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The World Series of Poker comes to Australia

The last Aussie Millions was a tournament that saw some serious excitement in the final race for the title, and some really tempting events with great low buy-ins and massive prizes.

Add to that the high-profile visitors and big charity events, and you have a televised tournament that genuinely showed off the best of a very healthy Australian Poker scene. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the Crown Melbourne complex to present itself to a wider audience. And the southern hemisphere’s biggest casino resort looks to have come out of the Aussie Millions event looking pretty good to the organisers of the 2013 World Series of Poker, because they plan to hold a string of tour events there.

It looks like the plan is to host five gold-bracelet events at the Crown Melbourne casino resort, which, according to WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, is a perfect fit for the WSOP brand:

‘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. 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.’

It seems like the figures back him up in his high opinion of Crown Melbourne: some 18 million visitors cross the threshold of James Packer’s Crown flagship, and the facilities are certainly world-class, with some of the biggest dedicated Poker rooms in the world, and a wide choice of top-drawer restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainment venues – not to mention all of Melbourne’s attractions just on the doorstep.

Crown Melbourne CEO Greg Hawkins sounds like he’s right behind the deal:

‘this exciting partnership brings together two industry leaders, and two strong brands, to create a premier poker event in this region. Our agreement firmly aligns with our objective of attracting the very best local and international players, all vying for a coveted WSOP bracelet. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved with the Aussie Millions and look forward to featuring WSOP Asia Pacific on our poker calendar in April 2013.’

Better yet, it seems like Poker players, on the tour and at home here in Australia, are keen to be part of the WOSP expansion into Asia-Pacific. Joe Hachem is one of them, and told us,

‘it’s thrilling to think the World Series of Poker is coming to Australian soil. 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.’

That just about says it all, we reckon...

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