The World Series of Poker announced Monday that the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific series has been moved to October, with WSOP Europe going on hiatus until 2015.
WSOP APAC will run from October 1-17 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia and feature ten gold bracelet events plus a Ladies Championship event. The official schedule of events will be published in early 2014.
WSOP Europe will not have a 2014 series and will return to the schedule in 2015, running in odd-numbered years going forward. With WSOP APAC’s new place on the schedule the series will run after the Las Vegas series, giving players a better sense of the WSOP Player of the Year race.
“We are excited to return to Melbourne in 2014 for WSOP APAC and the beginning of a new era for out international championships,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director. “The WSOP standard is bigger, better and different. Moving to a rotational approach, with one international even per yhear allows for better organization and more marketing in each region. We also want to do right by the players, and provide more value for their travel dollar. 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 Crown Melbourne hosted the first WSOP APAC in April 2013 and saw Daniel Negreanu win the Main Event and Phil Ivey collect his ninth bracelet. The event will still be filmed for TV and aired around the world.
“Crown is once again proud and excited about his partnership between two industry leaders to create another premier poker event in this region,” said Crown Melbourne COO Xavier Walsh. “The new scheduling sits perfectly within the Melbourne events calendar, at the tail end of the Australian Rules Football finals and the beginning of the internationally renowned Spring Racing Carnival. This provides Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, which will in turn form an integral part of Crown’s global marketing strategy to attract additional international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne.”
The move to October separates WSOP APAC from the Crown’s other signature event – the Aussie Millions – allowing players a better opportunity to play both events comfortably.
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