In April, Melbourne’s Crown Casino hosted the first World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC), a series of five bracelet events that took part in my hometown. After hosting the Aussie Millions earlier in the year, it was my honour to return again for this prestigious event.
Now, after three months of anticipation, the show is set to air this weekend on ESPN across the Asia-Pacific region this month, for two hours each Sunday night for the rest of this month.
The six-part series will showcase the following:
The Caesars Cup (Sunday 14 July 2013, 8:00pm-10:00pm)
The invite-only exhibition event, played host to some of the best poker players from Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas who battled it out in a unique Ryder Cup-style poker event that pits teams of the best players from around the world against each other to see which region is the world’s best. Squad captains were nine-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Ivey (Team Americas), 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem (Team Asia-Pacific), and Sam Trickett, winner of more than $13 million in the last eight months (Team Europe).
$50,000 High Roller Event (Sunday 21 July, 8:00pm-10:00pm)
With a total field of 44 entrants, hitting the felts were the likes of Paul Phua, Marvin Rettenmaier and Jonathan Karamalikis, who were also amongst some of the players to re-buy. The turbo structure meant a high speed of play throughout the day as players looked to move up the leaderboard to mount a charge at the money-paying top six where a AUD $825,000 first prize awaited. With day one ending after 16 grueling levels of play, the final 11 return the next day for the AUD $2,156,000 first prize.
WSOP-APAC Main Event (Sunday 28 July, 8:00pm-10:00pm)
The largest and most anticipated day of the WSOP-APAC was the coveted AUD $10,000 Main Event that was held in the internationally renowned Crown Poker Room. Amateurs, poker pros, celebrities and poker enthusiasts from more than 20 different countries sat down to battle it out for the acclaimed title of champion.