The 2009 Aussie Millions unofficially kicked off today with the $550 Opening Event Semi-Satellite drawing another huge field to the Crown Casino in Melbourne. The excitement and the anticipation is building, as over the next few weeks, poker players from far and wide start to roll into town to participate in the largest poker tournament in the southern hemisphere!
Following a stellar championship series in 2008 that featured over 2,000 individual entrants from over 400 countries, 2009 is looking to eclipse that mark. Satellites have been running consistently in the Crown Poker Room over the last few weeks, while online interest has been very promising as the 2009 Aussie Millions sets the bar high with an estimated AU$8million prize pool and AU$2million first place prize!
There will be 18 championship events that take place over the 23 day poker extravaganza in the Las Vegas Room at the Crown Casino with the first Championship event commencing on Friday January 9th. The impressive lineup of events include various tournaments such as a handful of Pre-Championship Satellites (4th-8th January), H.O.R.S.E, Feature Bounty Event, Heads Up Championship, $100,000 High Rollers Challenge and the $10,500 Main Event.
Everyone from international poker professionals such as Joe Hachem, Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Mike Sexton and Kenna James, to many lesser known amateurs will be looking to replicate the feats of 22-year old Russian Alexander Kostritsyn who took out the 2008 Main Event for AU$1.65 million.
With more opportunities than ever before, your shot at glory and dreams of being crowned Champion await you at the turn of a card and the shuffle of chips from the 4th to the 26th of January in the Crown Poker Room.
To catch every flop, rebuy and bust-out from all the 18 Championship events make sure to log onto PokerNews who will be reporting live from the tournament floor for the duration of the Championships while PokerNetwork will continue to provide daily recaps, articles and video interviews.
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