Chasing the Endless Summer of Poker: Aussie Millions and PCA

Posted at 20:57 2008-12-18
As we roll into 2009 the poker world is going to be hit with a huge dilemma . . . or is it? Poker players from around the world are going to have the chance to chase and endless of Summer of poker;  head to the Caribbean to play in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and then venture Down Under to Melbourne to participate in the Aussie Millions.
Both are great events based at either end of the globe and the following is a comparison between the two as they kick off the 2009 poker year with a BANG!
The Aussie Millions is held at Crown Casino during the middle of Melbourne’s summer.
Surrounded by the beautiful settings of the Bahamas, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is staged at the Atlantis Resort and Casino.
Aussie Millions + 1
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure + 1
Extra Activities
Melbourne also plays host to the Australian Open Tennis Tournament from January 19th to February 1st which has become a hit for poker professionals being able to catch a glimpse of the worldwide tennis stars competing in one of the four grand slams of the year.
Being located in the Bahamas, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is well suited for the water-friendly with plenty of water-based attractions such as snorkelling, dives, pools, water parks and beautiful beaches.
Aussie Millions + 2
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure + 2
Major Sponsor
Full Tilt opted not to continue their relationship with the Aussie Millions after a strong showing over the past few years. While the Aussie Millions have yet to sign a major sponsor, a wide range of independent online sites are offering packages including Bwin, who are sending the most numbers out to Melbourne, 888 Poker and even PokerStars.
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is a European Poker Tour sponsored tournament with players being able to qualify online at PokerStars for as little as $2 or by using their Frequent Player Points.
Aussie Millions + 2
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure + 3
There will be a total of 18 championship events that take place over the 23-day poker extravaganza during the 2009 Aussie Millions from the 4th to the 26th of January. The impressive line-up of events include a handful of Pre-Championship Satellites (4th-8th January), PokerPro, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot Limit Omaha, Limit and No-Limit Holdem, 6-handed, H.O.R.S.E, Rebuys, Feature event with Bounties, $100,000 Challenge, 2-Card Manila and the Main Event.
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will take place from the 5th to the 10th of January and will include the Main Event, $25,000 High Roller Event and a $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000 No Limit Holdem Tournament.
Aussie Millions + 3
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure + 3
Main Event Structure
The Aussie Millions Main Event has undergone some changes for 2009. The blinds and starting stack are predominately the same with a 20,000 bank and standard increases. The duration of day one’s will be 90 minutes, while from day two onwards play will be increased to 120 minutes with play moving to eight-handed as soon as possible.
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event will follow the Aussie Millions structure apart from the level length being 75 minutes for the duration of the tournament with play moving to nine-handed as soon as possible.
Aussie Millions + 4
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure + 3
Tournament Highlights
The big attraction for the 2009 Aussie Millions for both the pros and TV audience is the AUD$1million buy-in cash game. Crown is tight-lipped on the line-up, but all that we know is that there will be some elite pros participating along with a few high-stakes gamblers. Filmed over one night and aired by FSN from mid-2009, this event is generating a lot of buzz following the success of smaller versions over the past two years.
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is featuring a US$25,000 High Roller Event which is sure to draw the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and many more. The only downside to this event is that it has limited seating of 40 and is being played on Day 2 of the Main Event.
Aussie Millions + 5
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure + 3
Final Outcome
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure schedule is short but timed so that pros and novices alike can venture down to Melbourne to catch all the world-class action taking place in the Las Vegas Room without ever missing a beat.
With a busy three-week schedule featuring a comprehensive array of tournaments in every major poker variation, the 2009 Aussie Millions will replicate a mini-World Series ranking as the fifth largest tournament in the world and the longest running in the Southern Hemisphere since its commencement in 1998.
Following a year where Alexander Kostritsyn took home the coveted trophy and AUD$1,650,000 in prize money, the 2009 Aussie Millions will pass all expectations with a guaranteed AUD$2 million first place prize and huge support from the local poker community as well as the expected 400-plus international visitors.
To catch every flop, rebuy, outdraw and bust-out from all the 18 Championship events, make sure to log onto PokerNews.com from the 4th – 26th January where all the action will be brought to you live from the Las Vegas Room for the duration of the 2009 Aussie Millions.


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