WSOP Circuit Sydney Leads the Way as WSOP’s Biggest International Circuit Stop
An article by Ben Blaschke.
Just two years after the World Series of Poker (WSOP) dealt its first card in The Star Poker Room, WSOP Circuit Sydney has already established itself as the biggest event on the WSOP’s international circuit calendar. It should come as no surprise to see the world’s most coveted poker brand return to the Harbour City once again in 2018.
Gregory Chochon: "The event is now one of the most anticipated Circuit stops of the year."
Having attracted main event fields of more than 1,000 players in both 2016 and 2017, this year’s WSOP Circuit Sydney features an expanded schedule of 15 tournaments in 21 days. The event runs November 27 through December 17, 2018, with the $2,200 buy-in main event kicking off on Friday, 7 December 2018.
“We were hopeful WSOP Sydney would be one of the largest International Circuit stops, and The Star’s team has done a tremendous job in the promotion and operations of the event,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon. “All the players we have discussed the event with have really enjoyed the experience. The event is now one of the most anticipated Circuit stops of the year.”
Chochon added that the decision to return to Sydney in 2018 was simple: “The Star’s Poker Room is the best poker room in Australia, and that’s why it was natural to partner with them,” he said. “It’s an honor for the WSOP to have such a partner.”
With 1,097 players taking part in the 2016 main event and 1,067 last year, WSOP Circuit Sydney is now undoubtedly the jewel in the WSOP’s International Circuit crown.
The event’s success has come as no surprise to long-serving WSOP Tournament Director and Vice President of International Operations for Caesars Entertainment, Jack Effel. “Ever since Joe Hachem made history at the WSOP in 2005, we have seen a steady stream of Australians flock to the WSOP and do quite well,” Effel said. “More importantly, the Australians are so friendly and fun at the table – they bring a great atmosphere to poker."
Jack Effel: "More importantly, the Australians are so friendly and fun at the table – they bring a great atmosphere to poker."
“We know Australia is a vibrant poker market and it has been wonderful to team up with The Star Sydney to bring the WSOP experience to Australia’s most populous city.”
The winners of the 15 tournaments on this year’s WSOP Circuit Sydney schedule will each receive a prized WSOP gold ring. Two players – the Main Event winner and the Casino Champion – will also win a seat into the 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship in the United States, an official WSOP gold bracelet event that boasts a guaranteed minimum US$1 million prize pool.
“Our main goal is to give a chance to every player around the world to participate to the WSOP,” Chochon said. “It’s not easy for all the international players to come to Las Vegas during the summer, so I think it’s our role to bring them the WSOP.”
For more information on WSOP Sydney Circuit visit starpoker.com.au/WSOP2018.
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