2014 WSOP APAC Features 10 Bracelet Events, Live ESPN Coverage

Daniel Negreanu won his fifth bracelet in the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event last April.

Daniel Negreanu won his fifth bracelet in the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event last April.

The World Series of Poker returns to the Crown Casino in Melbourne for the second time in October for WSOP Asia-Pacific, and this time there will 10 bracelets on the line and live worldwide coverage on ESPN.

“Crown Melbourne is excited to be hosting the WSOP Asia Pacific for a second time and we are truly honoured to have 10 WSOP bracelets on offer,” said Jim Preston, Director of Poker at Crown Melbourne. “We look forward to welcoming players from all over Australia, along with the rest of the world, as we continually work very tirelessly to exceed customers’ expectations.”

It all begins on Thursday, October 2 with an $AU1,100 No Limit Hold’em Accumulator, the same way they kicked off the first running of WSOP APAC. Players who survive multiple sessions, of which there will be three, will be able to combine all of their chips into a single stack for Day 2.

There are a total of six No Limit Hold’em events on tap for WSOP Asia-Pacific, including Event 4 (AU$1,650), which is a bounty event tabbed the “Terminator” where each knockout is worth AU$500. There’s also a Six-Max (Event 7, AU$2,200), an AU$10,000 Main Event and an AU$25,000 High Roller, with the latter two closing out the series.

Both events will be carried live on ESPN for the first time, in both Australia and the United States. The broadcasts will last from six to eight hours a day, and include the majority of each final table on an hour delay with hole cards.

“Bigger and better is the best way to describe the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “New events at modest price points like the Dealer’s Choice and Terminator No-Limit Hold’em, plus an expansion of overall events and a move to springtime in Melbourne is designed to encourage the North American and European contingent to make this a can’t miss event. Plus, we have secured the most comprehensive live television coverage in both the U.S. and Australia for both the Main Event and High Roller.”

There will be four bracelets won in non-Hold’em disciplines, with two Pot Limit Omaha events (AU$1,650 and AU$5,000 buy-ins) and two different Mixed Game tournaments. The first will follow the Dealer’s Choice format debuting at the 2014 WSOP in Las Vegas and carry an AU$1,650 pricetag. The second Mixed Event, which has an AU$5,000 buy-in, is Event 8 of 10 on the schedule.

Event 1 – No Limit Hold’em Accumulator – AU$1,100
- 3 starting sessions – Thursday, October 2 (6:10 pm) and Friday, October 3 (12:10 pm and 6:10 pm). Players who survive multiple sessions combine chips. Day 2 on Saturday, October 4 and Final Table on Sunday, October 5

Event 2 – No Limit Hold’em – AU$2,200
- 3 day event, Saturday, October 4 (2:10 pm start) through Monday, October 6

Event 3 – Pot Limit Omaha – AU$1,650
- 3 day event, Sunday, October 5 (4:10 pm start) through Tuesday, October 7

Event 4 – No Limit Hold’em Terminator – AU$1,650
- 3 day event, Monday October 6 (2:10 pm start) through Wednesday, October 8

Event 5 – Pot Limit Omaha – AU$5,000
- 3 day event, Tuesday, October 7 (2:10 pm start) through Thursday, October 9

Event 6 – 8 Game Dealer’s Choice – AU$1,650
- 3 day event, Wednesday, October 8 (2:10 pm start) through Friday, October 10

Event 7 – Six-Max No Limit Hold’em – AU$2,200
- 3 day event, Thursday, October 9 (2:10 pm start) through Saturday, October 11

Event 8 – Mixed Game – AU$5,000
- 3 day event, Friday, October 10 (2:10 pm start) through Sunday, October 12

Event 9 – Main Event – AU$10,000
- 2 starting sessions – Sunday, October 12 and Monday, October 13 (12:30 start both days). Tournament continues through Thursday, October 16, with off day Friday. Final Table Saturday, October 18.

Event 10 – No Limit Hold’em High Roller – AU$25,000
- 3 day event, Wednesday, October 15 through Friday, October 17

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