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WSOP APAC dates confirmed

Written by Ben Blaschke

The 2014 World Series of Poker gets underway in Las Vegas later this month, but for players across Asia there was a more relevant announcement made late last week with the schedule for this year’s WSOP Asia-Pacific finally released.

Following on from the tremendous success of the inaugural WSOP APAC in 2013, which saw Daniel Negreanu win the Main Event and its AU$1.04 million first prize, the 2014 series will run from 2 to 18 October at Melbourne’s Crown Casino and features 10 bracelet events – twice as many as last year.

Added to this year’s schedule is an AU$5,000 PLO event, a second 6-max event with a cheaper AU$2,200 buy-in, an AU$1,650 NLHE Terminator, an AU$1,650 Dealer’s Choice 8-game and an AU$25,000 High Roller event.

The October dates also represent a significant change for WSOP APAC after the 2013 event was held in April, allowing for a greater separation between Crown’s other flagship event the Aussie Millions which is held each January.

Daniel Negreanu won the inaugural WSOP APAC Main Event in 2013

Daniel Negreanu won the inaugural WSOP APAC Main Event in 2013

From 2014 onwards, WSOP APAC and WSOP Europe will run in alternate years in a move that provides at least a little relief from the already crowded international poker schedule.

This year’s WSOP APAC Main Event boasts two Day 1 flights beginning on Sunday 12 October.