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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

CROWN AND ANTON JEWELLERY RENEW PARTNERSHIP FOR THE 2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP - 18 December 2017
Melbourne, Australia. Monday 18 December 2017. Crown Melbourne has announced that ANTON will return to the 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship as Official Jeweller of the prestigious tournament, and naming rights sponsor of Event 12 – ‘ANTON Jewellery $50,000 Challenge’.
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As the Official Jeweller of the 2018 Aussie Millions, ANTON Jewellery will produce 26 Championship Rings and the widely-cherished diamond-encrusted ‘Main Event’ Champion’s bracelet which together total over $180,000.

General Manager of ANTON, Sesil Arzadian, says: “We are excited to be partnering with Crown Melbourne once again for the 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. This partnership presents a great opportunity for ANTON to showcase our famous craftsmanship with the 26 event winners, who will each take home a bespoke piece of championship jewellery designed with only the highest of quality and luxury in mind attributes synonymous with both Crown and ANTON.” 

Crown Melbourne’s Tournament Director, Joel Williams, said “The entire Aussie Millions team is extremely pleased to partner with ANTON for the second year in a row. Our tournament is one of the largest and most prestigious gaming events in the Southern Hemisphere so coupled with ANTON’s finest quality, and exceptional service the partnership is a perfect fit!”

ANTON - The Ultimate Jewellery & Swiss Watch Destination.

Founded in 1989, ANTON is one of Melbourne’s most respected jewellers, renowned for obtaining diamonds of magnificent size, precious gemstones of extraordinary quality and selecting only the most luxurious timepieces from around the world.

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CROWN’S 2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE ON TWITCH.TV IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JASON SOMERVILLE - 11 December 2017
Asia-Pacific’s richest and most prestigious poker series to be live via poker professional Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account from Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 February 2018.

MELBOURNE, Australia. Monday 11 December 2017. Crown Melbourne has today announced that Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account will again be the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship - taking one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments global.
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Twitch.tv, the world's fasting-growing social video platform with more than 100 million monthly users, will offer a unique Aussie Millions viewing experience with Somerville streaming the 2018 Aussie Millions exclusively through his channel on Twitch.tv from Thursday 1 February to Sunday 4 February 2018.

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.”

In 2017, Crown and Twitch.tv achieved the following:

  • #1 Most watched live Twitch poker tournament of all time
  • #1 Most concurrent viewers of a live final poker table on Twitch
  • #2 Most concurrent viewers of a live poker stream on Twitch
  • 2nd biggest show in Twitch.tv poker history

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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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