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2019 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP WARM-UP WEEK SATELLITE PROGRAM - 07 May 2018
Melbourne, Australia. Monday 7 May 2018. Crown Melbourne has today announced that due to overwhelming demand the Aussie Millions Poker Championship Warm-Up Week Satellite Program will commence on Monday 28 May 2018 and conclude on Sunday 3 June 2018.

The Aussie Millions Warm-Up Week will include daily MEGA Satellite Qualifiers (free to enter, with A$10 re-buys) at 12:10pm, and a nightly MEGA Satellite (entry A$250) at 6:10pm offering direct entry to the 2019 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’.

The final weekend (1 – 3 June) is set to be massive in the Crown Poker Room, starting on Friday 1 June at 12:10pm with the Free to Enter - Aussie Millions 5 Seat Guarantee Chase Qualifier event that will also take place on Saturday at 12:10pm.

Continuing on Friday 1 June is the Deepstack Satellite Qualifier (entry A$130) at 2:10pm that enables one in five players to win a seat into the Deepstack Satellite (valued at A$550).
 
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The Deepstack Satellite (entry A$550) will commence on Friday 1 June at 7:10pm offering a 20k Start Bank, 30-minute levels and also the shot at a free 2019 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ seat for every A$10,600 in the event prize pool. That means approximately one in every 22 players registered will win.

The highlight of Aussie Millions Warm-Up Week will definitely be the Aussie Millions 5 Seat Guarantee Chase (entry A$550) on Sunday 2 June at 2:10pm. Entrants will commence with a 20k Start Bank. After the first break, and if entrants are still in the game, they are then able to collect an additional 20k in chips for an ‘add on’ of A$200. This event is an absolute ‘must attend’ for all 2019 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ hopefuls.

With seven DIRECT ENTRY satellites throughout the Warm-Up Week and countless other ways to win discounted entry to the satellite of your choice, there’s simply no excuse to miss your golden opportunity to win your way to a 2019 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ seat at Crown.

The 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship ‘Main Event’ had a total prize pool of A$8,000,000, with an impressive first prize of A$1,800,000, that was awarded to Toby Lewis of Southhampton, England, who emerged as the victorious winner after he overcame an Aussie Millions Main Event record field of 800 entrants from all over the globe.

The full event-by-event tournament schedule for the Aussie Millions is expected to be released soon.

To register for the 2018 Warm-Up Week, visit https://aussiemillions.com/

For further information please contact:
Catherine Wilcox
Senior Communications Manager
Crown Resorts
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8608
Email: catherine.wilcox@crownresorts.com.au

2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP WORLD CLASS EVENT SMASHES RECORDS - 27 February 2018
Melbourne, Australia. Tuesday 27 February 2018. The 2018 Aussie Millions has officially finished and once again it smashed all expectations, drawing poker aficionados from around the world and breaking entrant records. The Main Event drew an all-time record 800 entrants and, with 7,746 tournament entries across the series, the Aussie Millions lived up to its name as the Southern Hemisphere's richest and most prestigious poker tournament.

Over AUD$21 million in cash was awarded to winners and place getters during the course of the 26 championship events and the 2018 series hosted some of the world’s biggest poker players including Fedor Holz, Mustapha Kanit, Sam Greenwood, Dietrich Fast, Felipe Ramos, Manig Loeser, Martin Jacobson, David Steicke, Allen Kessler, Jan Schwippert, Claas Segebrecht, Christain Christner, Matt Salsberg, Kenny Hallaert, Samantha Abernathy, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Chance Kornuth, Gillian Epp, Jack Salter, Joe Hachem, along with past Aussie Millions Main Event winners Shurane ‘Shaz' Vijayaram, Ari Engel, Manny Stavropoulos, Tyron Krost, and David Gorr.

 
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Local Australian identities were also spotted on the tables including cricket hero Shane Warne, NRL star Billy Slater and AFL legend Adam Goodes.

Event #11: $10,600 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’
The biggest story of them all is and will always be the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’, which has been taking place at Crown since 1998. The buy-in in 1998 was only $1,000, and 74 players entered the championship that year, with the winner, Alex Horowitz, taking home AUD$25,900. Compare that to 2018 which saw a Main Event prize pool of AUD$8,000,000. The Championship winner was slated to receive an impressive AUD$1,800,000, making the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event the largest of all time.

Toby Lewis (UK) was crowned the Main Event Champion. Along with his impressive first place haul, he received the custom made diamond-encrusted gold bracelet by ANTON Jewellery.

Lewis soars up his country’s all-time money rankings with this win, and now has over US$4,000,000 in lifetime earnings. A regular on the poker scene, his previous biggest score came back in 2010 when he won EPT Vilamoura. Since then, he has posted final table finishes at several EPT and WPT events, most recently placing fourth at PCA in 2016 for US$267,340. However, this result eclipses all of them and stands as the biggest title of his poker career.

“The last time I won a big tournament was seven and a half years ago,” said Lewis after his win. “I’ve played a lot of poker in that time, with lots of fourth and fifth places over the years. So once I got a big stack in this one, it seemed like a great spot to go on and win!”

“Over the last few months I’ve been working on my game a lot harder than I ever have. Today I made sure my concentration was 100% no matter how tired I was, and it worked out.”

“Melbourne is my favourite city in the world, and I haven’t been in five years because of other commitments! I definitely should have come back sooner, because this is my favourite tournament in the world!”

Aussie Millions - High Roller Action
While the ‘Main Event’ attracted the biggest field since it’s inception, the Aussie Millions has also become a hotbed for some of the largest buy-in poker tournaments across the globe.

This year’s Event 24 $100,000 Challenge was no exception comprising of 19 entries, including Fedor Holz (GER), Manig Loeser (GER), Mustapha Kanit (ITA) and Jack Salter (UK).

However, they were no match for recreational player Michael Lim (MYS) who came into the day with a comfortable stack of 45 big blinds, and navigated the star-studded field to emerge with AUD$931,000 in prize money and the coveted ANTON Jewellery championship ring.

Let’s not forget Felix Stephenson of Norway. After finishing up play in the Poker Room went upstairs to the cash tables and scored himself the Caribbean Stud Jackpot of AUD$1,056,535! He then went on to win Event 19 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha, scoring AUD$81,900 and the ANTON Jewellery championship ring. This trip is certainly one to remember.

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Catherine Wilcox
Senior Communications Manager
Crown Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8608
Email: catherine.wilcox@crownresorts.com.au
 

TOBY LEWIS WINS THE 2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS MAIN EVENT FOR OVER $1.4M - 05 February 2018
Melbourne, Australia. Sunday 4 February 2018. The winner of the largest ever Aussie Millions Main Event in history has been crowned, with Toby Lewis claiming the title along with A$1,458,198 in prize money, as well as the custom made diamond-encrusted gold bracelet by ANTON Jewellery.

This year’s Aussie Millions $10,600 Main Event attracted a record field of 800, defeating the mark of 781 set back in 2008, and in the process created a huge prize pool of A$8,000,000. 
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Lewis soars up his country’s all-time money rankings with this win, and now has over US$4,000,000 in lifetime earnings. A regular on the poker scene, his previous biggest score came back in 2010 when he won EPT Vilamoura. Since then, he has posted final table finishes at several EPT and WPT events, most recently placing fourth at PCA in 2016 for US$267,340. However, this result must eclipse all of them and stands as the biggest title of his poker career.

“The last time I won a big tournament was seven and a half years ago,” said Lewis after his win. “I’ve played a lot of poker in that time, with lots of fourth and fifth places over the years. So once I got a big stack in this one, it seemed like a great spot to go on and win!”

“Over the last few months I’ve been working on my game a lot harder than I ever have. Today I made sure my concentration was 100% no matter how tired I was, and it worked out.”

“Melbourne is my favourite city in the world, and I haven’t been in five years because of other commitments! I definitely should have come back sooner, because this is my favourite tournament in the world!”

With the chip lead, Lewis cut a deal three-handed between eventual runner-up Stefan Huber and third-place finisher Espen Solaas, meaning the Englishman walked away with A$1,383,198, with Huber and Solaas receiving A$909,699 and A$1,177,103 respectively.

After the deal, the final three continued playing with the title, ANTON Jewellery bracelet and A$75,000 in prize money up top. It didn’t take long for Lewis to emerge triumphant, and add his name to the likes of Gus Hansen, Ami Barer and Ari Engel on the long and illustrious list of Aussie Millions Champions.

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For further media information please contact:
Catherine Wilcox
Senior Communications Manager
Crown Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8608
Email: catherine.wilcox@crownresorts.com.au

MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE – PLAYER PROFILES 2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP - 05 February 2018
Seat 1 – Espen Solaas (28, Norway) – Known as “Essi” to his friends, Espen Solaas, is a young Norwegian based in London whose live breakout came in the €880 Norwegian Championship Main Event in 2015. There, Solaas won just over $100,000 and has since won about another $180,000 live, supplementing his online earnings, where he plays pot-limit Omaha cash games and has been grinding since he was a 17-year-old. Solaas showcased his PLO skills at last year's Aussie Millions, where he won the A$5,000 PLO event for A$100,815. He'll try to grab a second, much bigger title here in 2018.
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Seat 2 – Johan Schumacher (18, Belgium) – Schumacher might a relative neophyte to live poker – he's just 18, after all – with just $8,761 in recorded cashes, but he said a different game is his specialty: Mario Kart. Don't
challenge him on Bowser's Castle. Poker, he says, is something he only plays “after every moon eclipse” when taking breaks from dodging red shells. Jokes aside, the Belgian comes into the final table with the shortest stack but appears to be long on personality and certainly long on garish fashion, if his bright pink attire on Day 4 is any judge.

Seat 3 – Mike Del Vecchio (29, USA),– “Mikey D” announced his presence on the tournament scene in a big way last year, when he added his name to the WPT Champions Cup at WPT Rolling Thunder. He nearly grabbed an even more prestigious title less than two months ago, when he finished third at WPT Five Diamond for a career-best $752,196. The Las Vegas-based pro made his first trip to Aussie Millions this year and has had a wild ride going from massive chip leader to shortest stack on Day 4 and now back to around average heading into the final table.

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Catherine Wilcox
Senior Communications Manager
Crown Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8608
Email: catherine.wilcox@crownresorts.com.au
 

TWITCH.TV AND JASON SOMERVILLE ARE LIVE AT THE 2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS MAIN EVENT - 01 February 2018
MELBOURNE, Australia. Thursday 1 February 2018. Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account is the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship with the live stream commencing today, Thursday 1 February at 12:30pm AEST at ‘Main Event’ – Day Three.

Crown Melbourne’s Tournament Director, Joel Williams, said they are thrilled to partner with Twitch in 2018. “We are very excited to partner once again with Jason Somerville to live stream key moments from the 2018 Aussie Millions. Last year’s partnership was incredibly successful and took our championship to new global audiences. As one of the world’s great Poker tournaments, we are looking to build on this in 2018.”
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MELBOURNE, Australia. Thursday 1 February 2018. Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account is the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship with the live stream commencing today, Thursday 1 February at 12:30pm AEST at ‘Main Event’ – Day Three.

Crown Melbourne’s Tournament Director, Joel Williams, said they are thrilled to partner with Twitch in 2018. “We are very excited to partner once again with Jason Somerville to live stream key moments from the 2018 Aussie Millions. Last year’s partnership was incredibly successful and took our championship to new global audiences. As one of the world’s great Poker tournaments, we are looking to build on this in 2018.”

Jason Somerville said “I'm honored to once again partner with Crown Melbourne to showcase the 2018 Aussie Millions live on Twitch. The Aussie Millions is one of the most prestigious poker tournaments on the calendar and I'm excited to present the action once again to fans around the globe. We broke the Twitch Poker record for last year's broadcasts and we've got an even better show planned for the fans in 2018.”

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For further media information please contact:
Catherine Wilcox
Senior Communications Manager
Crown Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8608
Email: catherine.wilcox@crownresorts.com.au
 

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