World Series of Poker Asia Pacific
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific was created in 2012 by Caesars Interactive Entertainment and was launched in April 2013 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne Australia. The series was created to expand the famous WSOP brand to the Asia-Pacific region and is the second place the WSOP has decided to expand their brand to, the first being World Series of Poker Europe.
The WSOP APAC is a 11 day event with 5 different bracelet events and a High roller event, attracting big names from all over the world such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Joe Hachem. The possibility to win a WSOP bracelet outside of the US also attract a lot of locals, that doesn't want to travel all the way to Las Vegas to try and win one. The event was taped and broadcasted by ESPN, who also provides the broadcasting of WSOP.
In total the WSOP APAC had 1,910 players registering for the bracelets events, making the series a modest success. WSOP has yet to confirm if another WSOP APAC will take place in the coming years, but if so we will of course update here.
WSOP APAC Events and Winners
The WSOP APAC was the first of its kind and was designed to be a smooth ride tournament wise. This meant few events but with good structures and smaller buy-ins.
The WSOP APAC premiered a format called the accumulator. Accumulator tournaments are tournaments that have multiple starting days and allow players to enter in all of them if they wish. At the end of the day their chips are being saved and if a player plays more than one event and goes to day two in them both, the chips are put together into one big stack to be played with on day two.
The Accumulator event was very popular in the WSOP APAC, attracting 1,085 total registrations with a buy in of AUS$1,100, creating a AUD $1,085,000 prize pool. The winner of the event was Bryan Piccioli, winning his first WSOP bracelet and the first prize of AUD $211,575.
The WSOP APAC Main Event was a AUD $10,000 buy-in Texas Hold'em freeze-out tournament, with a total of 405 registered players and a prize pool of AUD $3,847,500. The Main Event was won by Canadian Daniel Negreanu, winning him his fifth bracelet and a first prize of AUD $1,038,825.
The final big event at the WSOP APAC was not a bracelet event, but instead a High Roller event, with a buy-in of AUD $50,000 and the possibility to re-enter the tournament, should a player bust out the first day. The tournament ended up with 48 players and a total prize pool of AUD $2,156,000. The winner was German poker pro Philipp Gruissem, who won AUD $825,000 in first prize. Philipp actually busted out on day one, but decided to re-enter the tournament.