The world’s biggest online poker game is to play in the US for the first time, after the Australian Open champion won the first ever US Open bracelet on Thursday.
R King’s victory is the first of its kind in poker history, as the US Open is the oldest and most prestigious event in the world.
It is also a significant moment in poker in the United States, where King has not only become the first Australian to win a US Open crown but also became the first player to make the US Top 10 at both events.
“This is a tremendous win for PokerStars, the US government, and the Australian community,” said PokerStars’ executive director David Smith.
“PokerStars is proud to host a US Grand Prix for the fifth consecutive year and we are excited to have King as part of the US team.
We will also continue to support the US Grand Slam tournaments through our US Series program, as well as hosting events in Canada and Europe.”
We are very pleased that B.J. has agreed to represent the US at the World Series of Poker in 2020.
“King will be joined by two other players on the US side, Australian Dominic Thiem and US Open champion Daniel “Dizzy” Lopate, who will also represent the United Kingdom at the event.
The US has hosted three of the past four US Open titles, including in 2017, where two players took home their first ever bracelet, while another player earned the title of World Series Champion.
This year, the USA will play three matches against the UK, which includes the final of the Australian and European Championship.
The full US and UK squads will be announced in the coming days.