The tournament schedule for the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) has been finalised for its April 4-15, 2013 event in Melbourne.
Players will be welcomed into the world-class Crown Melbourne Integrated Resort for the 12-day event set to commence on Thursday April 4 and run until Monday April 15, 2013 when the WSOP APAC ‘Main Event’ Champion will be crowned.
The 2013 WSOP APAC will feature five, highly anticipated bracelet tournaments – the first time WSOP gold bracelets have ever been offered in Australia, plus a High Rollers event, a Caesars Cup Invitational event pitting notable Asia-Pacific players against a team from The Americas, in addition to a full-slate of satellites, cash games and ancillary tournaments.
“Ever since Australian Joe Hachem won the WSOP Main Event in 2005, we dreamed of the day we could hear ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi, Oi’ on native soil,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said.
“We can’t wait for the first WSOP Asia-Pacific to begin, and we hope with a solidified schedule, players from around the globe will plan their trip to Melbourne in April as we make WSOP history awarding the first bracelets in the Southern Hemisphere.”
WSOP APAC marks the second esteemed poker festival to be held at Crown Melbourne this year, following the Aussie Millions Poker Championship series, which starts tomorrow (Thursday, January 17).
“Most of the top players take multiple trips to European tournaments these days,” Stewart said. “The travel time to Melbourne is essentially the same as venues in Europe, and everyone who visits Crown can’t wait to return.”
Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hawkins said Crown is thrilled to have partnered with the biggest poker brand in the world, the World Series of Poker.
“Players from all over the globe will descend on Crown Melbourne in April, all vying for one of the five coveted bracelets on offer. The ‘bracelet’ events will range from AUD $1100 to AUD $10,000 which will ensure players are well catered for in terms of choice. The five WSOP APAC ‘bracelet’ winners will etch their names in the long and coveted history that is the World Series of Poker.”
An exciting mix of offerings is scheduled. The Opening Event of WSOP APAC will be a brand new offering, dubbed ‘The Accumulator’ on Thursday April 4 at 6pm, with additional flights for this event on Friday April 5 at noon and Saturday April 6 at noon.
The format will be traditional No-Limit Hold’em, but in this variant, players will have the opportunity to play any or all of three separate starting flights, each with a buy-in of AUD $1100.
All chips accumulated each day, will then be bagged, tagged and returned to the player on day two of the event, where they will be combined with any other chips the player has accumulated during the other opening flights.
Anyone who busts in one flight still has the ability to play in the other flight(s). Any player with any chips at the end of each starting flight will make it through to day two of the event, to begin on Sunday April 7 at noon.
Event #2 starts at 4pm on Sunday April 7 with an AUD $1650 Pot Limit Omaha tournament on offer.
An AUD $2200 Mixed Event, an AUD $5000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event, and the AUD $10,000 Main Event complete the bracelet portion of the schedule.
Due to the expected demand and presence of many of Macau’s poker players, an AUD $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Rollers event with rebuys is also on the schedule, scheduled for Saturday April 13 at 4pm and will play out as a two-day event.
WSOP APAC also marks the return of the televised Caesars Cup, expanded to correspond with the new calendar of WSOP Championships.
In the preliminary heat, a team of players from the Asia-Pacific region, captained by Crown ambassador and 2005 WSOP champion Joe Hachem, will square off against a team of European players.
The winner will then play against the reigning champion of the America’s team for the Caesars Cup trophy. Captains and team members will be announced at a later date.
Video coverage of WSOP APAC will be widespread, with each of the first four WSOP gold bracelet events live-streamed globally. Television production from the Main Event, Caesars Cup and High Rollers event is proposed.
2013 WSOP APAC schedule
April 4 (6pm) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator day 1 flight A (five-day event)
April 5 (noon) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator day 1 flight B
April 6 (noon) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator day 1 flight C
April 7 (noon) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator day 2
April 7 (4pm) Event 2: $1650 Pot Limit Omaha (three-day event)
April 8 (noon) Event 2: $1650 Pot Limit Omaha day 2
April 8 (12.30pm) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator final table
April 8 (4pm) Event 3: $2200 Mixed Event day 1 (three-day event)
April 9 (noon) Event 3: $2200 Mixed Event day 2
April 9 (12.30pm) Event 2: $1650 Pot Limit Omaha final table
April 9 (4pm) Event 4: $5000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em day 1 (three-day event)
April 10 (noon) Event 4: $5000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em day 2
April 10 (12.30pm) Event 3: $2200 Mixed Event final table
April 11 (12.30pm) Event 4: $5000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em final table
April 11 (6pm) Event 5: $10,000 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Asia-Pacific Main Event day 1
April 12 (2pm) Event 5: $10,000 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Asia-Pacific Main Event day 2
April 13 (2pm) Event 5: $10,000 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Asia-Pacific Main Event day 3
April 13 (4pm) $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller w/ rebuys (two-day event)
April 14 (noon) Caesars Cup Invitational – Asia Pacific vs Europe vs The Americas
April 14 (2pm) Event 5: $10,000 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Asia-Pacific Main Event day 4
April 14 (4pm) $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller w/ rebuys final table
April 15 (2pm) Event 5: $10,000 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Asia-Pacific Main Event final table