The second edition of the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) kicked off in Melbourne today, bringing in yet another great poker event that will keep us busy until October 18.
The 2014 edition of the WSOP APAC features double the bracelet events than it offered in 2013, with 10 WSOP bracelets on the line right at Melbourne's Crown Casino. "We are excited to return to Melbourne in 2014 for WSOP APAC and the beginning of a new era for our international championships,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart earlier this summer.
"The WSOP standard is bigger, better and different. Moving to a rotational approach, with one international event per year 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."
Some of the world's top players will join the action and battle one card after the other to climb right to the highest spot of the WSOP Player of the Year race.
As PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters pointed out in the first post of our live blog, "Brandon Shack-Harris currently leads that fight with 752 points, but George Danzer is nipping at his heals with 745.2 points. Daniel Negreanu, last year's WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event champion, sits fourth with 519.08 and is also the reigning WSOP Player of the Year."
Eyes on the AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator
The new edition of the WSOP APAC began today with the Event #1: AU$1,100 No-Limit Hold'Em Accumulator, a tournament that in 2013 was won by American Bryan Piccioli and that has brought to the tables 1,085 entries and generated a total prize pool of AU$1,085,000.
The event has three starting days and runs with the "accumulator" format, which means that players will be allowed to enter anywhere from one to three starting days and bring all chips accumulated from the Day 1s into Day 2.
Among the other marquee events of the 2014 WSOP APAC, the AU$10,000 Main Event that will start on Oct. 12, and the AU$25,000 High-Roller Event set to kick off on Oct. 15.
Here's the official programme of the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific:
|Oct. 2||6:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1a||$1,100|
|Oct. 3||12:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1b||$1,100|
|6:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1c||$1,100|
|Oct. 4||12:30 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Day 1||$2,200|
|Oct. 5||12:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Day 2|
|4:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1||$1,650|
|Oct. 6||12:10 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Terminator No-Limit Hold'em Day 1||$1,650|
|Oct. 7||12:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Terminator No-Limit Hold'em Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 1||$5,000|
|Oct. 8||12:10 p.m.||Terminator No-Limit Hold'em Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Dealer's Choice — 8-Game Day 1||$1,650|
|Oct. 9||12:10 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Dealer's Choice — 8-Game Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Day 1||$2,200|
|Oct. 10||12:10 p.m.||Dealer's Choice — 8-Game Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Day 2|
|2:10 p.m.||Mixed Event Day 1||$5,000|
|Oct. 11||12:10 p.m.||Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Mixed Event Day 2|
|Oct. 12||12:10 p.m.||Mixed Event Day 3|
|12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1a||$10,000|
|Oct. 13||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 1b||$10,000|
|Oct. 14||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 2|
|Oct. 15||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 3|
|6:10 p.m.||High Roller Day 1||$25,000|
|Oct. 16||12:30 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 4|
|2:30 p.m.||High Roller Day 2|
|Oct. 17||2:00 p.m.||High Roller Day 3|
|Oct. 18||2:00 p.m.||WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Day 5|
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The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be in Melbourne to follow all the action of these World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific from the first "shuffle up and deal" until the moment the series' Main Event winner is crowned.
To remain up-to-date with what happens at the tables and get a glance of what the World Series is bringing to Melbourne for the second APAC edition, have a look at our 2014 WSOP APAC Live Blog and interact with us using our Facebook page or writing to @PokerNews on Twitter !