Crown Poker has officially announced the 2010 Aussie Millions schedule and with it brings 18 days of action-packed poker that once again is set to cement the Aussie Millions as one of the premier poker tournaments in the world. 20 fantastic events will see the world’s poker elite tangle with online qualifiers, cashed-up locals and even the odd celebrity!
“Crown is announcing an expected first prize of $2.5 million for the No Limit Holdem Main Event which will further entrench Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championships as one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world and gives it the status it deserves on Melbourne’s major events program. Crown’s Aussie Millions is now sharing the limelight with some of Victoria’s other major events including the Melbourne Cup at $3.3 million, Australian Open at $2 million, and the AFL Grand Final at $1 million in prize money,” said Crown’s Chief Executive Officer Mr David Courtney.
Australia is well and truly part of the global poker frenzy, with local events continuing to buck the trend of tough economic times, as huge fields are once again expected to hit the felt for their share of the Aussie Millions $20 million prize pools.
“Huge growth in the number of overall participants is expected, reflecting the increasing popularity of the game locally and internationally with an estimated 2,500 individual entrants set to participate in the two and a half week series, including 1,000 in the No Limit Holdem Main Event,” said Mr Courtney.
Players are also expected to head down under from countries all around the world including the United States, England, Ireland, South Africa, Scandinavia, Canada and Russia. Some of the famous faces that were a part of the Aussie Millions last year included Jennifer Tilly, Michael Vartan , Brian McFadden and Shannon Elizabeth, while local stars Shane Warne, Ruby Rose, Michael Klim, Brendan Fevola, Luke Hodge and Chris Chronis also made appearances on the felt.
Winning the Aussie Millions Main Event brings with it instant fame and fortune, as the event is filmed to be broadcast to an international television audience. Last year, Stewart Scott overcame a field of 681 players to claim the $2 million first place prize. It was the largest ever prize awarded in a live poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere as Scott became the first local to win the major Australian championship. He’ll be back once again this year to defend his title! Will you be joining him? Aussie Millions satellites are underway now!
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