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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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Natasha Stipanov
Corporate Affairs
Crown Resorts Limited
T. +61 3 9292 8671
Email: natasha.stipanov@crownresorts.com.au

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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Natasha Stipanov
Corporate Affairs
Crown Resorts Limited
T. +61 3 9292 8671
E. natasha.stipanov@crownresorts.com.au

Crown College wins Victorian Training Awards for third consecutive year, entering ‘Hall of Fame’ for Tourism Training Excellence - 17 November 2015
Crown College is the proud recipient of this year’s Gold award at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards for ‘Tourism Education and Training’ for the third consecutive year. To recognise this major achievement Crown College has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Tourism Education and Training.
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Crown Resorts Chief Executive Officer, Rowen Craigie, said today “Training our employees has always been a priority for Crown, and for this reason we have heavily invested in Crown College and our dedicated team of trainers. It is great to be recognised again for our contribution to training and to be honoured as a member of the Hall of Fame”.

The Victorian Tourism Awards is the premier tourism awards program in the state and is backed by Tourism Victoria, Victoria Tourism Industry Council, RACV, and Tourism Australia. Crown College’s entry highlighted the range of unique and customised programs that are available to employees from frontline level to
management level, and the ways in which Crown College ensures that employees find the programs inclusive, relevant and engaging. Many of the programs are aligned to nationally recognised qualifications in tourism, hospitality or management, which means employees can gain a qualification by successfully completing the programs at work.

Congratulations to the Learning & Development team for their continuous hard work, and thank you to all employees for your commitment to making Crown Melbourne a fantastic place to work!

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WILKINSON EYRE WINNER OF INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION FOR PROPOSED NEW SIXSTAR HOTEL AND RESIDENTIAL TOWER PRECINCT - 19 October 2015
MELBOURNE: Crown Resorts Limited (ASX: CWN) and its joint venture partner, Schiavello Group,
announced today that award winning British architects, Wilkinson Eyre had won the contest to design the
proposed new Queensbridge Hotel Tower and precinct to be located in Melbourne’s Southbank area.
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Crown and Schiavello conducted a global design competition which resulted in five architecture firms being
shortlisted – Wilkinson Eyre, Bates Smart, Hassell, Foster + Partners and Jean Nouvel. The competition jury
selected the proposed design from Wilkinson Eyre as the best proposal for the site and were unanimous in
their decision.

Situated in one of Melbourne’s premier living and leisure destinations and one of Australia’s prime hosting
areas for international meetings and events, the proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower will comprise a
388room, luxury six–star hotel and approximately 680 apartments. The hotel will feature a truly unique special
event space and a publicly accessible restaurant, lounge and garden terrace at the top of the tower.

The design also provides an active streetscape and public forecourt area with retail outlets and restaurants,
which will become a new amenity for locals and visitors, connecting the ground floor of the building and hotel
to the outdoors area.

In addition to the proposed landmark hotel tower, Crown and Schiavello are also proposing a major upgrade
to Queensbridge Square improving the precinct’s attractiveness for local residents and visitors alike.
With its three Southbank hotels at nearly full capacity (over 90 percent occupancy), the addition of this luxury
hotel will assist Melbourne to meet its future tourist accommodation demands, with Crown being able to offer
over 2,000 guest rooms and suites, upon completion.

This luxury hotel addition coupled with the recently announced expansion of the Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Centre will reinforce the Southbank precinct’s position as Victoria’s leading tourism, meetings,
exhibitions and event destination.

A sculptural pedestrian link will provide hotel guests with all-weather access from the lobby of the new luxury
hotel to the Crown Melbourne Resort. The joining of this prestigious development to the Crown Melbourne
Resort will reinforce Crown’s market leading position in Australia as one of the largest international tourism
and business destinations.

Wilkinson Eyre’s elegant solution for the Queensbridge Hotel Tower will be created by three interlocking
sculptural forms providing a graceful and unique addition to the Melbourne skyline.
Some indicative images of the winning Wilkinson Eyre design are attached.
Crown Resorts Executive Director, James Packer, thanked the judging panel and congratulated Wilkinson

Eyre on their appointment:

"Wilkinson Eyre have designed a beautiful and elegant building that is destined to be an important addition to
the Melbourne skyline. Melbourne just keeps getting better as a city, but we can’t take this success for
granted.”

“A new hotel is the next evolution of Crown Melbourne. I am committed to this city and committed to keeping
Crown Melbourne at the forefront of Australian tourism. A new Crown hotel means more rooms for interstate
and international tourists and that means more jobs for Victorians,” Mr Packer said.

Schiavello Group Chairman, Tony Schiavello thanked all of the participating architects:

“It was a very competitive design process, with some of the world’s and region’s best known architects
involved. The calibre of all five firms in the process shows how special the city of Melbourne is and its’
prominence on the world stage. This site deserves a truly special building and our vision is to create a
landmark building that has international appeal, timeless form and design.”

“We want to create a place that people are proud to call home,” Mr Schiavello said.

Crown Resorts CEO, Rowen Craigie added:

‘‘The new luxury hotel addition to Crown Melbourne will have significant economic and employment benefits
for Victoria with over 3,000 new direct and indirect jobs during construction and over 1,000 new direct and
indirect jobs on an on-going basis after completion. The development will also assist Melbourne in attracting
more high net worth tourists, reinforcing the city’s appeal as a destination for important international
conferences, sporting and cultural events.”

On winning the design competition, Paul Baker, Director Wilkinson Eyre said:

“We approached this project with the ambition to create an elegant and timeless building that will become a
new, world-class landmark against the Melbourne skyline. All across the world we are seeing cities embrace
iconic developments as they vie for their share of international tourists.”

“We are confident that the design of the proposed Hotel and the ’one of a kind’ offerings like the ’Sky Bar’ at
the top of the tower will be ‘must see’ destinations in Melbourne. We are delighted to have been given the
opportunity to design what we believe will be an outstanding addition to the world’s most liveable city,’’ Mr
Baker said.

The proposed Queensbridge Hotel Tower development remains subject to planning approval, project
financing and the finalisation of long form joint venture documentation between Crown and Schiavello.

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Natasha Stipanov – Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager – 03 9292 7223 or
natasha.stipanov@crownresorts.com.au

About Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, twice winners of both the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize and the RIBA Lubetkin
Prize, is one of the UK’s leading architecture practices. Its portfolio of bold, beautiful, intelligent architecture
includes the Guangzhou International Finance Center, the giant cooled conservatories for Gardens by the
Bay in Singapore; the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, the acclaimed temporary structure of the London
2012 Basketball Arena and the recently completed Weston Library in Oxford and Wellcome Collection in
London.

The Queensbridge project is a prestigious addition to the practice’s international experience and portfolio of
tall buildings and is currently working on super tall high-rise projects in Sydney, Toronto, New York, and
London.

Current projects include the restoration of Battersea Power Station, and the King’s Cross Gasholders in
London and Crown Sydney in Australia.

www.wilkinsoneyre.com

DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL OPENS AT CROWN RESORTS MELBOURNE 20TH OCTOBER 2015 - 14 October 2015
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the chef’s award winning London restaurant, will open a second establishment in Melbourne 20th October 2015.  The opening will mark Heston’s first permanent restaurant outside of the UK.
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Located on the third floor of Crown Towers Hotel, the 120 capacity restaurant overlooks the city across the Yarra River. The menu offers contemporary dishes inspired by historic British gastronomy dating back to the 1300’s. 
 
Blumenthal’s fascination with history and gastronomy was triggered back in the late 90’s after reading a 15-century manuscript known as The Vivendier.  The book spoke of a dining experience full of playfulness and theatre, as well as intriguing ingredients and recipes.  What started as an exercise in curiosity triggered almost 20 years of research and discovery, with historic inspired dishes appearing on the menus of both The Fat Duck restaurant and Hinds Head pub. When the opportunity arose to open a restaurant in London the idea of ‘Dinner’ began to emerge and in January 2011 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opened its doors. Alongside Ashley Palmer-Watts, the two chefs created a menu inspired by the tastes and flavours of Britain, from the farmers’ table to the royal courts, offering a contemporary gastronomic insight from Medieval c.1300 to Victorian c.1800. The Restaurant achieved great recognition including 2 Michelin stars, a rare accolade for an establishment of this size.  Now almost 5 years later and in a country that has become very personal to Heston, ‘Dinner’ will open its second home and begin an exciting new journey.
 
Seating 120 guests, the restaurant will be located on the 3rd floor of Crown Towers in the space vacated by The Fat Duck, and will serve dinner 7 days a week and lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. The history and modernity combines in the open kitchen, where the past meets hi-tech and guests can watch the chef brigade prepare, using the latest kitchen technology alongside historic pulley operated spit roasts. Located inside the kitchen, the chef’s table allows up to 6 guests to interact direct with the team, whilst enjoying an exclusive tasting menu served by the head chef. The private room, which offers dining for up to 10 guests, enjoys clear views of the kitchen, the Yarra River and Melbourne’s CBD.
 
The Menu, inspired by historic British gastronomy, does not replicate dishes from the past but rather uses historic elements in the creation of brand new modern dishes.  Some are heavily influenced like Rice & Flesh (c.1390) and Frumenty (c.1390) while others Black Angus Rib eye have the addition of the original mushroom ketchup (c.1830).  In the creation of the Dinner by Heston menu the chefs worked with food historian Ivan Day, the kitchens of King Henry the VIII at Hampton Court Palace and drew reference from the historic collection of literature at the British Library. However the menu at Dinner by Heston in Melbourne uses these dishes as a framework to celebrate Australian ingredients and introduces historic Australian dishes too, like the The Lamington Cake (c.1900)
 
The bar, exclusively for guests of the restaurant, also marries ancient and modern. In collaboration with Barman Tony Conigliaro, a bespoke collection of cocktails has been created, each with a unique historic reference and representing the history between Britain and Australia.
 
Guests enter the restaurant through a 20-meter dark wood corridor that has its own aroma based on the notes of damp moss, wood smoke and leather.  The room designed by Australian company Bates Smart, creates a rustic yet elegant atmosphere using rich natural materials such as wood, leather and iron.  The Tudor Rose chandeliers in London inspire the ceiling pattern and the walls are decorated with custom-made porcelain Victorian jelly moulds.  The chef’s table is surrounded by an original illustration by English artist Dave McKean, whilst the room will display historic inspired sculptures commissioned by Australian artist David Bromley.  The rich palette of the “old masters” photography of Romas Foord, from the book ‘Historic Heston’, is not only featured in the room but also inspired the colour palette for the soft furnishings. A mechanical moving art piece by UK artist Robert Higgs, is located in the heart of the dining room and pays homage to the watchmakers of Greenwich, who created the mechanical pulley systems for the Royal Courts of England spit roasts.
 
Reservations for the restaurant open on-line www.dinnerbyheston.com.au on Tuesday 20th October. 
 
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Notes to Editor
 
In February 2015 Heston Blumenthal promised those guests who applied for a table at The Fat Duck but were unsuccessful, that they would have an early booking opportunity for the opening of his permanent restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. He has honoured that promise and the response has been very positive. The 20th October sees not only the opening of the restaurant but also the opening of reservations for all guests. We encourage guests to keep an eye on our website booking system for regular updates regarding availability.
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Monica Brown
monica@lotuscommunications.com.au
(+61) 0439 289 759   or
 
Samara McRae
samara@lotuscommunications.com.au
(+61) 0490 161 083
 
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