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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
 

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

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