The second edition of the WSOP Asia-Pacific is on the way. Hosted by the World Series of Poker, the poker festival will explode with players, chips, massive amounts of cash, gold bracelets, bragging rights, world fame, and the dreams of thousands when it hits Australia’s Crown Casino Melbourne! From October 2nd-18th, featuring 10 gold bracelets, the series will take the majority of the world's poker tournament action down under. If you're going, you can register online at Crown Poker's website.
The series begins on October 2nd with the AU$1,100 No Limit Hold'em Accumulator. The highlight of the event is the AU$10,000 Main Event and has two starting days which expands the possibilities for those interested in playing it. The buy-ins for the series start at AU$1,100 and go as high as AU$25,000.
For those of you that cannot make it, the good news is you can visit PokerWorks' sister site, PokerNews.com, and follow all the action on all 10 events through the Live Reporting page.
“PokerNews is extremely excited to once again work in partnership with both the World Series of Poker and Crown Melbourne, this time for the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific,” said PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. “Last year saw five gold bracelets awarded Down Under, and five more have been added to the schedule for 2014. This will without a doubt make the WSOP Asia-Pacific bigger and better by attracting more players and more big names to the festival. With poker superstars Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu amongst those to win gold last year, anticipation is high once again, and PokerNews couldn’t be happier to be the official live updates provider.”
The 2013 Main Event champion was none other than one of the world's most famous poker players, Daniel Negreanu! He took home is fifth gold bracelet, AU$1,038,825, and took down the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year award. The 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race will come to an end with this year’s WSOP APAC. There are a number of well-known pros that are in the race for POY and are expected to attend and play for that reason. Those players are: Negreanu - fourth on the POY leaderboard; Brandon Shack-Harris - first on the POY leaderboard; and George Danzer - sitting in second place on the POY leaderboard.
"Bigger and better is the best way to describe the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "New events at modest price points like the Dealer's Choice and Terminator No-Limit Hold’em, plus an expansion of overall events and a move to springtime in Melbourne is designed to encourage the North American and European contingent to make this a can’t-miss event. Plus, we have secured the most comprehensive live television coverage in both the U.S. and Australia for both the Main Event and High Roller."
The 2014 WSOP APAC schedule:
|Oct. 2||6:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1a||$1,100|
|Oct. 3||12:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1b||$1,100|
|6:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1c||$1,100|
|Oct. 4||12:30 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Day 1||$2,200|
|Oct. 5||12:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Day 2|
|4:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1||$1,650|
|Oct. 6||12:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Terminator No-Limit Hold'em Day 1||$1,650|
|Oct. 7||12:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Terminator No-Limit Hold'em Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1||$5,000|
|Oct. 8||12:10 p.m.||Terminator No-Limit Hold'em Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Dealer's Choice — 8-Game Day 1||$1,650|
|Oct. 9||12:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Dealer's Choice — 8-Game Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Day 1||$2,200|
|Oct. 10||12:10 p.m.||Dealer's Choice — 8-Game Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Mixed Event Day 1||$5,000|
|Oct. 11||12:10 p.m.||Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Mixed Event Day 2|
|Oct. 12||12:10 p.m.||Mixed Event Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1a||$10,000|
|Oct. 13||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1b||$10,000|
|Oct. 14||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 2|
|Oct. 15||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 3|
|6:10 p.m.||High Roller Day 1||$25,000|
|Oct. 16||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 4|
|2:30 p.m.||High Roller Day 2|
|Oct. 17||2:00 p.m.||High Roller Day 3|
|Oct. 18||2:00 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 5|
“Crown Casino is always a busy place, but there really is no excuse to be shut out this year. The WSOP and Crown Melbourne are prepared to help you book your trip to Australia, and online registration means you won’t have to wait in long lines or be forced to wait as an alternate,” Peters concluded. “As someone who’s been to hundreds of poker tournaments across the globe, there really is no place like Crown Casino and this is a stop you must not miss.”
The WSOP.com has more information available.