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    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Ryan

The World Series of Poker is the biggest poker tournament series in all of the world, so any time that news comes out about it, you know that it’s going to get a whole lot of attention. The most recent news to come out about the World Series of Poker is that they are changing their international tournament schedule, which not only affects the international players, but definitely affects the big time United States players who take part in many of the events. The change is going to begin in 2014, and the two largest poker series’ outside of the United States are going to start taking place in alternating years, which means that they are not going to run in the same year at any point, which is what they did this year. There are quite a few reasons for this as you can imagine.

The most likely reason for the World Series of Poker to do this though, is probably that they want to get the prize pools and number of players up in both events, and they assume that many players are only going to take part in one of the series’ each year. We saw the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific kick off in April at the Crowne Melbourne casino in Melbourne, Australia. The APAC featured five different events, and all of them were different in quite a few ways. The largest and final of the tournaments in Australia was the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. When all was said and done, the winner of the first ever Main Event was one of the most well-known and talked about poker players in the world in Daniel Negreanu. This started out Negreanu’s incredible run to the WSOP Player of the Year title.

The WSOP Europe was held for the 7th time this year, and it was played in October. The action ran just before we saw the WSOP Main Event final table, or “November Nine” play, and while it has changed venues quite often, we’ve seen it become one of the most popular events in the poker tournament world. What’s interesting though, is that starting next year, we won’t see the WSOP Europe played. Instead, the WSOP APAC is going to move to October, and will run from October 1st to October 17th. The WSOP Europe isn’t going to be held until 2015, and from that point forward the two series’ are just going to go back and forth, with the APAC getting even number years, and the WSOP Europe running in odd numbered years.

It was summed up well by WSOP Executive Director, Ty Stewart, when he said that they want to “do right by the players”, and also that they want to “provide more value for their travel dollar.” The WSOP wants to make sure that their events are something that players look forward to and mark on their calendars, so that there is still a great build up for the events. The change of date for the WSOP APAC gives the Crowne Melbourne multiple additional months to set up their satellites and other promotions, which will play a large part in helping the tournament fields continue to grow, so we could see numbers massively increase from April.

The change has already drawn a whole lot of attention from the poker world, but the big named players out there are almost all likely to head to the APAC before the November Nine starts, as the October tournament series’ from the WSOP seems to be a huge hit. Players are big fans of the action right after the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, and then getting a bit of a break before the WSOP Europe kicks off, which will now rotate with the APAC!

It’ll be interesting to watch the numbers for the move for the WSOP APAC in 2014, mainly because it’s going to be a change from the WSOP Europe. It is likely to far surpass the number of players, entrants, and intrigue that the tournament got from this past April, but that was likely to happen regardless due to the fact that it was a new series. How much will it grow? Time will tell, but we’ll be prepared to check into it in October of next year, and we’re excited to see what the World Series of Poker rolls out.

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