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Focus on Footy presents an extraordinary and exclusive set of 34 larger than life portraits of people who have contributed in some way to the games greatness.

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Melbourne, Australia. August 2012. Focus on Footy presents an extraordinary and exclusive set of 34 larger than life portraits of people who have contributed in some way to the games greatness; from fans, well known Australians, dignitaries, celebrities and officials to legendary AFL players past and present.

Event: Crown’s FOCUS ON FOOTY Exhibition

Date: TODAY Thursday 30 August 2012

Location: Level 1, Crown Metropol – Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar

Parking: Complimentary valet at Crown Metropol

Guests attending: AFL and NRL names with their portraits

  Shane Crawford


  Justin O’Neill

  Ryan Hinchcliffe

  Kevin Proctor

  Cameron Smith

  Megan Cullen – exhibition photographer

  Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney - Curators

10:50am Media arrive
11:00am Players and guests arrive
Midday Photo opportunities

Morning tea served Midday Media Call concludes

About: On display until Sunday 7 October, footy fans can see Shane Crawford, Eddie McGuire, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Nathan Buckley, Molly Meldrum, Kevin Sheedy, Ron Barassi, James Hird, Sam Newman and Jimmy Bartel in this revealing tribute to football.
Stationed throughout Crown’s glittering Level One Retail precinct at Crown Metropol, this state of the art presentation of Focus on Footy is a radical departure from a normal exhibition providing visitors with an exciting visual experience unlike anything ever seen.

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Jodi Crocker
Media Relations Manager
Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8672
Mobile: +61 403 026 600

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607
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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the legendary recording “Hot August Night”, PETER BYRNE brings Neil Diamond„s classics together with the The Australian Pops Orchestra for one night only at The Palms at Crown. 
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Melbourne, Australia. August 2012. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the legendary recording “Hot August Night”, PETER BYRNE brings Neil Diamond„s classics together with the The Australian Pops Orchestra for one night only at The Palms at Crown.

It is 40 years since Neil Diamond stepped on stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles with a symphony orchestra and recorded what is still known today as one of the greatest live albums of all time. Now that album will be re-created in its original format in a national tour by Peter Byrne and The Australian Pops Orchestra.

Featuring classic songs Crunchy Granola Suite, Cherry Cherry, Sweet Caroline and I am I said... Guests will experience the same spontaneous display of energy and sensuality of Neil Diamond via the superb talents of Peter Byrne.

Peter‟s capacity to recreate Neil Diamond to an impeccable standard has meant that Neil himself has endorsed Byrne‟s tribute on many occasions.

"....the day I see a better Diamond, will be the day the man himself appears on stage... “

Adrian Revere...The Mercury

"Thanks for the great tribute." Neil Diamond

Peter is a consummate performer, at home in an intimate setting, playing guitar and singing from his wide repertoire of songs, or performing with a 30-piece symphony orchestra for a huge audience. This show is not to be missed.

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Hot August Night – Tribute by Peter Byrne


The Palms at Crown


Saturday 1 September 2012 – doors open 7:15pm


$79 pp


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Jodi Crocker
Media Relations Manager Crown Entertainment Complex 03 9292 8672 / 0403 026 600

Ann Peacock
General Manager – Public Relations Crown Entertainment Complex
03 9292 8607 / 0412 334 614 

Crown Re-launches Conservatory, where the Restaurant’s Kitchen Takes Centre Stage - 01 July 2012
Crown Melbourne is pleased to re-launch its premium buffet restaurant, Conservatory. 
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Melbourne, Australia, July 2012...Crown Melbourne is pleased to re-launch its premium buffet restaurant, Conservatory. Located on level one of Crown Towers, the luxurious restaurant is at once welcoming, inviting and features expansive views of Melbourne’s Yarra River.

It’s a view that is matched only by Conservatory’s extraordinary offering that showcases the best locally sourced produce, an abundance of fresh seafood including sushi and sashimi, dim sum, noodles, pastas, mouth-watering roasts and traditional Indian dishes made in the open kitchen’s tandoor oven.

Lead by Conservatory’s Chef de Cuisine, Joanne Bainbridge, the restaurant’s chefs work from an open kitchen that enables interaction between chefs and guests. Guests can watch chefs cook, see their choice of piping hot naan made right before their eyes or order a roast just the way they like it. Seafood lovers will rejoice at the number of oysters on offer, cheese buffs are catered for too, while salad aficionados will marvel at one of the city’s most impressive salad bars.

The dessert station is arguably Melbourne’s best. It’s brimming with freshly baked cakes, molten chocolate fountains, mousses, mini trifles, miniature tarts, petit fours, chocolates, sweets, candies, ice cream and even a frozen teppan that’s used to mix ice cream with an assortment of chocolates, sweets and fruit to create a made-to-order frozen treat for children and adults alike.

Conservatory’s dedicated pastry chefs are on hand to prepare servings of frozen teppan ice cream, slice cakes and thread fruit skewers to order.

Why open kitchen-style dining? For buffet devotees, diners cite many reasons for opting to dine this way. Explanations vary from seeing what there is to eat, knowing how much a meal costs in advance, setting the pace of either a leisurely or quick meal, being able to try dozens of dishes over the course of a meal and even being able to have second servings of favourite dishes.

“Conservatory is truly innovative and new. It’s unlike anywhere else in Melbourne. Crown has made a multi-million dollar investment to ensure that Conservatory is absolutely the best it can be, from the custom-made theatre-style kitchen to a commitment to use only the best possible ingredients,” said Crown Melbourne’s Executive General Manager, Food & Beverage, Nicolas Kurban.

“We have a dozen chefs working during each meal service. What’s more is that new dishes are constantly being placed on the buffet throughout each meal. This not only keeps things interesting for our guests, it keeps it exciting for our chefs too,” adds Kurban.

Conservatory’s Chef de Cuisine, Joanne Bainbridge has over two decades worth of experience and has developed menus that will appeal to hotel guests, large groups, families, fussy eaters and gourmands alike.

From Monday until Thursday at lunch and dinner and on Sunday nights, Conservatory has a daily dish that is served to guests at their table. Sample dishes include freshly fried beer battered fish, Cuban pulled pork sliders with mango, lime and tequila salsa and salt and pepper school prawns with harissa. It’s just another example of how Conservatory differentiates itself from traditional buffet-dining.



Conservatory’s breakfast menu re-enforces the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fresh-out-of-the-oven croissants are served to guests at their table while the buffet is laden with everything from the freshest seasonal fruit, cold meats, cheeses, freshly baked pastries including house-made coconut cherry loaf, daily fruit compotes such as rhubarb with hibiscus, smoothies, French toast, waffles, pancakes and eggs made to order plus soft-boiled eggs with toasted soldiers, Shakshuka eggs and egg cocotte with smoked salmon, caperberries or wild mushroom, thyme and caramelised onion. Traditional Japanese and Chinese dishes are also on offer.

Conservatory’s breakfast is not limited to guests of Crown Towers and is open to the public every day. Breakfast is available 6.30am – 10.30am Monday until Friday and 7.30am until 10.30am on weekends.

Breakfast is $29.50 for Continental and $39.50 for an extensive hot breakfast.

Lunch, including a coffee or tea, is $48.00 per person, Monday until Friday and $61.00 per person on Saturdays.

Dinner is $74.50 Sunday until Thursday, $98.00 on Friday and $92.00 on Saturdays.

There are two dinner sittings available on Friday and Saturday evenings, 5.30pm – 8pm and 8.30pm until 11pm.

Friday Night Seafood Buffets

Every Friday night, Conservatory features crayfish, chilled Queensland spanner and blue swimmer crab, prawns, Coffin Bay and St Helen’s oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, Hervey Bay scallops, sushi and sashimi.

$98.00 per person includes seafood buffet as well as dim sum, noodles, Indian curries, Western and European dishes and dessert buffet.

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch is a sophisticated occasion celebrated around the world. Every Sunday Conservatory showcases a decadent brunch including antipasto, dishes from the hot grill, salads, cheese and dessert from 11.30am until 3pm for $75.00 per person.

Conservatory also includes an intimate bar and offers Afternoon Tea served in the Conservatory’s lounge area, overlooking Crown’s famous black marble atrium.

Children between the ages of 4 and 11 are able to dine for half of adult prices at breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Boasting a breath-taking design by leading Sydney-based architect and interior designer, Blainey North, Conservatory makes guests feel like they have been instantly transported to London, Shanghai or New York during an era when craftsmanship and materials were revered and buildings and interiors were designed to endure and built to last.

There are four distinct areas in which to dine at the 190 seat Conservatory, including a small collection of tables assembled close to the antipasto, seafood, salad and cheese selections, an intimate area near the bar and two larger dining areas. White marble floors, bespoke chandeliers, a distinctive woven timber ceiling, custom-made carpets, generous chairs and tables, solid, locally made steel screens and dramatic reflective surfaces combine to create a lavish and engaging space in which to dine.

The restaurant is flanked at either end with floor to ceiling mirrors, which teamed with double-height windows overlooking the Yarra River create a natural light-filled and spacious environment.

Conservatory predominantly features a palette of green and stark white. In the open-plan kitchen custom-made spice jars hang on walls and hundreds of red mosaic tiles inspired by Victorian fenestration are used to theatrical effect.

“Conservatory is reminiscent of English conservatories and references Georgian grandeur and Art Deco detailing. By employing traditional craftsmanship techniques, such as the marble panel detailing used on the restaurant’s pillars, we’ve aimed to create a sense of timeless permanence and make guests feel comfortable,” comments interior designer, Blainey North.

“By adopting century-old techniques set in a modern context, such as the use of traditional fluted details on the bar or the restaurant’s solid metal screens, along with the repetitive use of a soft arch formation, it’s a true mix of French-Deco industria and old world decadence. I’m particularly fond of the chairs, they’re largely influenced by luxury sports cars and feature Armani Casa fabric in red, gold or green with white leather perforated with tiny pin dots,” says North.

“It’s the first time we’ve experimented with translating a graphic form and making it into a repetitive architectural detail. The inter-secting arch motif features on everything from the chandeliers to the chairs, tables and wall hangings,” adds North.

Pairing an exquisite setting with an inventive and new approach to traditional buffets, Conservatory is destined to set a new benchmark in buffet-style dining.

Bookings can be made by:

Phone +61 3 9292 5777

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Crown Entertainment Complex
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Media Relations Senior Coordinator Crown Entertainment Complex
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The West End at Crown – A New World is WaitingThe West End at Crown – A New World is Waiting - 01 July 2012
Crown’s new destination, The West End is now open.  
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Melbourne, Australia, July 2012. Crown’s new destination, The West End is now open. The West End encompasses two new restaurants – The Merrywell and Cotta, two new bars – Lumia and The Common Room, premium and casual gaming, live entertainment and sports streaming from around the globe.

The new one-stop entertainment precinct is positioned to be the first choice for after-work drinks, a new option for a memorable dining experience without the white table cloths, and the place to be before, after and during all major local and international sporting events.

The West End precinct was a two-year, over $90 million AUD project that has enhanced 15,000 square metres of the Clarendon Street end of the Crown Entertainment Complex.

On Trend Tables
The Merrywell opened in late-April to rave reviews and is quickly earning a reputation as one of the hottest places to be at Crown. Its two international chefs, Grant MacPherson and Sam DeMarco aren’t your average partnership; these two hands-on culinary masterminds have intertwined their knowledge and experience of American and Tex-Mex cuisine and refined it for Australia’s discerning palate.

High quality pub-sized meals with a twist feature on the menu alongside plenty of shared plates options. The venue is two-floors of hipster-print walls, retro-inspired lounge areas, a 7000-strong beer bottle wall art installation which projects moving images as well as front-row balcony seats to witness Crown’s famous fireballs. The terrace’s powerful heaters ensure guests won’t feel Melbourne’s winter.

Feeling Peckish?
Cotta, derived from the word terracotta, is Crown’s new 150-seat café open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Put simply, the menu at Cotta features dishes with clean, fresh flavours and healthy ingredients.

The menu boasts a range of breakfast options, salads, seafood and meat dishes to suit all taste buds, as well as an extensive dessert menu for those with a sweet tooth.

Menu options include a salad of heirloom tomatoes, grilled dill cucumber and crisp brioche with a la Greque dressing for $13.50, grilled asparagus, poached egg, shaved Parmesan with focaccia croutons and olive oil for $13.50 and main course options of char-grilled king prawns with butter lettuce and watermelon dressing for $21.90 and grilled blue eye fillet with braised fregola, fennel and orange salad and caperberries for $18.90 to name a few.

Take Me To The Action

Transparent screen walls, live bands and DJs, a 5.8 metre projection screen and oversized LCD TV screens dedicated to showing all major domestic and international live sporting events are distinctive features of The Common Room. The bar appears to be set alight with a side-by-side bottle feature, making the bar architecturally striking as well as practical.

The Liquid Kitchen
Lumia cocktail bar is located in the centre of The West End. Guests are encouraged to experience Lumia’s expansive bar, the adjacent Cotta, The Common Room and Lumia’s own terrace. There’s an eye-catching 30-metre-long artwork on the ceiling backlit with LED lighting as well as a ground- breaking cocktail list that will tempt even the most wary. Live Cuban and Latin music will differentiate Lumia and set it apart from its surrounds.

Lumia’s lengthy cocktail list features the best cocktail methods from the past. For instance, some of Lumia’s cocktails adopt a traditional ‘shrub’ method that was popular more than two centuries ago. The shrub practice was devised in the late 18th century as a technique to preserve summer berries and fruits. By mixing the berries in sugar and vinegar, they are reduced down to a dense, sweet liquid that both conserves and enhances the fruits’ flavours.

Upon entering the awe-inspiring back room of Lumia, guests will delight in the bar’s design, décor and be drawn to Lumia’s inviting plush furniture and a sprinkling of premium gaming, not to mention the jaw-dropping 30-metre-long Swarovski crystal mesh beaded chandelier which sparkles through the day and night with the help of LED lighting. Created by an international design team from the Czech Republic, this art installation is worth $250,000.00 AUD.

Once through this room, guests can walk out onto the large terrace area which overlooks the Yarra River with its very own bar.

For the tech-savvy – If it didn’t happen online, did it really happen?

The West End is a Wi-Fi hot-spot making social media easily accessible to visitors. Guests can ‘check in’ to The West End via Facebook or by using The West End App.

Diners can also peruse an interactive digital menu at The Merrywell.

Social Media destinations include:!/themerrywell!/westendatcrown

@westendatcrown #westendatcrown @themerrywell #themerrywell #goodtimesontap

The West End iphone and Android app is a first for Crown Melbourne. The app will offer a range of incentives and offers for Crown’s West End guests and will help visitors plan their night by providing them with all the information needed to make the most out of the West End.

Features include:

Rewards for checking in. For example, complimentary cocktail offers at Lumia

Allows guests to share their journey through The West End on their personal social network

Access to ‘What’s On’ information so guests don’t miss out on their favourite events 

Where is The West End? The new development is located on the corner of Clarendon Street entrance and Crown’s Riverwalk.

For more information, please visit or Crown is committed to providing responsible gaming services by making available education,

information, assistance and resources concerning responsible gaming matters. Crown practises responsible service of alcohol.

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Media Relations Senior Coordinator Crown Melbourne
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Crown Melbourne
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Asia-Pacific‟s richest and most prestigious poker series to run from Thursday 17 January to Sunday 3 February 2013 
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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

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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About Crown Melbourne

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607

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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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. 

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