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CROWN’S 2012 MELBOURNE POKER CHAMPIONSHIP - 03 April 2012
In the world of poker, the person sitting next to you could be a computer programmer, nurse, politician, fund manager, fashion designer, property millionaire, comedian or international poker pro. 
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Melbourne, Australia. Tuesday 3 April 2012. In the world of poker, the person sitting next to you could be a computer programmer, nurse, politician, fund manager, fashion designer, property millionaire, comedian or international poker pro. So, it will be at Crown’s 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship, one of the most prestigious and sought-after titles on the Australian poker calendar, running from 3 May until 14 May at Melbourne’s renowned Crown Poker Room.

This year’s Championship boasts ten official tournaments including two championships. The first event on the schedule will be the ninth instalment of the ‘Joe Hachem Deepstack Series’: a $550 No Limit Holdem event that always attracts a large field. The other championship event on offer is Event 8: Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event ($1100), and there will also be other daily satellite events to participate in from as little as $65.

There is a new twist on an old favourite, with this year’s Event 3: No Limit Holdem Teams - Non Stop Turbo ($300), open to teams of two or three players. Team-mates will then be able to change after each orbit on their table, with no team-mate allowed to play more than one consecutive orbit.

The first Melbourne Poker Championship was held in 2002 where a modest field of 66 players took their seats in the $300 buy-in ‘No Limit Holdem Main Event’. Last year’s ‘Main Event’ was played with 502 entrants from all over the country. Scott Peel emerged victorious, walking away with a cool $104,500 for his efforts.

The 2012 Melbourne Poker Championships will be one of the most enthralling to date, with the prize pool expected to tip over $500,000. A massive field of players are expected to compete including hometown hero and WSOP champion Joe Hachem, 2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel, spin king Shane Warne and defending champion Scott Peel.

New events on this year’s schedule include Event 9: Turbo Terminator ($400) with $100 for every player eliminated, the action on the felts is sure to be fast and loose. Also new is Event 10: NLH - Turbo Ante Up! ($200), in this format the one blind stays at the minimum, while the antes are raised every level. As the very last event on the schedule and at a $200 buy in, this event is sure to attract plenty of interest.

With tournaments available from as little as $65, Crown’s 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship is designed to identify Australia’s top poker talent and is expected to attract over 3,000 plus hopefuls from across the country all vying for a slice of more than $500,000.00 in prize money on offer.

For further information including media accreditation, images or interviews please contact:

Poker Event:

2012 Melbourne Poker Championship

Dates:

3-14 May 2012

Location:

Crown Poker Room (Level B2, Crown Entertainment Complex)

Details:

For tournament details and entry forms view www.crownpoker.com.au

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Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager - Gaming & Corporate Crown Melbourne Limited
T. +61 3 9292 8671
E. natashas@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited
T. +61 3 9292 8607
E. annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

Crown’s Iconic Chinese Restaurant, Silks, Welcomes Two Michelin Star Chef, Peter Chan as New Executive Chef - 01 April 2012
Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hawkins is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned Michelin Star chef, Peter Chan, as Silks’ new executive chef. 
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Melbourne, Australia, April 2012. Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hawkins is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned Michelin Star chef, Peter Chan, as Silks’ new executive chef.

Most recently, Peter Chan was executive chef of two Michelin Star restaurant, Wing Lei located at Wynn Macau. Chef Chan is revered for his innovation, creativity and authentic Cantonese dishes. He is regarded as one of Asia’s most consistent chefs and has secured a Michelin Star for two consecutive years before being awarded a second Michelin Star for Wing Lei in December last year in the 2012 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau.

Originally designed to encourage motorists to venture out of Paris and visit regional French restaurants, the Michelin Guides’ awarded stars are widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most prestigious accolades for restaurants. The Michelin Guide defines five criteria for awarding stars, the quality of ingredients, the flair and skill in preparing them and combining flavours, the chef’s personality as revealed through the cuisine, value for money and consistency.

“We are extremely honoured to have Chef Chan join Crown. Silks has always been a drawcard for those wishing to experience some of Melbourne’s best Chinese dishes in a stunning setting that overlooks Melbourne’s Yarra River. Recently, we have also welcomed Emily Wang, Silks’ Chinese operations manager, upgraded the Tony Chi- designed restaurant and added an extensive selection of regional dishes from Northern China. The arrival of Peter Chan as executive chef at Silks completes the evolution of Silks and we are excited about entering a new era for one of Crown’s most revered establishments,” comments Greg Hawkins.

Hong Kong-born Chef Chan’s culinary career began over 30 years ago in his uncle’s kitchen where he took part in a comprehensive apprenticeship to learn all facets of Chinese cooking.

He has a reputation for using only the freshest premium ingredients, prepared with passion and showcased without excessive adornment. Chef Chan is also regarded as an experienced chef who takes pride in mentoring and leading a dedicated kitchen brigade.

Prior to his appointment as executive chef at Wynn Macau’s acclaimed Wing Lei, Chef Chan was chef de cuisine at both Grand Hyatt Taipei and Grand Hyatt Taiwan.

Chef Chan speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Silks is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Bookings may be made by contacting Silks on 03 9292 5777.

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To obtain high-resolution images or to arrange an interview with Peter Chan, please contact:

Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager
Crown Entertainment Complex Telephone: 03 9292 8673
Email: tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations
Crown Entertainment Complex
Telephone: 03 9292 8607
Email: annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

CROWN SUPPORTS WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY - 26 March 2012
On Sunday 1 April and Monday 2 April, Crown Towers and the Atrium at Crown will be lit up in blue lights. 
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Melbourne, Australia. Monday 26 March 2012. On Sunday 1 April and Monday 2 April, Crown Towers and the Atrium at Crown will be lit up in blue lights, joining the likes of the Empire State Building in New York City, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil and the Sydney Opera House in support of World Autism Awareness Day.

Created to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders on World Autism Awareness Day, Light It Up Blue is a unique initiative to help raise awareness and shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health concern.

Iconic landmarks around the globe, as well as airports, bridges, museums, concert halls, restaurants and retail stores are among the locations around the world that will light up in bright blue as part of the global campaign.

“Light It Up Blue is an important initiative that is being marked in cities around the world and I am proud to announce that Crown will be supporting,” said Greg Hawkins, CEO of Crown Melbourne. “A significant number of businesses and landmarks across the world are participating and Crown would certainly encourage everyone to participate in this worthwhile initiative.”

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For further media information relating to this announcement please contact:

Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager - Gaming & Corporate Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8671
Mobile: +61 434 187 828 natashas@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607 Mobile: +61 412 334 614 annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

BURN THE FLOOR SETS THE PALMS STAGE ALIGHT AT CROWN - 01 March 2012
The Palms at Crown welcomes back dance sensation, Burn the Floor to wow audiences with a new generation twist to Ballroom and Latin dancing. 
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Melbourne, Australia. March 2012. The Palms at Crown welcomes back dance sensation, Burn the Floor to wow audiences with a new generation twist to Ballroom and Latin dancing. A crowd favourite since 1999, Burn the Floor continually evolves the dynamic production to remain fresh and new. The mind-blowing internally renowned production launches Thursday 14 until Saturday 30 June.

Direct from record breaking seasons on the West End and Broadway, Jason Gilkison, the star Director of Burn the Floor is bringing his global Ballroom dancing phenomenon back to Australia. Starring 18 international championship dancers including So you think you can Dance Winner, Robbie Kmentoni and USA So you think you can Dance stars Karen Hauer and Janette Manrara.

‘In all, the very heart of our show remains unchanged, and it is simply defined by the spirit of the dancers and their rebellious nature. It is their energy that helps us create new routines and segments to ensure whether it is the audiences first time or tenth time seeing the show it is always new and vibrant’, says Jason Gilkison.

The on stage performance is so electric it has taken the troupe all over the world, selling over 3.5 million tickets in more than 30 countries across 161 cities. The touring pace and continual development of the show results in the team becoming like a family on the road. Heated creative input, on-road romance and dance fuelled drama brings the team together in an unbreakable connection that transcends the stage.

Producer Harley Medcalf was inspired to create this production over 15 years ago with the original idea of Burn the Floor being born from Elton John’s 50th birthday party in 1997.

‘In the midst of a glamorous costumed evening, the party in full swing, Sir Elton, the ultimate host, introduced 16 young energetic dancers who mesmerized the packed room with a 10 minute dance display’, says Medcalf.

‘The party was so full on, not even an earth quake could stop the action, in the midst of all the fervour, the rich and famous who had seen it all, out came these young dancers. Their performance was so electric and unexpected and it literally blew the room away’, states Medcalf.

The concept has experienced challenges with economic rise and fall and geographical learning curves. The bond between the team meant these obstacles were met head on and success prevailed. ‘It has become a place of fierce commitment, application and kinship for everyone involved’ says Medcalf, who has been at the helm and takes pride in never losing sight of his goal.

Medcalf states, ‘As a company, in just ten years we have created our own history and tradition, through the hard work, experience and absolute passion. This has certainly defined us as people and performers, and given all in the company strength to chase our dream’.

The dancers range in age from 18-30 years of age from all over the globe representing countries including England, Russia, Philippines, Australia, Italy, The United States of America, Peru, Germany, Venezuela and Malaysia.

The back of house is as busy as the stage with 367 costumes and accessories and over 94 pairs of shoes being worn throughout the performance. It is thirsty work with 90 Litres of water consumed at every performance and the dancers rehearse and warm up for 2 hours before every performance. Featured Dances in the show include The Waltz, Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Mambo, Tango, Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, Viennese Waltz and Paso Doble.

The current Burn the Floor Company has won more than 100 Championship Dance Titles including: • The International Latin Championship (Albert Hall)
• The Open British Latin Championship (Blackpool)
• World Ten Dance Championship

• US Latin Championship
• Asia Pacific Championship
• Youth Modern International Championship. • Australian Modern and Latin Championship • Norwegian Latin Championship
• Swiss Latin Championship
• Belgium Latin Championship
• South Pacific Standard Championship

For further information, including event and performance times, please visit

www.crownmelbourne.com.au

For further information or media access for filming and photography please contact:

What:

Burn the Floor

Where:

The Palms at Crown

When:

Thursday 14 until Saturday 30 June.

Admission:

Ticket information www.crownmelbourne.com.au

Details:

www.crownmelbourne.com.au

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Jodi Crocker
Media Relations Manager Crown Entertainment Complex 03 9292 8672 / 0403 026 600 jodic@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager – Public Relations Crown Entertainment Complex
03 9292 8607 / 0412 334 614 annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

CROWN VIP GAMING SALONS - THE WORLD’S BEST - 15 February 2012
The new, ultra-luxurious VIP gaming salons at Crown Melbourne have been judged the best in the world at the International Gaming Awards (IGA) 2012 in London. 
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Wednesday 15 February 2012. Melbourne, Australia. The new, ultra-luxurious VIP gaming salons at Crown Melbourne have been judged the best in the world at the International Gaming Awards (IGA) 2012 in London.

Crown’s new VIP salons occupy the entire top floor of the multi-award winning Crown Towers Hotel and are a showpiece of the A$1.5 billion redevelopment of the Crown Melbourne integrated resort which is scheduled for completion later this year. Crown’s major redevelopment program supports the new salons through a wide range of world class restaurants, bars, luxury accommodation and exclusive brand retail shopping.

“Crown is thrilled to have received this prestigious international award,” said Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Hawkins. “The innovative salons have been enthusiastically endorsed by Crown’s international VIP players and have been extremely popular since officially opening last year,” he added.

In presenting this award, the IGA judges commented, "An outstanding organization and great achievement for Casino VIP Room of the Year. The winner has established an innovative approach to catering for casino customers; it's clear that Crown is passionate about what they do and their vision in this field goes beyond any other."

The VIP gaming salons feature luxurious lounge, dining and pampering areas with panoramic 360 degree views of Melbourne’s city skyline and Port Phillip Bay.

Crown’s range of award-winning restaurants, offering both Asian and Western fine dining cuisine, service VIP customers in the salons 24 hours a day. Crown’s customer service standards, delivered by the team of multi-lingual, highly experienced and expert VIP hosts and dealers, are recognized worldwide.

The VIP gaming facilities at Crown Melbourne have consistently been acknowledged as the best in Australia and have now been taken to another level as recognized by this top international award.

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For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Natasha Stipanov Ann Peacock
Media Relations Manager - Gaming & CorporateGeneral Manager - Public Relations

Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8671
Email: natashas@crownmelbourne.com.au

Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607
Email: annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

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