APPT Melbourne: The home of poker down under
Welcome to the luxurious Crown Casino in Melbourne for the continuation of Season 6 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. The APPT Melbourne has positioned itself as one of the premier stops on the local tour, with the $5,000 buy-in attracting the cream of the crop from throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. All of the Team PokerStars Pros from Asia have been confirmed as starters of this event, with Celina Lin, Raymond Wu, Vivian Im and Bryan Huang all expected, while Mexican Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen and Team Online member Roy Bhasin are also going to be hitting the felt over the next few days.
Of course, hosting the biggest sporting stars in the world is nothing new for Melbourne and the Crown Casino.
When you think of sport in Australia (and we do think of sport frequently), you look no further than Melbourne as the sporting capital of the country. All of the big events are here including the internationally recognized Melbourne Cup horse racing, AFL Grand Final, Australia Open tennis and the Formula One Grand Prix.
Likewise, the Crown Casino is considered the epicentre of poker in this country as it hosts the biggest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere with the annual Aussie Millions in January. That reputation for big events will only gather more steam next year when the World Series of Poker branches into Australasia for the very first time, with five WSOP bracelet events to be held at the WSOP APAC in April 2013.
For now, the dreams of poker bling will have to be put aside as the players focus on the APPT Melbourne Main Event which has just kicked off. The event will also double as the ANZPT Season 5 Grand Final where valuable ANZ Player of the Year points will be up for grabs. We'll talk a little more about that later in the evening.
For now, the cards are in the air with close to 100 entrants taking their seats for Day 1a with an expected seven levels to play before we call it a night.
We look forward to bringing you all the stories, both on and off the felt, of the APPT Melbourne right here on the PokerStars Blog.