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IT’S OFFICIAL – AUSSIE MILLIONS MAIN EVENT BREAKS ENTRY RECORD - 01 February 2018
Melbourne. Thursday 1 February. It’s official; the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event field is the largest ever with 785 entries, smashing last year’s entries of 725 and the previous record set in 2008 of 781.

Aussie Millions Tournament Director, Joel Williams says “We knew we would get close to breaking the record but to actually do it is so exciting. The team has worked hard to make this year’s tournament the biggest and best yet and this proves that we are well on our way to achieving that goal.”
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Melbourne. Thursday 1 February. It’s official; the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event field is the largest ever with 785 entries, smashing last year’s entries of 725 and the previous record set in 2008 of 781.

Aussie Millions Tournament Director, Joel Williams says “We knew we would get close to breaking the record but to actually do it is so exciting. The team has worked hard to make this year’s tournament the biggest and best yet and this proves that we are well on our way to achieving that goal.”

With an estimated total prize pool of over AUD$8 million, the Main Event competition is going to be fierce with some of the world’s best poker players hitting the felts in their quest to take out the first prize of an estimated AUD$1.6 million and the diamond encrusted championship bracelet.

Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account will be the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event with the live stream commencing for Day Three on Thursday 1 February at 12:30pm AEST. The stream will continue through to Day Four on Friday 2 February, break for Saturday 3 February and then recommence for the Final Table on Sunday 4 February.

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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

AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES - 29 January 2018
Melbourne, Australia. Monday 29 January 2018. Crown’s 2019 Aussie Millions Poker Championship will commence on Tuesday 15 January 2019 in the Crown Poker Room, Melbourne, Australia.

The action-packed schedule will include the official gold bracelet event, satellites and cash games, along with daily tournaments running for 21 consecutive days.
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The tournament is Australasia’s largest and longest-running, which includes the coveted Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’, slated to run over eight days from Sunday 27 January – Sunday 3 February 2019 with over 700 entrants and an estimated total prize pool of AUD$7 million. Due to the large number of entrants the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ will feature three starting flights; Sunday 27 January, Monday 28 January and Tuesday 29 January. 

“The 2018 Aussie Millions is proving to be our biggest and best to date and we can’t wait to see what the 2019 tournament will bring as the poker stage has never been brighter, and the team are already hard at work to make the next event the biggest and best yet,” says Aussie Millions Tournament Director, Joel Williams.

Nearly 100 poker tables will be set up across the award winning complex to accommodate the thousands of players from over 35 countries who visit Crown during January to compete for a share of a total estimated prize pool of over AUD$24 million.

The current slate of individual events offered during the 2019 Aussie Millions are being finalised, with 26 official gold ring events expected and a broad range of other poker variations at both entry level and championship level.

The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released soon and will be uploaded to https://aussiemillions.com/ with full details.

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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

AUSSIE MILLIONS AMBASSADORS BILLY SLATER, ADAM GOODES & SAM ABERNATHY LAUNCH THE 2018 MAIN EVENT - 28 January 2018
Melbourne. Sunday 28 January. After 11 days of royal flushes, stare-downs and slow rolls, Crown’s highly acclaimed Aussie Millions Poker Championship kicks off the Main Event of Australasia’s most prestigious poker championship.

Commencing today, Sunday 28 January with this year’s ambassadors Adam Goodes, Billy Slater & Sam Abernathy, the Main Event will see over 700 competitors vie for a seat at the Final Table held on Sunday 4th February, where they have a one-in-seven shot at the AUD$1.6million 1st prize and the ANTON Jewellery championship bracelet.
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In 2017 the ‘Main Event’ welcomed 732 entrants from across the globe, with newcomer Shurane Vijayaram taking home a cool AUD$1.6 million for his efforts, after entering the Main Event on a $130 ticket and fighting through a tough field made up of some of the world’s greatest poker players. 

​Joel Williams Crown Melbourne’s Tournament Director Joel Williams said “Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship continues to absolutely stamp itself on the global ‘must-attend’ list for both recreational players and seasoned pros alike.

The 2018 Main Event will attract over 700 players and we can’t wait to see who takes out the title this year.’ Since 2003 the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ has paid in excess of AUD$24 million in first prizes alone, and the entire prize-pool for the 2017 Aussie Millions Poker Championship was a whooping AUD$32 million and 2018 looks set to trump that.

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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

CROWN’S AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATES A NEW GENERATION OF POKER PLAYERS - 23 January 2018
Melbourne, Australia. Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Hosted by Crown Melbourne, Asia-Pacific’s largest poker event, Aussie Millions is welcoming back 25-year-old American professional poker player Samantha Abernathy for the second time – only this year as an ambassador for the highly-acclaimed Main Event.

It was the Aussie Millions Main Event in 2016 that gave the former graphic designer and illustrator an opportunity for her breakout performance.
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Melbourne, Australia. Tuesday 23 January 2018. 

Hosted by Crown Melbourne, Asia-Pacific’s largest poker event, Aussie Millions is welcoming back 25-year-old American professional poker player Samantha Abernathy for the second time – only this year as an ambassador for the highly-acclaimed Main Event. 

It was the Aussie Millions Main Event in 2016 that gave the former graphic designer and illustrator an opportunity for her breakout performance. Abernathy made it to the final table; and played one of the most iconic hands in Aussie Millions history where she got a slow roll from local Mike Habb then managed to spike a two-outer on the river to eliminate him. Habb had been saying, “Ship it to Papa” for much of the tournament so Jason Somerville decided to adopt it for Abernathy after she took all Habb's chips and the phrase ‘Ship it to Mama’ was adopted. Abernathy then finished the Main Event in third place against some of the world’s top poker players and taking home an impressive $625,000.

With her profile growing at a rapid rate, Abernathy is a new generation of poker player and a force to be reckoned with at this year’s tournament, having finished in the top ten of her last eight tournaments.

“I had a great time at Aussie Millions in 2016, and was really happy with the result as I had only been taking poker seriously for a couple of years. This year I have double the experience and a lot more tournaments under my belt, so I am confident I can go further,” said Abernathy.

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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
 

CROWN'S 2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP - 17 January 2018
Melbourne, Australia. Wednesday 17 January 2018. 

Asia-Pacific's richest and most prestigious poker series will commence this evening, Wednesday 17 January and will run through to Monday 5 February 2018 at Crown Melbourne, Australia.

Crown's highly acclaimed Aussie Millions Poker Championship will be launched tonight Wednesday 17 January by the 2017 Main Event winner, Shurane Vijayaram with Event #1 No Limit Holdem ‘Opening Event' at 6:10pm.
 
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The Opening Event, with a AUD$1 million dollar prize-pool guarantee, will be the first of the series of 26 highly anticipated individual poker events, that range in price from AUD$1,150 to AUD$50,000.

As Asia-Pacific’s most prestigious poker championship, the Aussie Millions continues to draw record crowds from across the globe, resulting in unprecedented multimillion dollar prize pools and making legends one hand at a time.

Crown has partnered with Sam Abernathy, Shane Warne, Adam Goodes & Billy Slater as official Aussie Millions ambassadors for this year’s event and recently announced Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account as the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2018 Aussie Millions. Somerville will be streaming exclusively through his channel on Twitch.tv on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th February 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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