Collaboration between the World Series of Poker and the Crown Casino Melbourne will see five coveted gold bracelets awarded next year in Australia. The team up between these two big brand names will see a flurry of poker activity in Melbourne between the 4th and 15th April 2013.
WSOP Grand Slam
Ty Stewart, Executive Director for WSOP said, “Our goal is to establish a worldwide grand slam of poker and to use our platform to elevate the game through a series of major championships”. The WSOP is a well-established annual event and the WSOP Europe, now in its fifth year continues to grow, the organisation felt it was time to turn their eyes to the world’s next great concentration of poker in Asia and Australia.
Stewart pointed to the Crown Casino in Melbourne’s massively successful Aussie Poker Millions event as a deciding factor. This draws thousands of poker players to Australia at the start of each year to one of the largest casinos outside of the US.
Greg Hawkins of Crown Melbourne said of the event, ”an exciting partnership” that will create a premier event in the region.
This event will be only the third time that WSOP bracelets have been awarded away from the tournaments spiritual homeland in Las Vegas, the others being in London and Cannes. Australian WSOP bracelet holder, Joe Hachem talked at the launch about how much of a life changing event winning such a competition can be and said, “Its thrilling to think the World Series of Poker is coming to Australian soil. I can’t wait”. Somehow we don’t think he will be alone in his enthusiasm.