Back in January, Joe Hachem announced a new strategic partnership with gaming giant AsianLogic. Already, we’ve seen Hachem front and centre on the Asian Poker Tour (owned and run by AsianLogic).
In recent days, Hachem (who spent six years as the highest profile face of Team PokerStars) has revealed that he also has joined a new online poker site, PokerAce, along with fellow poker superstars J.C. Tran and Nam Le.
Speaking exclusively to PMA, Hachem said the site was designed primarily for the Asian market at this stage and would not take real money Australian customers until changes were made to Federal legislation allowing offshore operators to offer their services to Australian players.
“We’re not accepting Australian or US players at the moment. I don’t think we’re going after the US market anyway but the Aussie market is obviously one that I’m very keen to help grow. We’re going to wait to ensure we don’t breach any laws,” Hachem said.
But that’s not to say that PokerAce doesn’t have features that local players will enjoy: “Australian players can access pokerace.tv for all sorts of information and educational material,” Hachem said.
“On top of that we’re working on another couple of things for Australia and definitely looking at a free-to-play platform, which I can hopefully provide more information about soon.”
In the meantime, Asian players can enjoy NLHE and 13-card Chinese Poker games at PokerAce, plus daily freerolls, satellites to major international tournaments, a great first deposit bonus and cash rewards through the AceClub.
“The site is flash-based and does not use any downloadable software as many Asian players tend to play in Internet cafes so they want to be able to access the site promptly,” Hachem said.
“As time permits we’ll grow the site to offer other games and accept players from other markets when the timing is right. As mentioned, I’m very keen to develop growth in Australia but it’ll have to wait until the time is right.”