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WSOP Europe and Asia Pacific Switch To Biannual Events

Written By: Maya Michaels | November 26, 2013 | Posted In Poker News

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) holds numerous great events throughout the year with three main events now taking place in America, Europe and Asia, but from next year the schedule will see some significant changes to the calendar with both the WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia Pacific WSOP (APAC) now taking place on alternate years.

The 2014 WSOP Asia Pacific will again be held at The Crown Melbourne in Australia, but it will now be a biannual event and be held on even years, while the European event will also be a biannual event which is held on the odd numbered years.

Speaking about the changes to the schedule the WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “We are excited to return to Melbourne in 2014 for WSOP APAC and the beginning of a new era for our international championships. The WSOP standard is bigger, better and different. Moving to a rotational approach, with one international event per year allows for better organization and more marketing in each region. We also want to do right by the players, and provide more value for their travel dollar. There is a glut of poker tournaments around the world, and our vision is to each year put on a single global showcase that can’t be missed.”

Xavier Walsh is the CEO at Crown Melbourne and he is “proud and excited” to again be hosting the WSOP in 2014 as he said, “Crown is once again proud and excited about this partnership between two industry leaders to create another premier poker event in this region. The new scheduling sits perfectly within the Melbourne events calendar, at the tail end of the Australian Rules Football finals and the beginning of the internationally renowned Spring Racing Carnival. This provides Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, which will in turn form an integral part of Crown’s global marketing strategy to attract additional international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne.”

While no dates have been confirmed for the WSOP APAC it is thought that the event will run for 17 days from the beginning of October and there will be a total of 10 bracelets up for grabs. No schedule has been released for the 2015 WSOP Europe either, but it is hoped that full schedules for both events will be released early in the new year, and as soon as we have the details we will of course bring you all the details here at Poker Net.

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