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Dear Media Member

Thank you for your interest in the ‘World Series of Poker - Asia Pacific' hosted by Crown Melbourne.

World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific returns to Melbourne, Australia for its only international stop of 2014 from October 2-18, 2014 with 10 WSOP gold bracelets on the line.

"Bigger and better is the best way to describe the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "New events at modest price points like the Dealers Choice and Terminator No-Limit Hold'em, plus an expansion of overall events and a move to springtime in Melbourne is designed to encourage the North American and European contingent to make this a can't miss event. Plus, we have secured the most comprehensive live television coverage in both the U.S. and Australia for both the Main Event and High Roller."

Included in the 10-bracelet event schedule is an AUD$25,000 3-day ‘No-Limit Hold'em High Rollers' tournament (Event #10, October 15-17), awarding a WSOP gold bracelet to its victor for the first time.

This year, Crown will continue to provide daily email updates. These emails will provide information on the winners of each event, final payouts and storylines that develop. So the good news is, even if you can't make it to Melbourne, or if you contact us to be added to our media email distribution list, we will ensure you get the daily email updates.

For reporting media only, please refer to the ‘Media Accreditation' section for the Application Form and Media Guidelines.

The closing date for Media Accreditation Applications is Monday September 22, 2014.

Prior to submitting the forms for consideration, ensure that you and your teams have read and understood the Media Guidelines. Upon approval, an email notification will be distributed advising of your accreditation status.

Accreditation Access Passes will be available for collection from 5pm on Thursday October 2, 2014 from the Poker Media Centre located within the Crown Poker Room, High Limit Area.

Media Access is ‘restricted' to certain areas of the Crown Poker Room (this is determined by media status and work priority, and is also affected by security and Occupational Health & Safety procedures).

The WSOP-APAC's goal is to provide the best possible service to all journalists and management granted credentials. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to working with you.

Kind regards

Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager - Gaming & Corporate
Crown Melbourne Limited

Seth G. Palansky
Vice President, Corporate Communications/
Editor-In-Chief, WSOP.com
Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE)/World Series of Poker (WSOP)

 


WSOP-APAC MEDIA ACCREDITATION GUIDELINES

Please follow these Media Guidelines that have been developed by Crown Melbourne Limited (Crown) and World Series of Poker (WSOP).

- Crown reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation applications. Completion of the official application does not guarantee accreditation and accreditation is not guaranteed on previous years' attendance.

- The official title of the event is World Series of Poker - Asia Pacific (WSOP-APAC) and this title should be used in all media related coverage.

- The official logos of the World Series of Poker and Crown Melbourne should not be used, unless specific written permission is provided by Crown.
Your personalised Accreditation Pass must be worn at all times when on-site at the Crown Entertainment Complex.

- Accreditation does not authorise photography or filming outside of tournament areas including the main Casino Gaming Room Floor area, Hotels, Pool and Spa areas, Restaurants and other areas without the advanced written consent of Crown.

- Crown patrons are not to be photographed under any circumstances, other than on tournament tables inside the Crown Poker Room on Level B2, and the film studio (located in The West End at Crown).

- Flash photography is strictly prohibited.

- No Accredited Organisation shall obtain more than three minutes of continuous video footage, and no more than 30 minutes of total footage, of any general tournament play without the prior written approval of Crown. Video footage may not be sub-licensed without the prior written approval of Crown. Filming must not interfere with the conduct of any gaming, the event or with the production of any dedicated television show.

- Accredited media are allowed entry into the tournament area strictly at the discretion of Crown's Tournament Management and Crown's Media Relations Department.

- Accredited media may not speak with or in any other way distract players during any tournament while they are seated at the tables. This act is subject to immediate ejection. The only acceptable time to approach a player is during the breaks in action or when a player steps away from the table voluntarily.

- Credentialed media displaying or otherwise promoting any product or service with the Crown Entertainment Complex will be deemed to be non-working media and have their credentials revoked.

- Crown may require Media Organisations to execute its standard Location Release if filming (or photography or other recordings) is to take place. As Crown has entered into third party agreements regarding the filming of the Tournament, footage or photographs may only be used in accordance with these Media Guidelines and the Location Release.

- Accredited media must conduct themselves in a professional manner. Tampering with an Accreditation Pass in any way, being in possession of an Accreditation Pass that has been tampered with or otherwise defaced, drinking or being under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicant/s at any time when on the Crown premises will result in the accreditation being immediately revoked by Crown and you may be removed from the Crown Entertainment Complex.

- Accredited media must ensure that all social media use in relation to the event, the players, Crown and WSOP is professional, in good taste and does not cause distress to, defame or diminish the good name, good will, reputation or image of any person. Crown reserves the right to request the immediate removal of social media posts or comments by accredited media and failure to do so will result in a breach of these Guidelines.

- Any breach of these Guidelines will result in your accreditation being immediately revoked by Crown and you may be removed from the Crown Entertainment Complex.

- Crown WSOP-APAC reserves the right to revoke the accreditation at any time at its sole discretion.

CODE OF CONDUCT:
Media Accreditation, and any specific access or benefit granted, is a privilege and not a right. All Applicants agree to abide by the terms and conditions, show consideration for the Tournament's policies, and respect players, colleagues, officials, Tournament staff and administrative personnel. Crown Melbourne Limited values the contribution of the media and seeks to maintain positive professional relationships throughout the WSOP-APAC. Crown Melbourne Limited may revoke accreditation at its absolute discretion.

 

 

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Media Centres

The Media Centre is open for Accredited Media Only and no guests will be permitted to enter without prior approval by a Crown or WSOP Media Relations Representative.

Locations:

1. Crown Poker Room - High Limit Area (Level B2, Crown Entertainment Complex)

2. The Film Set (Studio 3)

 

Hours:

12:00am to 2:00am (October 2 - 18, 2014)

 

Entry:

Accredited Media Only (no guests will be permitted to enter without prior authority)

 

Accreditation Access Passes:

Personalised Accreditation Access Passes must be worn at all times when on-site at the Crown Entertainment Complex.

 

Internet:

A free wireless hotspot service (or Wi-Fi) is available. This system is the same as is found in large hotels and airports. Wi-Fi refers to a system which enables wireless connection to the Internet via a network card inserted in to a laptop. Service provision applies to the Crown Poker Room, Media Centre, The Film Set (Studio 3) and Crown Towers, Crown Promenade and Crown Metropol hotels. 

 

Internet Security:

 

This service will be protected from the Internet by a dedicated firewall. However, the security of the data on your personal laptop will remain your responsibility. It is recommended that individuals install personal firewall software on their laptops to prevent hackers on-site using the Wi-Fi service and externally via the Internet. It is also recommended that all email and file transfers be encrypted when using this wireless hotspot service. A simple change in your email software can enable this feature. These precautions should already be in place by those who use the Internet regularly. Accredited Media representatives utilising the wireless hotspot must have the latest anti-virus protection software installed on their laptop.

 

Testing:

Australian-based media who would like to trial the service pre-Tournament should contact the Crown Media Relations Department. We also welcome assisting major agencies by setting up added security services like selected Virtual Private Networks (VPNS).

 

Contingency:

With the assistance of our Internet Service Provider (ISP), we have a number of contingency plans in place, in the event of any problems with the hotspot service. These range from multiple links to our ISP, dual connections from our ISP to the internet and multiple base stations for coverage.

 

Facilities:

Limited desk space, bottled water and power provided at no charge.

 

Security:

Crown takes no responsibility for any equipment or property brought into the Media Centre.

 

Crown Contacts:

Natasha Stipanov

Media Relations Manager - Gaming & Corporate

Telephone: +61 3 9292 8671

Email: natashas@crownmelbourne.com.au

 

WSOP Contacts:

Seth G. Palansky

Vice President, Corporate Communications/

Editor-In-Chief, WSOP.com

Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE)/World Series of Poker (WSOP)

Telephone: +1 702 407 6344

Email: spalansky@caesars.com

 

 

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CODE OF CONDUCT

Media Accreditation, and any specific access or benefit granted, is a privilege and not a right. All Applicants agree to abide by the terms and conditions, show consideration for the Tournament's policies, and respect players, colleagues, officials, Tournament staff and administrative personnel. Crown Melbourne Limited values the contribution of the media and seeks to maintain positive professional relationships throughout the WSOP-APAC. Crown Melbourne Limited may revoke accreditation at its absolute discretion.
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