Former Crown Melbourne tournament director Joel Williams jumps ship to APL

The Australian Poker League (APL) has pulled off a huge coup with the appointment of former Crown Melbourne tournament director Joel Williams as its new APL Major Events Director.

According to the APL, Williams will oversee the company’s major events team, including the launch of the new APL Poker Tour (APLPT) in 2021 as well as the APL Million.

The first APLPT event will be held on the Gold Coast from 11 to 14 February followed by Melbourne from 3 to 7 March, with dates for events in Sydney and Adelaide to be announced soon.

Joel Williams (left) with 2020 Aussie Millions champion Vincent Wan.

 “I’m excited to be coming onboard with APL,” said Williams. “The APLPT concept is going to revolutionise league based poker in Australia and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition.

“The APLPT will give all poker players access to larger event prize pools than ever before. The range of APLPT series events will include buy ins from $50 to $3,000, catering to players of all levels.

 “Our aim is to provide a tournament series that caters to the appetite of all poker players,” said Joel. “It’s going to be an exciting few months as we launch the APLPT and I believe our players are in for a poker experience unlike any other.”

The news of Williams’ new role is significant on multiple fronts, particularly as it relates to the future of poker at Crown. The famous Crown Melbourne poker room, home of the Aussie Millions, has been dismantled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with no news as to if or when it will open again. 

The 2021 Aussie Millions, previously scheduled for January, was also cancelled.

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