Australia Prepares for World Series Poker Tournament

Greg Merson

As 2013 begins, Australia’s excitement is growing as the hosts of the World Series Poker Tournament (WSOP) begins to loom. Starting in April, this 5 gold medal bracelet event will see the winner walking away with over AUD $2,000,000 and the prestige of being the best in the world.

This will be the 2nd large poker championship being held in Australia this year, and the hype surrounding the Crown Casino and Hotel is infectious. This will also be the first time the championships have been held outside of the US and the UK. Commenting on the national wave of excitement, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, reminds us just how important the tournament is to the Aussies;

“Ever since Australia’s Jo Hachem won the main event in 2005, we have dreamed of the day we can hear Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi again”

It’s been a long time coming for the South Pacific, and it is certainly no wonder that the estimated number of visitors throughout April look set to break records of over 2 million. The Crown Casino and Hotel in Melbourne have been picked as the hosts, as they are easily one of the largest and finest Casinos in Australia, with normal years visitor numbers reaching into the millions. The Crown Melbournes CEO, Greg Hawkins, has spoken highly of his love for the series and how proud the Casino is to host the matches;

“Crown is thrilled to have partnered with the biggest poker brand in the world, the World Series of Poker,” said Hawkins. “Players from all over the globe will descend on Crown Melbourne in April, all vying for one of the five coveted bracelets on offer.”

The main events will kick off on April 4th with buy-ins starting at AUD $1,100 up to high rollers of AUD $50,000+, culminating with the high stakes main event on or around April 13th, which is when the super high stakes Macoa players are expected to make their appearances. Along with the winners being the FIRST to take home the WSOP APOC Championship title, we will also see the return of the coveted Caesars Cup with teams from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe going head to head for the right to take on defending Caesars Cup champions America.

Last year’s WSOP Champion, Greg Merson, is said to be making an appearance at this year’s event to try to retain his title. Merson clung onto last year’s championship, playing for a total of 18 hours in order to be crowned the world’s best and walk away with over $8 million in prize money. Along with this, he was also awarded the highly praised, WSOP Player of the year. This was not Gregg’s first win of 2012 though, he also took the Six-Handed, No Limit, Texas Hold-em Championship in July and proved he is a force to be reckoned with.

If you want to take part in this history-making tournament then you haven’t got long, the first stage events are starting in February with satellite bracelet chases and you can visit poker tournaments at sites such as Intercasino and see how you would hold up against the best of the best. Each stage of WSOP APOC will be streamed live online, with the main event being broadcast on TV and highlights shown across the globe, it really will be an immense, mind-blowing championship.


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