The WSOP has announced that its European Series and Asia-Pacific Series will now run in alternate years. The World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) will run from October 1 to 14 in 2014, and the WSOP Europe will not run again until 2015—dates to be announced.
WSOP APAC has been shifted to later in the year, which will allow it to be held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne during the Australian Spring rather than in mid-Winter.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said: “There is a glut of poker tournaments around the world, and our vision is to each year put on a single global showcase that can’t be missed.”
The WSOP APAC is growing from a five bracelet event to a ten bracelet event, which brings it closer to equality with WSOP Europe. The strategy allows the WSOP to concentrate resources on fewer but higher profile events to make the most of its prestigious brand.
PokerStars recently announced that it had signed a sponsorship deal to add the main event of the Aussie Millions to its Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The next Aussie Millions, which also takes place at the Crown Casino, has been scheduled for January 23 to February 10, 2014—the two signature events in Australian tournament poker will take place at the opposite ends of next year.