Poker World Championships Expands to Australia

Hundreds of Swedes go to Las Vegas every year to play in the World Series of Poker, the unofficial world championships. As of next year they will be able to play for gold bracelets and huge prizes in Melbourne, Australia as well.

Poker World Championships Expands to Australia

The series goes under the name WSOP Asia-Pacific and will be played at the Crown Casino in Melbourne April 4-15, 2013.

WSOP Asia-Pacific will be included on the official 2013 World Series of Poker schedule together with WSOP in Las Vegas and WSOP Europe in Cannes, and five gold bracelet events will be played in Melbourne. The finalized schedule is expected to be released later this year.

“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.”

Australian poker star Joe Hachem, who became world champion in 2005, is very excited about WSOP Asia-Pacific.

“It’s thrilling to think the World Series of Poker is coming to Australian soil,” said Joe Hachem.

“I know first-hand what a life-changing moment winning the WSOP gold bracelet was and how it served as a catalyst for the growth of poker in Australia and Asia.

It will be a dream come true to host a worldwide poker event such as this at Crown. I can’t wait.”

Five Swedish players have won WSOP events since the inaugural series in 1970, all of them in Las Vegas. Veteran player Christer “Chris” Björn has two titles while Mats Rahmn, Anders Henriksson, Tomas Allenius and Alexander Anter have one each.

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