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CROWN MELBOURNE’S EXECUTIVE CHEF, KELLY JACKSON, NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF OF THE YEAR 2016 - 27 May 2016
MELBOURNE, 27 May 2016. Crown Melbourne’s Kelly Jackson, has been named Executive Chef of the Year 2016 in the inaugural Executive Chefs Club awards.
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At the final judging stage held at the popular Estelle Bistro in Melbourne’s north, Jackson wowed the judging panel with his bite-sized “Jamon Iberico, poached quails egg and crunchy potato” canapé, giving Spanish cooking a bold Australian twist. The expert judging panel included celebrity chefs Scott Pickett and Shane Delia.

Entrants were tasked with creating eight “evolution menu” themed tapas-style canapés using key premium Spanish ingredients courtesy of major sponsors; Manolete, Garcia Baquero, Navidul and Hiramasa Kingfish, which Jackson carried out with particular flair.

Jackson said winning the competition was “above and beyond” his expectations and “the ultimate accolade”.
“I was very happy to be part of it and very happy with the result,” Jackson said. “It’s great for me and it’s great for Crown. I was excited to be able to show off some of the techniques and ideas I’ve picked up throughout my career.”

Jackson joined the team at Crown Melbourne as Sous Chef in 2012 and was quickly promoted to Executive Chef - Events and Conferences in 2013. Prior to that time, he gathered his wealth of culinary experience in leading roles in kitchens across the globe from Beirut, New York and London to Dubai, St Andrews (Scotland) and Barbados.

For more information about the Executive Chefs Club or Executive Chef of the Year 2016 visit www.executivechefsclub.com.au.

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2017 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP WARM-UP WEEK SATELLITE PROGRAM - 04 May 2016
Crown Melbourne has today announced that due to overwhelming demand the Aussie Millions Poker Championship Warm-Up Week Satellite Program will commence on Monday 6 June 2016 and conclude on Sunday 12 June 2016.

 
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The Aussie Millions Warm-Up Week will include daily MEGA Satellite Qualifiers (free to enter, with $10 re-buys) at 12:10pm, and a nightly MEGA Satellite (entry $250) at 6:10pm offering direct entry to the 2017 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’.

The Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend is set to be massive in the Crown Poker Room, starting on Friday 10 June at 12:10pm with the Free to Enter - Aussie Millions 5 Seat Guarantee Chase Qualifier event that will also take place on Saturday at 12:10pm.

Continuing on Friday 10 June is the Deepstack Satellite Qualifier (entry $130) at 2:10pm that enables one in five players to win a seat into the Deepstack Satellite (valued at $550).

The Deepstack Satellite (entry $550) will commence on Friday 10 June at 7:10pm offering a 20k Start Bank, 30-minute levels and also the shot at a free 2017 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ seat for every $10,600 in the event prize pool. That means approximately one in every 22 players registered will win.

The highlight of Aussie Millions Warm-Up Week will definitely be the Aussie Millions 5 Seat Guarantee Chase (entry $550) on Sunday 12 June at 2:10pm. Entrants will commence with a 20k Start Bank. After the first break, and if entrants are still in the game, they are then able to collect an additional 20k in chips for an ‘add on’ of $200. This event is an absolute ‘must attend’ for all 2017 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ hopefuls.

With seven DIRECT ENTRY satellites throughout the Warm-Up Week and countless other ways to win discounted entry to the satellite of your choice, there’s simply no excuse to miss your golden opportunity to win your way to a 2017 Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ seat at Crown.

The 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship ‘Main Event’ had a total prize pool of $7,320,000, with an impressive first prize of $1,600,000, that was awarded to Ari Engel of Toronto, Canada, who emerged as the victorious winner after he overcame a field of 732 entrants from all over the globe.

The full event-by-event tournament schedule for the Aussie Millions is expected to be released soon.

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THE CROWN RESORTS AND PACKER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE $25 MILLION MELBOURNE AND PERTH ART EDUCATION INITIATIVE - 01 April 2016
Friday 1 April, 2016. Gretel Packer, Chair of the Packer Family Foundation, today announced the launch of the Melbourne and Perth Art Education Initiative - a $25 million, eight year joint commitment of the Crown Resorts and Packer Family Foundations.
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Based on the success of the Western Sydney Arts Initiative, the Melbourne and Perth Art Education Initiative will provide more young Australians with the opportunity to engage with the arts and help them reach their full potential. As well as promoting creativity, most of these programs will be education focussed, using art as the vehicle with which to engage youth with their learning and their community.
 
Ms Packer said, “Australia is a vast, dynamic and multi-cultural country. The programs we partner with through our Melbourne and Perth Art Education Initiative, as well as our Western Sydney Arts Initiative, will provide young Australians important social and cultural access points, mentoring and engagement opportunities, helping them on the path to fulfil their dreams.”
 
For information on how to apply for funding from the Melbourne and Perth Art Education Initiative visit www.crownresorts.com.au/foundation – all applications must be received by 5pm on 15 June, 2016.
 
About our $200 million National Philanthropic Fund:
Launched in 2014, the National Philanthropic Fund is a joint commitment of the Crown Resorts and Packer Family Foundations. Over 10 years, from financial year 2015 to financial year 2024, $200 million will be allocated to organisations which provide young Australians access to a better education, more opportunities to be creative and more opportunities to develop the self-esteem and confidence that will help them to build happy and fulfilled lives.
 
In its first year, the National Philanthropic Fund provided significant support to over 80 programs. Utilising art, music and sport, many of these programs are aimed at keeping some of the community’s most marginalised youth engaged with their education and learning.
 
The National Philanthropic Fund is administered through two sub-funds - the $100 million Community Partnerships and Indigenous Education Fund and the $100 million National Arts Fund. Within the $100 million National Arts Fund sits the $30 million Western Sydney Arts Initiative and the newly announced $25 million Melbourne and Perth Art Education Initiative.
 
The Crown Resorts Foundation Board is chaired by The Hon. Helen Coonan, and the Packer Family Foundation Board is chaired by Ms Gretel Packer. Both Boards offer extensive philanthropic experience with other members including Mrs Roslyn Packer AO, Mrs Rowena Danziger AM, Mr Harold Mitchell AC and Mrs Lucy Turnbull AO.
 
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CROWN RESORTS AWARDED BEST CASINO OPERATOR IN ASIA/AUSTRALIA FOR 2016 - 23 February 2016
Crown Resorts has been awarded Casino Operator of the Year Asia/Australia for 2016 at the prestigious International Gaming Awards (IGA) in London.
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The IGA is considered the ‘Oscars’ of the gaming industry and celebrates the outstanding performance of the industry worldwide.

“Crown Resorts is thrilled to have received this prestigious international award,” said Chief Executive Officer, Mr Rowen Craigie.

Studio City (Macau), in which Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (MCE) has a 60% interest, was awarded Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year for 2016.

In addition to these accolades, Crown Towers Macau has also been awarded the Forbes Five-Star Hotel Awards for 2016 by the Forbes Travel Guide for the fourth year in a row.

"These awards all recognise the quality product and exceptional service standards that are present at Crown’s resorts both in Australia and internationally," said Mr Craigie.

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AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2017 DATES - 28 January 2016
Wednesday 11 January - Monday 30 January 2017 at Crown Melbourne, Australia Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’, part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), begins Sunday 22 January 2017.
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Melbourne, Australia. Thursday 28 January 2016. Crown’s 2017 Aussie Millions Poker Championship will commence on Wednesday 11 January 2017 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 20 consecutive days.

The poker festival will reach its prime with Asia-Pacific’s longest-running poker tournament, the coveted Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’, part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), which is slated to run over eight days from Sunday 22 January - Sunday 29 January 2017.

Due to the large number of entrants the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ will feature three starting flights; Sunday 22 January, Monday 23 January and Tuesday 24 January.

“The 2017 Aussie Millions will again be the biggest and best to date, as effectively one of the top poker majors and a favourite amongst some of the most renowned players in the world. The stage has never been brighter, and the team are all hard at work to make the next event the biggest and best yet,” said 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 around the world who attend Asia-Pacific’s largest poker event.

The current slate of individual events offered during the 2017 Aussie Millions are being finalised, with 20+ official gold ring events expected and a broad range of other poker variations at both entry level and championship level buy-ins mixed in throughout the Championship series.

The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released soon.

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