One of the biggest tournament series on the annual Asia-Pacific poker calendar kicks off this week with the third edition of WSOP Sydney Circuit event.
Running from Tuesday 27 November to 17 December 2018, WSOP Sydney will comprise 15 tournaments over the course of 21 thrilling days including the AU$2,200 buy-in Main Event which starts on Friday 7 December and boasts a guaranteed $2.1 million prize pool.
The series also includes a $400,000 guaranteed 6-max event, $400,000 guaranteed Monster Stack, $1 million guaranteed $5K Challenge and the ever-popular opening event which launches the series on Tuesday.
As always, two players – the Main Event winner and the Casino Champion – will win a seat into the 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship in the United States, which is an official WSOP gold bracelet event and boasts a guaranteed minimum US$1 million prize pool. Casino Champion will be the player that accrues the most points based on their performances across all 15 events.
The WSOP is the most recognized and revered tournament brand in poker. First held in 1970 when Las Vegas icon Benny Binion invited seven of the country’s best players to compete across a series of cash games, it has since evolved into an annual festival of poker with the 2018 WSOP attracting more than 100,000 players across 78 bracelet events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The WSOP Circuit was added in 2005 and will this season feature 27 confirmed stops across the US, while the WSOP International Circuit will include stops in Canada, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Uruguay and Morocco.
Sydney’s WSOP Circuit Event, held in the luxury surrounds of The Star Poker Room, is recognized as the biggest of any WSOP international circuit stop with a huge field of 1,067 players taking their place in 2017.
Local Sydneysider Michael Kanaan emerged victorious on that occasion, joining another Sydney local in 2016 champion Joel Dodds as the two winners of WSOP Circuit Sydney since its inception.