Ever since it’s inception in the seventies, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which is today the most lucrative and prestigious live poker tournament series in the world, has expanded and grown in popularity. A few weeks before WSOP 2012 began, it was announced that a partnership deal has been struck with Crown Melbourne in Australia, according to which the WSOP Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) will soon be held in Melbourne in Australia.
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In other words, the venue for the WSOP APAC 2013 will be the Melbourne-based Crown Casino. The live poker tournament series will be held from April 4 to April 15 in 2013 and WSOP bracelets will be given away to the champions of five events.
Crown Melbourne already enjoys an excellent reputation for its lucrative tournaments as it is the venue for the lucrative Aussie Millions, which is held annually in January.
Speaking about the new partnership, Ty Stewart, the WSOP executive director, said, “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. 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 WSOP APAC 2013 schedule has only been partly released, but Joe Hachem, the winner of the WSOP Main Event of 2005 and Crown Melbourne representative, says he is delighted of yet another opportunity to win a WSOP bracelet at home. Expressing his excitement, he said, “It’s thrilling to think the World Series of Poker is coming to Australian soil. I know firsthand 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.”
Greg Hawkins, the CEO for Crown Melbourne, said that the partnership has brought two great industry leaders together, adding that the objective of the agreement is to attract top poker players from home and abroad. He also said that Crown Melbourne is looking forward to hosting the brand new WSOP APAC in April 2013.

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