-enter, should see some of the very best players in the world descend on Melbourne to compete in it. The aforementioned Trickett, Hachem and Ivey are all sure to play, as is Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier and a whole host of other big names and poker stars. Should the infamous Macau businessmen hop on a flight to Melbourne, expect a bunch of stars to join them in an attempt to pick up some of the value the businessmen create.
Stay tuned to PokerNetwork as we bring you recaps of the WSOP-APAC action from start to finish.
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