In just one week, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is once again setting up shop in the Crown Melbourne Casino for the second incarnation of the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP-APAC).
The 2013 debut had it all.
Phil Ivey captured his ninth WSOP bracelet, after victory in the A$2,200 Mixed Event, and Daniel Negreanu began a trail of destruction that would see him become the first-ever two-time winner of the WSOP Player of the Year (POY) award, with a victory at the Main Event for a smidgen over a million dollars.
There were five gold bracelets doled out that year, and this time around that number is doubled, as the WSOP plan to hand out more gold bracelets outside of Las Vegas than ever before in the history of the game.
It’s the only international WSOP event of 2014, and the first-time that a WSOP event has not been held on European soil since Annette Obrestad became the youngest player to win a bracelet after taking the million pound prize in the £10,350 Main Event back in 2007.
Live Streaming Galore
The series will operate Oct. 2-18, 2014, and for those of you that can’t make the trip to the other side of the world, don’t worry, the WSOP has you covered.
The final tables of the first eight events will be streamed – free of charge – on the WSOP.com website. Scheduled start times will be 12:10pm daily subject to the play condensing as planned.
The streams will be on a five-minute delay, without hole cards.
The Main Event and the High Roller will both be shown on ESPN, in both Australia and the US, with full hole cards and a 30-minute delay. If all goes to plan the cameras will start rolling at 3pm (local time) and it will be the first time in Australian TV history that a poker event will be aired the same day it’s played out.
Most events will keep registration open until the start of Level 7.
Here are the exceptions:
¥ Event #5 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (The start of Day 2)
¥ Event #8 $5,000 8-Game Mix (The start of Day 2)
¥ Event #10 $25,000 High Roller (Level 12 on Day 2)
Player of the Year Race
The coveted WSOP POY race is powered by BLUFF magazine and a new POY will be crowned in the Crown Melbourne. The winner receives a $10,000 seat into the 2015 WSOP Main Event.
Last year, Daniel Negreanu’s 10-cashes, four final tables, and two bracelets were enough to earn him the accolade for the second time, and the Canadian is once again in the running as all eyes avert Down Under.
2014 WSOP Player of the Year Current Standings
1. Brandon Shack-Harris – 752 points
2. George Danzer – 745.20 points
3. John Hennigan – 557.88 points
4. Daniel Negreanu – 519.08 points
5. Daniel Colman – 452,40 points
“With 10 gold bracelets on the line and video of every event, we are thrilled to be at Crown in Melbourne to finish what has been an exceptional year for the WSOP,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
WSOP Main Event Media Credential Time
Members of the poker press should have received an e-mail from Vice President of Corporate Communications, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Seth Palansky, on how to apply for media credentials for the 2014 WSOP Main Event Final Table.
Cards will start flying on Monday, Nov. 10 at 4.30pm Vegas time. Coverage of the event will be available on ESPN2 with a 30-minute delay. Play resumes with three players remaining at 5.30pm on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and ESPN will cover the action until someone wins $10m.
Seating will be organized by the WSOP, and all bust out interviews will take place in the lobby of the Penn & Teller Theater. Interviews are open to all media.
Flash photography is not allowed during the final table, video crews will have limited time around the final table, and footage will not be allowed to include hand-for-hand play, but video is permitted during the bust out interviews.
In a change from previous years, the one post per hour rule has been abolished and members of the media will be allowed to post in tune with the material being aired to the public on ESPN & ESPN2.
Ruffles $10m Promotion
The winner of the WSOP Main Event is guaranteed to walk away with $10m, making it the biggest Main Event prize since Jamie Gold won the event in 2006, and it’s the second biggest prize in WSOP Main Event history.
But the WSOP are giving another $10m away.
Players should look out for specially endorsed WSOP Ruffles potato chips in stores throughout the US. Follow the instructions on the bag, and if you predict the final hand of the WSOP Main Event, you could also win $10m.