WSOP APAC: Apr 4; let’s get ready to rumble!

WSOP APAC daily wrap – April 4

Over the next 12 days, PMA will be providing a daily wrap from Crown Melbourne from the 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific.

After years of discussions and months of planning, the first edition of the World Series of Poker – Asia Pacific starts tonight at Crown Poker.

A steady stream of international players have been arriving in Melbourne in recent days ahead of the first bracelet event.

Event #1 on the schedule is a brand new offering, dubbed ‘The Accumulator’, which kicks-off at 6pm, with additional flights on Friday April 5 at noon and Saturday April 6 at noon.

The format is 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.

Players will start with a stack of 3000 with levels of 60 minutes and late registrations for four levels. The structure for each of the day one flights is:

Level 1: 25-25
Level 2: 25-50
Level 3: 50-100
Level 4: 75-150
Level 5: 100-200
Level 6: 100-200 (ante 25)
Level 7: 150-300 (ante 25)
Level 8: 200-400 (ante 50)

• There promises to be an eclectic mix of players at Crown for the opening event, with scores of pub poker players from around the country scheduled to take their seats alongside the pros.

Several pub poker organisations have been satelliting players into this event in recent months, providing the opportunity for our next generation of poker players to chase their own WSOP gold bracelet dreams.

At the other end of the scale, some of the big names confirmed to heading to Crown include Phil Hellmuth jnr, Daniel Negreanu, past WSOP Main Event champions Greg Merson and Jonathan Duhamel along with Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari.

Also interesting to report that for the first time in several years, PokerNews will not be providing live reporting services on behalf of the WSOP. Instead, 888Poker have scored a coup by jettisoning their top affiliate PokerListings into town to handle the tournament reporting.

Aussie WSOP fact

Most Aussies don’t realise that our first WSOP gold bracelet winner came in 1984 when Sandy Stupak, former wife of the legendary Vegas casino operator Bob Stupak, won event No. 8 of the ’84 World Series of Poker – the No Limit Hold’em, Casino Employees event. First prize was $14,000. Sandy was born and raised in the small Victorian town of Warragul.

What’s on today at Crown Melbourne

12.10pm $250 Event 1 Satellite (one in five win)
2.10pm $250 Event 1 Satellite (one in five win)
4.10pm $250 Event 1 Satellite (one in five win)
6pm Event 1: $1100 NLH Accumulator day 1 flight 1
9.10pm $300 WSOP APAC Step 2

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