Asia-Pacific‟s richest and most prestigious poker series to run from Thursday 17 January to Sunday 3 February 2013 at Crown Melbourne Main Event Championship Begins Sunday 27 January 2013
MELBOURNE, Australia. Friday 15 June 2012. Crown Melbourne has today announced the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship schedule.
Hosted by Crown, one of the world‟s leading integrated entertainment resorts, the 2013 Aussie Millions will officially commence on Thursday 17 January 2013 at 6:15pm, with the first Aussie Millions event the AUD$1,100 No Limit Holdem.
The Aussie Millions is a festival of poker, with 26 separate poker events with buy-ins ranging from AUD$500 to AUD$250,000. The comprehensive slate of the game‟s most popular variations will be on offer and a total of 26 coveted Aussie Millions „Championship Rings‟ will be awarded to each event winner.
Crown‟s Chief Executive Officer Greg Hawkins said “As one of the only remaining independent events on the international poker circuit, the Aussie Millions has effectively become one of the top four poker majors and a favourite amongst some of the most renowned players in the world.”
With a reputation that ranks it alongside the highly acclaimed World Series of Poker (WSOP), Crown will transform into a mecca of the poker world for the Aussie Millions, during the peak of the Australian Summer and host an anticipated 4,000 guests from around the globe, all vying for a slice of the anticipated AUD$20,000,000 plus prize pool.
The prize pools provide a substantial incentive to travel and each winner will also receive a „Championship Ring‟ as a memento of their victory. While the entry fees may sit outside the budget of some players, everyone can qualify via the countless satellite tournaments held during the year and during the event, offering players the chance to win a place in the Aussie Millions „Main Event‟ itself for a fraction of the AUD$10,600 entry fee.
The annual poker tradition, which dates back to 1998, has become a must-visit tournament for global poker players including revered players like 2007 Aussie Millions Champion, Gus Hansen. “It‟s the place I keep coming back to, for the poker, the Australian Open tennis, the atmosphere, the staff and the Australian people. The exquisite effort by Crown to make it a great event for the novice, the aspiring amateur and the high-stakes pro keeps you coming back time after time.” said Hansen.
The Aussie Millions also has major high-stakes cash-game action in the Poker Room, the newly created ultra-lounge „Club 23‟ and the prestigious Mahogany Room. The Crown Poker Room is one of the most prestigious poker venues in the world and is the largest outside Northern America, consisting of over 70 premium poker tables.
On Sunday 20 January 2013, Crown will play host to what has become renowned as the most high profile poker fundraising event in the country „The Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament‟. Created by poker king, Joe Hachem, and Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne, the day will raise much needed funds for seriously ill and underprivileged children throughout Australia for The Shane Warne Foundation. Potential players are encouraged to secure their seats early at www.tswf.com.au.
The coveted Aussie Millions Main Event (AUD$10,600, No-Limit Holdem), is the grandest spectacle of all poker events and will garner the majority of the media coverage. The Main Event which begins on Sunday 27 January will reach its Final Table on Saturday 2 February.
In terms of prize money, the prestigious Aussie Millions Main Event shares the limelight with some of Victoria‟s other major events including the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and the AFL Grand Final.
Some of the game‟s biggest players will meet head-on with locals, online qualifiers and the odd starlet in order to take home the coveted title of Aussie Millions „Main Event‟ Champion and the estimated first prize of AUD$2,000,000.
Event: Crown‟s 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
Dates: Thursday 17 January - Sunday 3 February 2013
Locations: The Crown Poker Room (Level B2, Crown Entertainment Complex) Studio 3 (Level 3, The West End, Crown Entertainment Complex)
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Crown Melbourne is Australia‟s leading integrated entertainment resort attracting approximately 18 million local, interstate and international visitors each year to its 560,000 square metre entertainment complex. The property features 1,600 guest rooms across the complex‟s three hotels - Crown Towers, Crown Metropol and Crown Promenade Hotel – in addition to the Palladium, which is Australia‟s largest ballroom, a world-class convention centre, more than 70 restaurants and bars, including many of Melbourne‟s finest, international designer boutiques, 14 cinemas, two nightclubs and a live entertainment theatre. Crown Melbourne was built at a cost of $2 billion in 1997 and in the period 1997 to 2014 a further $2 billion will have been spent to further enhance Crown Melbourne including building Promenade and Metropol hotels, expanding the Mahogany Room and further enhancing the restaurant precinct in Crown Melbourne. Crown Melbourne is one of Victoria‟s leading tourism icons.
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2013 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2013 Aussie Millions will begin on Thursday 17 January 2013 with the always popular opening event, Event 1: AUD$1,100 ‘Opening Event' No Limit Holdem freeze out tournament. Due to the large field of players, Day 1 of the „Opening Event‟ is divided into three separate starting days (Flight 1 on Thursday 17 January, Flight 2 on Friday 18 January and Flight 3 on Saturday 19 January). Players who make it through the Day 1 will reconvene on Sunday 20 January and play down until the first 2013 Aussie Millions „Championship Ring‟ is awarded.
Flight 2 and 3‟ of Event 1: AUD$1,100 „Opening Event‟ No Limit Holdem are both a Repechage format, whereby players who are eliminated from any of the Day 1 Flights are able to re-enter the event via subsequent Day 1 Flights, along with new players. For example, a player plays Thursday 17 January but is eliminated when their Kings are cracked by an opponent‟s Ace Jack. That player will now have the opportunity to buy in again on Friday 18 January or Saturday 19 January,
The 2012 „Opening Event‟ saw a massive 946 players turn out, generating a AUD$946,000 prize pool, making it the largest tournament field on the schedule. Numbers are expected to grow again at the 2013 Aussie Millions, so expect a huge colourful field and another massive prize pool that will no doubt grow even larger. The „Opening Event‟ has to be the best value tournament on the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship schedule.
Event 2: AUD$1,100 ‘Pot Limit Omaha’ freeze out. The structure for this tournament is also very generous. It will carry a „second chance‟ format, whereby players start with half their chips up front and a second chance card, allowing them to collect the other half at any time during the first 2 levels regardless of their chip stack.
Event 3: AUD$1,100 ‘No Limit Holdem Shootout’ whereby players must win their respective tables before progressing to the next stage of the tournament was a new addition to the Aussie Millions Championship Schedule in 2011 and was a resounding success. Organizers expect this event to grow from the 150 entrants in 2012 and form a nice prize pool.
Event 4: AUD$1,100 ‘No Limit Holdem / Pot Limit Omaha’ was a brand new event on the Aussie Millions schedule in 2012 and proved to be a very popular addition. With the growth of Pot Limit Omaha in recent years and the ever growing popularity of No Limit Holdem, this event will surely draw one of the biggest fields of the Championship.
Event 5: AUD$1,100 ‘No Limit Holdem – Six Max’ was introduced to the schedule in 2011 and surpassed all expectations with a massive field of 372 players, in 2012 there was an even bigger field with 385 entrants. The huge surge in popularity of these short-handed tournaments ensures that there will be even more money on offer next year. Expect to see over a six figure first prize for this event in 2013.
Event 6: AUD$1,150 ‘No Limit Holdem - Rebuys’ with AUD$1,000 Rebuys. The action is always fast and furious for this event with players all trying to build a stack as quickly as possible. Current Aussie Millions Champion, Oliver Speidel, won his first title in this event in 2011.
Event 7: AUD$1,650 ‘No Limit Holdem Bounty Event’ is very similar to the format used for the Bay 101 Shooting Star, whereby each table is allocated a bounty player, awarding $1,000 to any player that busts out the pro on their table. It is a two-day event, and will play down until there are 32 players remaining on Day 1. At the start of Day 2, there will be a re-draw for seats based on chip stacks to four tables of eight players each. Each table will then become a shootout, with the top two players making the „Final Table‟. This is a fantastic event and at only AUD$1,650 is one of the highlights of the Aussie Millions schedule.
The coveted event of Crown’s 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship, Event 8: ‘Main Event’.
In 2003, a total of 122 players put down the AUD$10,000 Main Event buy-in and generated a prize-pool over AUD$1 million for the first time ever on Australian soil. Since then, the Aussie Millions „Main Event‟ has not looked back.
The AUD$10,600 „Main Event‟ has five full days of play, with Day 1 split into 3 Flights to accommodate the ever growing field. The structure is one of the best anywhere in the world, with 30,000 start bank, 90 minute levels on Day 1 and Day 2 and then 2 hour levels from Day 3 onwards. Play begins 9 handed, but then is broken down to 8 handed by the end of Day 1 and is re-drawn 8 handed at the start of Day 2. Play continues until there are 36 players remaining, at which time another re-draw occurs and play becomes 6 handed.
The action in other events continues even once the „Main Event‟ commences with Event 9: AUD$1100 ‘Teams Event’ on Sunday 27 January. This event sees two players sharing one stack of chips, with play rotating between the team-mates every level. In a unique twist, the first partner plays with half the start bank and if they are eliminated from the tournament their partner sits with the remaining stack
The Aussie Millions has a number of unique events on its calendar, but none has been more prestigious over the years than Event 10: ‘AUD$100,000 Challenge’. While more recently other events around the world have added six figure buy-in events to their schedule, the Aussie Millions has been hosting these for the past seven years. The best of the best battle it out against the richest of the rich, and it‟s also the event that top corporates have also taken a shining to. It‟s the poker game that compacts the accumulation of wealth, assessing risk and the thrill of negotiation into a quick and easy couple of hands, for a small fee of AUD$100,500.
Regular attendees include Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Chris Fergusen, Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, along with Aussie locals Joe Hachem, Tony G and Jeffrey Lisandro. Past Champions have included Dan Smith, Sam Trickett, Dan Shak, David Steicke, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren and John Juanda.
As the Aussie Millions „Main Event‟ continues the events don‟t stop, with the schedule specifically designed to give players something else to do if they bust out. Unlike other festivals, that end once the „Main Event‟ gets going, the Aussie Millions gives players almost too many choices.
There are many events for the bigger bankrolled players, they include a $2,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha, $2,500 H.O.R.S.E and a $5,000 8 Game Mixed Event. The $5,000 Chinese event also returns after its successful introduction last year
New to the Schedule in 2013 are two different Mix Max Events. Event 12: AUD$1,100 ‘No Limit Holdem - Mix Max’ is on the Monday 28 January while Event 19: AUD$5,000 ‘No Limit Holdem - Mix Max’ is on Thursday 31 January. These events are becoming increasingly popular on the international circuit; they start as full ring games, redraw to six max events at a later stage and finish as a Heads-Up Bracket.
Event 18: AUD$550 ‘Australian Poker Hall of Fame Classic - No Limit’. Members of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame will be out in full force for this one, with Bounties put on their heads and some great prizes up for grabs. This one is sure to be great fun as the old guard mixes it up with the young guns.
Also on the back half of the schedule is Event 20: AUD$2,500 ‘No Limit Holdem - Six Max’ tournament. This one has a ridiculously slow structure so be sure not to miss it on Friday 1 February.
The $100,000 Challenge is an incredible event to witness, but it is not the biggest buy-in event on the schedule. In January 2011, what began as a rumour around the Crown Poker Room quickly grew into a reality when the world‟s first ever AUD$250,000 buy-in tournament was held.
A staggering 20 players ponied up the quarter of a million dollar buy-in, and it was stalwart Erik Seidel who took home the $2.5million first place prize. In 2012, a still impressive 16 players entered with legend Phil Ivey winning the event.
In 2013 Event 21: ‘$250,000 Challenge’ will again feature prominently on the schedule with more wealthy businessmen from Asia expected to participate as the event does not clash with Chinese New Year.
In 2011, Crown hosted the largest poker tournament on the planet, which saw an astounding 20 players entering the $250,000 Super High Roller Event, creating a prize-pool of $5,000,000. The list of entrants was more than impressive and the poker world was again transfixed in January 2012.
Among the stars that took part in the event were the 2011 champion Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, Tom Dwan, Jason Mercier, John Juanda and Sorel Mizzi. In addition, the event had a handful of businessmen on the felt, including Richard Yong, Paul Phua and Winfred Yu.
Phil Ivey shipped the AUD$2,000,000 first-place prize after defeating Patrik Antonius heads up, officially welcoming himself back into the poker world as if he had never left. With his win, Ivey leapt over Daniel Negreanu into second place on the all-time money list. Even with Ivey‟s absence from tournament poker, he took to the 2012 Aussie Millions with a vengeance and has put himself right back in position as, what many consider, the greatest player on Earth.
Crown will repeat history on Friday 1 February 2013, as the event is staged in „Studio 3‟ from 2:15pm.
Event 23: AUD$600 ‘Turbo No Limit Holdem Cubed’ was a brand new event on the Aussie Millions schedule last year. In 2013 players will have the option to purchase a single AUD $500 rebuy and add- on prior to the end of the first break.
Event 24: ‘$25,000 Challenge’ returns to championship once more. The scheduling issues that saw a reduced field play in 2012 have been resolved with more than 50 entrants expected to participate in 2013.
Another event making its first appearance at these championships is Event 25: AUD$1,100 ‘Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo’. This event is probably the most requested event we have had in the past few years so expect a large field. More new events added to the schedule in 2013 are a straight AUD$1,100 NLH event and an AUD$1,100 NLH terminator event, both running concurrent with the Main Event.
The final event on the schedule will be action packed as players take their last shot in Event 26: AUD$5,000 ‘Turbo No Limit Holdem – Six Max’. This event was the most requested event from our high rollers as they wanted a chance to have some fun.