Asia-Pacific’s richest and most prestigious poker series to run from Thursday 17 January to Sunday 3 February 2013 at Crown Melbourne.
Main Event Championship Begins Sunday 27 January 2013
MELBOURNE, Australia. Friday 15 June 2012. Crown Melbourne has today announced the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship schedule.
Hosted by Crown, one of the world’s leading integrated entertainment resorts, the 2013 Aussie Millions will officially commence on Thursday 17 January 2013 at 6:15pm, with the first Aussie Millions event the AUD$1,100 No Limit Holdem.
The Aussie Millions is a festival of poker, with 26 separate poker events with buy-ins ranging from AUD$500 to AUD$250,000. The comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular variations will be on offer and a total of 26 coveted Aussie Millions ‘Championship Rings’ will be awarded to each event winner.
Crown’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Hawkins said “As one of the only remaining independent events on the international poker circuit, the Aussie Millions has effectively become one of the top four poker majors and a favourite amongst some of the most renowned players in the world.”
With a reputation that ranks it alongside the highly acclaimed World Series of Poker (WSOP), Crown will transform into a mecca of the poker world for the Aussie Millions, during the peak of the Australian Summer and host an anticipated 4,000 guests from around the globe, all vying for a slice of the anticipated AUD$20,000,000 plus prize pool.
The prize pools provide a substantial incentive to travel and each winner will also receive a ‘Championship Ring’ as a memento of 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, offering players the chance to win a place in the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ itself for a fraction of the AUD$10,600 entry fee.
The annual poker tradition, which dates back to 1998, has become a must-visit tournament for global poker players including revered players like 2007 Aussie Millions Champion, Gus Hansen. “It’s the place I keep coming back to, for the poker, the Australian Open tennis, the atmosphere, the staff and the Australian people. The exquisite effort by Crown to make it a great event for the novice, the aspiring amateur and the high-stakes pro keeps you coming back time after time.” said Hansen.
The Aussie Millions also has major high-stakes cash-game action in the Poker Room, the newly created ultra-lounge ‘Club 23’ and the prestigious Mahogany Room. The Crown Poker Room is one of the most prestigious poker venues in the world and is the largest outside Northern America, consisting of over 70 premium poker tables.
On Sunday 20 January 2013, Crown will play host to what has become renowned as the most high profile poker fundraising event in the country ‘The Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament’. Created by poker king, Joe Hachem, and Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne, the day will raise much needed funds for seriously ill and underprivileged children throughout Australia for The Shane Warne Foundation. Potential players are encouraged to secure their seats early at www.tswf.com.au.
The coveted Aussie Millions Main Event (AUD$10,600, No-Limit Holdem), is the grandest spectacle of all poker events and will garner the majority of the media coverage. The Main Event which begins on Sunday 27 January will reach its Final Table on Saturday 2 February.
In terms of prize money, the prestigious Aussie Millions Main Event shares the limelight with some of Victoria’s other major events including the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and the AFL Grand Final.
Some of the game’s biggest players will meet head-on with locals, online qualifiers and the odd starlet in order to take home the coveted title of Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ Champion and the estimated first prize of AUD$2,000,000.