WSOP Circuit Event to be held at The Star

In exciting news for Australian poker, The Star has announced that the World Series of Poker will be heading to Sydney for the very first time. A WSOP Circuit Event will take place in the new Star Poker room from November 22 to December 12 2016.

For the past five years the Star Poker Summer Series has been part of the poker calendar during November-December at The Star. In line with that series, the upcoming WSOP Circuit Event will comprise 11 events in 21 days, including a $2,000 Main Event – a regular during the Summer Series. However, players will not only have the chance to compete for the typical big prize money on offer, but winners of each of the event will win a prized official WSOP gold ring. 

Two players – the Main Event winner and the overall Casino Champion – will also win a seat into the 2017 WSOP Global Casino Championship, which is an official WSOP gold bracelet event and boasts a guaranteed US$1 million prize pool. The player who is crowned Casino Champion will be the player that accrues the most points based on their performances across the 11 official WSOP ring events on the schedule.

The WSOP is the most recognised and revered tournament brand in poker. It came to particular prominence in Australia when Melbourne local Joe Hachem won the Main Event in 2005. Earlier this year the 2016 WSOP attracted more than 100,000 players across 69 bracelet events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The WSOP Circuit was added in 2005 and will this season feature 22 confirmed stops across the US. The WSOP International Circuit debuted last year with stops in Italy, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Morocco, and Canada.

As WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in reference to the new Circuit stop, “We are constantly looking for attractive opportunities to expand the WSOP portfolio and taking a WSOP International Circuit Event to the beautiful city of Sydney for the first time looms as one of our most exciting announcements of 2016.”

Fresh from the recent Sydney Championships that attracted more than 2,000 players and a total prize pool of more than $2.5 million, The Star has since opened a new Poker room (pictured) that boasts 40 tables and can seat up to 400 players at any one time.

“The WSOP name has been responsible for many of poker’s greatest moments so it’s fitting that The Star is hosting this fantastic event in our newly renovated Poker room for the first time,” said The Star representative Damian Quayle, Chief Operating Officer of Gaming.

“The Star’s Poker facilities are world-class and delivers the perfect stage to see the some of the biggest players in the world in action. Set alongside the beautiful Sydney Harbour and under the famous WSOP banner, this tournament series promises to be something special.” 

Satellites into the WSOP Circuit Event start from October 9.


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