The inaugural World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific is set for April in Australia.
Held at the Crown Melbourne Integrated Resort between April 4 and April 15, the series features five gold bracelet events including a new tournament called “The Accumulator.”
It’s a no-limit hold’em format with three separate $1k flights, and players can join “any or all three,” according to a WSOP news release. Chips will be bagged at the end of each day, tagged and all chips accumulated throughout the three day 1 flights will be combined and returned to each player at the start of day 2.
“Anyone who busts in one flight still has the ability to play in the other flight(s),” the release stated. “Any player with any chips at the end of each starting flight will make it through to Day 2 of the event.”
The other bracelet events include an AUD $1,650 PLO tournament, an AUD $2.2k mixed event, an AUD $5k six-handed no-limit hold’em event, and the AUD $10k Main Event.
Tournament officials have also added a $50k high rollers event with rebuys, “due to the expected demand and presence of many of Macau’s poker players.”
In Melbourne, the WSOP also expects to revive the Caesars Cup, in which a team of players from the Asia-Pacific region, lead by 2005 WSOP champion Joe Hachem, will face a team of European players. The winning team then plays America’s team, the defending champions, for the trophy.
“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,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “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.”