WSOP Asia-Pacific Set for October 2014

Posted at 13:59 2013-11-26 by Tim Duckworth

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) and Crown Melbourne have announced that the second WSOP Asia-Pacific is set to take place from October 1st – 17th, 2014 with 10 gold bracelet events on the unconfirmed schedule.

Although this time frame is usually reserved for WSOP Europe, it has also been announced that WSOP Asia-Pacific and WSOP Europe will rotate on a biannual basis with Asia-Pacific reserved for even years (2014, 2016 etc) and Europe for odd years (2015, 2017 etc). This shift also settles the debate of how the WSOP Player of the Year will be influenced as the WSOP in Las Vegas will be a fresh start for all players while Asia-Pacific and Europe will act like a sports playoffs.

“We are excited to return to Melbourne in 2014 for WSOP APAC and the beginning of a new era for our international championships.” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “The WSOP standard is bigger, better and different. Moving to a rotational approach, with one international event per year allows for better organization and more marketing in each region. We also want to do right by the players, and provide more value for their travel dollar. There is a glut of poker tournaments around the world, and our vision is to each year put on a single global showcase that can’t be missed.”

The shift in dates from the original WSOP Asia-Pacific (April 4th – 15th, 2013) to the current dates of October 1st – 17th, 2014 will allow Crown Melbourne and the Crown Poker Room an extended opportunity to organise satellites and promotions to not only the Main Event, but all 10 gold bracelet events on the schedule.

“Crown is once again proud and excited about this partnership between two industry leaders to create another premier poker event in this region,” said Crown Melbourne Chief Operating Officer Xavier Walsh. “The new scheduling sits perfectly within the Melbourne events calendar, at the tail end of the Australian Rules Football finals and the beginning of the internationally renowned Spring Racing Carnival. This provides Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, which will in turn form an integral part of Crown’s global marketing strategy to attract additional international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne.”

This announcement that WSOP Asia-Pacific is to stay for the foreseeable future comes on the back of the recent partnership between the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) and the Aussie Millions for their Main Event. Combining globally aired television production, a date change that allows substantial time for players to satellite into or build a bankroll, the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific will no doubt be bigger and more heavily attended than the inaugural installment earlier this year in April.

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