WSOP going to Australia!

Industry News

posted Wednesday May 2nd 2012 at 07:02 PM

by Oscar Vallet

World Series of Poker is expanding its business and has just announced a multi-year deal with Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.

From 2013 you'll be able to win five different gold bracelets in a new series of tournaments arranged by WSOP in Melbourne. Joe Hachem, the biggest player to come out of "Oz", is obviously thrilled at the news. 

As a consequence of the rising interest of poker in the Asia Pacific region WSOP have decided to open up shop in Australia. This brand new tournament series will be called WSOP APAC (World Series of Poker Asia Pacific).

So as of next year five coveted golden bracelets will dangle in front of hopeful pro's from all over the globe when they go to Australia. 

“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 in a statement on

“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," he continues. 

Australia's own Joe Hachem is one of the players looking forward to things "heating up" Down Under:

“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 Casino. I can’t wait,” Hachem concluded. 

The complete schedule and dates are expected to be announced later this year.

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