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Inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Underway In Australia

Five Gold Bracelets To Be Awarded At Crown Casino In Melbourne

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For the first time in the 44-year history of the World Series of Poker, official WSOP gold bracelets will be awarded outside of the United States or Europe. The inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific tournament series has gotten underway this Thursday at the Crown Melbourne Casino in Australia with the first of five bracelet events.

329 players took their seats in the kickoff $1,100 AUD no-limit hold’em accumulator event, a unique tournament with three starting days that allows players to combine their end-of-day chip stack from each starting flight into one stack for day 2. This event will reach it’s conclusion on Apr. 8th, awarding the first ever WSOP APAC gold bracelet to the eventual champion.

Here is a look at the complete schedule of events at the WSOP APAC (with buy-ins converted to US Dollars):

Event Date No. of Days Buy-In
Event 1 – No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator 4/4/13 5 $1,161
Event 2 – Pot-Limit Omaha 4/7/13 3 $1,742
Event 3 – MIxed Event 4/8/13 3 $2,323
Event 4 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed 4/9/13 3 $5,379
Main Event 4/11/13 5 $10,558
No-Limit Hold’em High Roller w/ Re-buys 4/13/13 2 $52,790
Caesars Cup Invitational Asia Pacific vs. Europe vs. The Americas 4/14/13 1 $0

While each of the tournaments on the schedule will be awarding plenty of prize money and Card Player POY points, the highlight of the series is sure to be the marquee $10,000 AUD main event which begins on Apr. 11th and continues until a champion is decided on the 15th.

Team Americas captain Phil IveyIn addition to the five bracelet events, there will also be a $50,000 AUD no-limit hold’em high roller event and the invitational Caesars Cup, a made-for-TV international team challenge that will set the Phil Ivey-led Team Americas against Sam Trickett’s Team Europe and hometown hero Joe Hachem’s Team Asia Pacific.

The final table of each of these seven events will be live streamed on WSOP.com.

The Crown Casino has hosted the popular Aussie Millions tournament series for the past 15 years, and is ready for the top-flight tournament action that is sure to take place in the coming weeks, with over 70 tables ready to accomodate players.