The World Series of Poker is heading to Australia in 2013, with five bracelet events to be held as part of the newly launched WSOP Asia-Pacific.
The event will take place April 4-15, 2013 at Australia’s Crown Melbourne. The deal between the WSOP and Crown Melbourne, according to a WSOP press release, was for a “multi-year agreement.”
The exact schedules and tournaments to be offered are still to be determined and will be announced at a later date.
According to WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart:
“Our goal is to establish the worldwide grand slam of poker and use our platform to elevate the game through a series of major championships. With WSOP Las Vegas growing annually and WSOP Europe poised for long-term success after five years, the time is right to turn our attention to the dynamic poker scene in Asia and Australia. Given Crown’s success with the ‘Aussie Millions Poker Championship’, we couldn’t ask for a better partner than Crown to establish the Asia-Pacific’s definitive poker festival.”
Crown Melbourne already hosts the Aussie Millions Poker Championship, which took place in January this year.
The World Series of Poker was a Las Vegas-based tournament series until 2007, when it expanded to Europe for the first time. The WSOP Asia-Pacific will mark the first time a bracelet has been awarded outside of the United States and Europe.