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Crown Resorts’ further cements its position as a leader in service excellence with the admittance of Crown Towers Melbourne’s Concierge Attendant, Luis Barra Garcia, into the Australian chapter of the international organisation of hotel Concierge – Les Clefs d’Or. 
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Luis joins Les Clefs d’Or’s 17 Victorian members, including Crown’s other formally recognised Les Clefs d’Or member Ashleigh MacDonald, the only female member in Australia. 

Les Clefs d’Or was established in 1952, with the Australian national chapter established in 1981. The organisation awards new members with the gold crossed keys, an honour reserved for a highly select number of service professionals who continually demonstrate the highest level of care for their guests. The distinctive gold keys worn on the lapel of Les Clefs d'Or members are recognised by travelers around the world and identify the bearer as a true professional in their chosen career. Each member of the Society strives to consistently provide the most caring, attentive service to their guests, and to work in a manner reflective of Les Clefs d’Or’s motto, "In Service through Friendship."
To be accepted into Les Clefs d’Or, Luis was required to demonstrate commitment to the continual improvement of service standards and to recognise the valuable role he plays in maintaining Australia’s reputation as a desirable destination for travellers.

Peter Crinis, Chief Operating Officer – Crown Hotels and Food & Beverage, said “this is a great honour for both Mr. Barra Garcia and Crown. We are thrilled that Luis’ high level of professionalism and excellence has been recognised by Les Clefs d’Or, and feel privileged to have Luis as a part of our team here at Crown Melbourne.”
Luis commenced his career in concierge at Crown in June 2015 and this recognition highlights the exceptional service he provides guests on a daily basis and reflects his unwavering passion for the hotel industry.
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Asia-Pacific’s richest and most prestigious poker series will run from Wednesday 11 January to Monday 30 January 2017 at Crown Melbourne, Australia. ‘Main Event’ begins Sunday 22 January 2017.
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MELBOURNE, Australia. Friday 1 July 2016. Crown Melbourne has today announced the 2017 Aussie Millions Poker Championship schedule running from Wednesday 11 January to Monday 30 January.

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.

With a reputation that ranks alongside the world’s elite, the Crown’s Aussie Millions is the marquee event on the Asia-Pacific poker calendar. Since its inception in 1998, the Aussie Millions has grown into a major stop on the international poker circuit and is attended by the majority of the world’s greatest players.

Crown Melbourne’s Tournament Director Joel Williams said “Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship continues to absolutely stamp itself on the global ‘must-attend’ list for both recreational players and seasoned pros alike. With a schedule now featuring 26 official Championship events, 2017 looms as one of the biggest years yet”.

Every year in excess of 6,000 players from all across the world descend on Melbourne for the three week poker festival - all with hopes of taking home part of the estimated AUD$30 million total prize pool that’s generated each year.

There are few tournaments in the world that offer the kind of prize pools that the Aussie Millions delivers each year and in 2017 the schedule will consist of 26 separate poker events with buy-ins ranging from AUD$1,150 to AUD$250,000. A comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular variations will be on offer and a total of 25 coveted Aussie Millions ‘Championship Rings’ will be awarded to each event winner.

The winner of the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ will not only walk away with an estimated AUD$1.6 million first prize, but also the coveted ‘Main Event’ Champion bracelet valued at over AUD$25,000.

The Aussie Millions has always been known for its prestigious events and huge prize pools. It was the first Championship in the world to introduce a six figure buy-in, and the first again to raise the stakes to AUD$250,000. All High Stakes events return in 2017, with the $25,000, $100,000 & $250,000 Challenges assuring the world’s best (and richest) players will make the journey Down Under.

The Asia-Pacific’s longest-running poker tournament, reaches its pinnacle with the commencement of the highly anticipated $10,600 buy-in Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’. The Main Event will run over eight consecutive days from Sunday 22 January - Sunday 29 January 2017, and will feature three starting flights; Flight 1 - Sunday 22 January, Flight 2 - Monday 23 January and Flight 3 - Tuesday 24 January.

The expected prize-pools provide a substantial incentive to attend and, in addition, each winner will receive a ‘Championship Ring’. While the entry fees may sit outside the budget of some players, countless satellite opportunities exist throughout the year and during the event itself, offering players the chance to win a seat in the 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.

The prestigious Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ prize pool is comparable with some of Australia’s major sporting events including the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and the AFL Grand Final.

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Natasha Stipanov
Corporate Affairs
Crown Resorts Limited
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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.

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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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Natasha Stipanov
Corporate Affairs
Crown Resorts Limited
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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 – 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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