WSOP-APAC to award five bracelets

Updated: January 17, 2013, 2:17 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific will make its debut in Melbourne, Australia, on April 4. The five-bracelet tournament series at the Crown Melbourne Integrated Resort will span 12 days and conclude with the crowning of the first APAC main event champion.

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Erik Kabik/WSOP The Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, will serve as the home of the 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific.

"Ever since Australian Joe Hachem won the WSOP main event in 2005, we dreamed of the day we could hear, 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi!' on native soil," said WSOP executive director Ty Stewart. "We can't wait for the first WSOP Asia-Pacific to begin, and we hope with a solidified schedule, players from around the globe will plan their trip to Melbourne in April as we make WSOP history awarding the first bracelets in the Southern Hemisphere."

APAC's schedule includes a standard no-limit hold 'em main event, six-handed no-limit hold 'em event and pot-limit Omaha event, but the other two events will definitely raise some eyebrows among the poker community. In Event 1, dubbed the "Accumulator," players can enter each of the three starting days for 1,100 Australian dollars, and whatever chips they have at the end of each flight will be added as part of their Day 2 stack. Players who are eliminated on a previous flight can re-enter the next day. The other bracelet event that may draw the toughest field is the AU$2,200 mixed event, which will feature an eight-game format.

"The bracelet events will range from the AU$1,100 to AU$10,000, which will ensure players are well catered for in terms of choice," said Crown Melbourne's chief executive officer, Greg Hawkins. "The five WSOP APAC bracelet winners will etch their names in the long and coveted history that is the World Series of Poker."

Beside the bracelet events, two other tournaments will bring the world's richest players to Melbourne. According to the WSOP, the AU$50,000 High Roller rebuy event on April 13 has already earned the attention of the biggest players in Macau, and a strong turnout is expected. The Caesars Cup competition will take place the following day with a Asian-Pacific team, led by Hachem, facing off against a European team in the preliminary round for the right to play America's team for the trophy.

Bracelet events will count toward the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year award.

Here's the schedule for the 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific:

Event 1: April 4-8: AU$1,100 Accumulator no-limit hold 'em (three starting days, five-day event)
Event 2: April 7-9: AU$1,650 pot-limit Omaha (three-day event)
Event 3: April 8-10: AU$2,200 mixed event (three-day event)
Event 4: April 9-11: AU$5,000 six-handed no-limit hold 'em (three-day event)
Event 5: April 11-15: AU$10,000 main event (five-day event)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.