Even in this modern day and age of poker, no matter how wealthy or well known the game’s professional players are, a World Series of Poker bracelet is still considered poker’s Holy Grail. So much so, in fact, that they’ll travel to the ends of the Earth to try and win one. Indeed, that’s exactly what the world’s best poker players have done, making the trek all the way to Australia for the beginning of the first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC).
Coverage of 5 Bracelet Events Over 11 Days
As Cardplayer Lifestyle initially reported close to a year ago, the WSOP APAC is the first time that the coveted bracelets will be awarded in the Southern Hemisphere. No fewer than 5 bracelet events will be taking place over the 11-day series, which ends on April 15th. Other non-bracelet events on the calendar include a unique Caesars Cup event as well as a High Roller event, which are being played “just” for national pride and money, respectively.
We’ll be following the action taking place at the felt in Melbourne’s Crown Casino and hopefully reporting on the main stories to develop Down Under. For those die-hard poker fans who want to witness the action themselves, you’re welcome to check out the live updates on WSOP.com, courtesy of Pokerlistings. There’s also plenty of bonus coverage of the proceedings over on the WSOP Facebook page. And of course, there’s the live streaming, which you can watch on 888PokerTV. Here’s a highlight clip of what you can expect to see, featuring the series’ official host, who we’re sure you’ll recognize:
Who Will Be Crowned the First WSOP Poker Champions in Australia?
The 5 bracelets will be awarded in Omaha, Mixed Game, and 6-max (Hold’em) events, as well as the AUD$10K Main Event. Plus, there’s a unique “Accumulator” event which starts out the series. In this AUD$1,100 buy-in affair, players are welcome to enter as many of the 3 starting days as they’d like and try to accumulate as many chips as possible. They’ll bag and tag their chips from each of the starting days then continue on to Day 2 and onwards until the event’s completion.
Naturally, poker’s best and brightest have traversed the globe in search of more championship gold, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, and Phil Hellmuth, who’s looking to up his career bracelet total to 14 and beyond. They’ll meet a host of local Australian poker heroes at their “home felt” in stars like former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem, 5-time bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro, and others.
Check back with us here at Cardplayer Lifestyle as the WSOP APAC continues, and visit our Facebook page for special bonus content.