WSOP Asia-Pacific will take place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, a location already popular with poker players for its signature Aussie Millions event.
“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,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
“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.”
The inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific is set to take place April 4-15, 2013. The series will fill out the WSOP schedule over the year and add to the original WSOP and WSOPE.
Perhaps the most well-known poker player in Australia and former world champion, Joe Hachem, was understandably excited about the prospect of the WSOP brand coming to his back yard.
“It’s thrilling to think the World Series of Poker is coming to Australian soil,” said Joe Hachem.
“I know first-hand what a life-changing moment winning the WSOP gold bracelet was and how it served as a catalyst for the growth of poker in Australia and Asia. It will be a dream come true to host a worldwide poker event such as this at Crown. I can’t wait.”
The finalized schedule is expected to be released later this year.