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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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CROWN’S 2016 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON TWITCH.TV IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JASON SOMERVILLE - 22 December 2015
Asia-Pacific’s richest and most prestigious poker series to be live via poker professional Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account from Sunday 24 January to Monday 1 February 2016.
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MELBOURNE, Australia. Tuesday 22 December 2016. Crown Melbourne has today announced Jason Somerville’s Twitch.tv account as the exclusive broadcast partner for the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship.

With a reputation that ranks it alongside the highly-acclaimed World Series of Poker, the Aussie Millions is the marquee event on the Asian-Pacific poker calendar. Since its inception in 1998, the tournament has grown into a major stop on the international poker circuit for the world’s greatest poker players.

Twitch.tv, the world's fasting-growing social video platform with more than 100 million members, will offer a unique and interactive Aussie Millions viewing experience for poker enthusiasts everywhere. Somerville will be streaming the 2016 Aussie Millions exclusively through his channel on Twitch.tv from Sunday 24 January to Monday 1 February 2016.

Crown Melbourne’s Chief Operating Officer, Xavier Walsh, said “In 2016 Crown Melbourne made the decision to extend the global reach of the Aussie Millions and make the tournament accessible to poker enthusiasts where they consume poker the most.

“We are committed to providing the most dynamic, compelling and relevant coverage possible, and it was crucial to extend the digital footprint to a new phase whilst including new channels in the social media space, namely Twitch.tv, allowing the world to enjoy the action as it happens”, Mr Walsh said.

Jason Somerville said ‘I’m extremely excited to be teaming up with Crown Melbourne and PokerStars to bring the 2016 Aussie Millions to poker fans around the globe. The Aussie Millions is a marquee event on the international poker calendar and this year. I am honoured to play a part in showcasing the action as the Aussie Millions transitions exclusively into a live streamed online broadcast.

“I am eager to help pioneer a modern poker broadcast that will not only showcase Crown Melbourne as the premiere poker destination that it is, but also highlight live streaming, an unparalleled platform in delivering engaging and compelling content to fans of the game we love.”
 

Event: Crown’s 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
Event Dates: Wednesday 13 January to Monday 1 February 2016
Twitch.tv Dates: Sunday 24 January to Monday 1 February 2016
Location: The Crown Poker Room (Level B2, Crown Entertainment Complex)
Media Accreditation: Register your interest via http://www.aussiemillions.com/media-accreditation
Website: www.aussiemillions.com | www.crownpoker.com.au
Twitter / Facebook: @crownpoker
Hashtags: #crownpoker #aussiemillions #crownmelbourne

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ABOUT TWITCH.TV
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.5 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. For more information visit the Twitch website and the blog.

By the Numbers:
  • 100+ million unique viewers per month
  • 1.7+ million unique broadcasters per month
  • 12,000+ members of the Twitch Partner Program
  • 106 minutes watched per person per day
  • 2+ million peak concurrent sitewide viewers
ABOUT AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
Hosted by Crown Melbourne, one of the world’s leading integrated entertainment resorts, the Aussie Millions transforms Crown into a mecca of the poker world during the peak of the Australian Summer.

Crown Melbourne’s Tournament Director, Joel Williams, said “Crown Melbourne’s Aussie Millions continues to be seen as a ‘must-attend’ on the global poker tour among both recreational players and seasoned pros alike. With a schedule featuring 24 official championship events, 2016 looms as one of the biggest events yet”.

There are few tournaments in the world that offer the kinds of prize pools that the Aussie Millions delivers each year, and in 2016 the schedule will comprise of 24 separate poker events with buy-ins ranging from AUD$1,150 to AUD$250,000. The comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular variations will be on offer and a total of 23 coveted Aussie Millions LK Boutique ‘Championship Rings’ will be awarded to each event winner.

The prize pools provide a substantial incentive to travel and, in addition, each winner will receive a ‘Championship Ring’ for 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 itself, offering players the chance to win a place in the coveted Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ for a fraction of the AUD$10,600 entry fee.

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. In terms of prize money, the prestigious Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ shares the limelight with some of Australia’s other major events including the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and the AFL Grand Final.

ABOUT CROWN MELBOURNE
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.

Crown Resorts Launches the CROWNability Action Plan Recognising International Day of People with Disability - 02 December 2015
Crown Resorts (Crown) will proudly launch its first national disability action plan tomorrow, coinciding with the International Day of People with Disability held every year on the 3rd of December. 
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Rowen Craigie, Crown Resorts CEO, said “Crown aspires to become a leader in transforming attitudes towards disability in workplaces and the broader community.
 
The CROWNability Action Plan (CAP) will be launched with the assistance of Paralympian and Crown disability employment ambassador Kurt Fearnley who will join employees and leading organisations in the disability employment sector for breakfast at Crown College, Crown’s dedicated training facility.

“Working with our employees and our partners in the disability employment sector has allowed Crown to build an inclusive workplace, helping more than 90 people build a meaningful career that is matched to their abilities at our resorts.
 
“The CROWNability Action Plan will help our organisation realise our goal by setting clear and measureable objectives.”
 
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