The prestigious World Series of Poker tournament series has announced the second major expansion of the brand outside the United States, with Australia set to host five gold bracelet events in April 2013.
Melbourne’s Crown Casino has long been considered the home of poker in Australia, hosting events such as the Aussie Millions, and it was a logical choice for the expansion of the WSOP. It’s the first major change to the world’s largest tournament series format since the addition of an annual seven event schedule in Europe in 2007.
The Australian tournaments will run from the 4th to 15th of April 2013, with the buyin and structure of the events to be released later this year. Tournament followers will expect a range of options from $1k or less up to a $10k main event to crown the series champion. A higher buyin event is also potentially on the cards, with Australia playing host to a number of elite events including a super high roller $250k tournament this year, won by Phil Ivey.
For more information, see the WSOP press release on their official website.