Crown Melbourne To Host WSOP APAC in April 2013

May 1st 2012 By Tim Duckworth

For several days now the Crown Poker team have been hinting to us a big announcement is on the way.

“Something big is coming to Crown Poker, stay tuned to be first to know!”

“Watch this space for Crown Poker’s biggest announcement ever.”

Both Crown Poker’s Twitter and Facebook pages have been buzzing with poker players trying to get a sneak peak of what the big announcement was. Anything from rake increases / decreases, bad beat jackpots and an increase in waitresses were mentioned along with possibility of WSOPA … and at 9:36 a.m. AEST on Tuesday morning, Crown Poker and their dedicated team delivered the news many were waiting to hear.

The World Series of Poker was coming to Australia and the Crown Poker Room!

The World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) will take place from April 4th – 15th, 2013 at the Crown Casino and feature five gold WSOP bracelet events. “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. “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.”

This agreement that sees the WSOP heading to Melbourne is just the second expansion of the 42-year old brand after the advent of the WSOP Europe in 2007, and with this agreement, there are provisions for international television production of the event which is expected to be shown globally on ESPN.

Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Hawkins stated, “Our agreement firmly aligns with our objective of attracting the very best local and international players, all vying for a coveted WSOP bracelet. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved with the Aussie Millions and look forward to featuring WSOP Asia Pacific on our poker calendar in April 2013.”

Hawkins added further, “This initiative will provide Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, and forms an integral part of Crown’s global marketing strategy to attract further international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne.”

Unfortunately for those wanting to put away some money so that they can take part in an official WSOP event without leaving the country, they’ll have to wait until later in the year when the complete schedule and dates are expected to be announced.


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