The world’s most famous poker tournament series is heading back to Sydney in 2017 after breaking all international circuit records last year.
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing at the World Series of Poker but can’t make the long trek to Las Vegas each summer, the prestigious tournament series will be making an appearance much closer to home later his year with the return of WSOP Circuit Sydney.
For the second year running, The Star will play host to the most famous poker brand on the planet with a full schedule of 13 events over 21 days from 28 November to 18 December 2017.
Offering players the chance to compete for a guaranteed prize pool of at least AU$3.8 million across the series, the schedule includes an AU$20,000 buy-in High Rollers Event, an AU$1,100 Monster Stack Event, a Masters Event, mixed games, Omaha events and more – culminating in the AU$2,200 Main Event with its AU$2 million guarantee.
Dating back to 1970, the WSOP is the longest-running poker tournament series in the world with its traditional home in Las Vegas attracting 107,833 entrants from 107 countries in 2016.
The WSOP International Circuit was added in 2015 and will this year boast 16 stops around the globe, with Sydney the jewel in the crown after attracting a huge Main Event field of 1,097 players on debut last year.
“The World Series of Poker is the biggest and the best tournament series in the world and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing the Australian leg of the international circuit back to The Star for the second year running,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon. “Last year’s circuit event at The Star poker room was the biggest international circuit event we’ve ever held and we’re thrilled to be doing it all again.”
Last year’s WSOP Circuit Sydney saw Joel Dodds crowned Main Event champion, taking home AU$360,000 in the process, while Malaysia’s Christine Hia – with two side event wins – was casino champion after tallying the most points across all events. Both players won entry into the prestigious WSOP Global Casino Championship in North Carolina, USA which boasts a US$1 million prize pool.
This year another two players will win a seat in the 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship.