The countdown to the most exciting time in Australian poker is now upon us. The Crown Casino in Melbourne today announced the full schedule for the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. The action will commence in the heat of Melbourne's summer on Thursday 17 January and will conclude Sunday 3 February. Over the course of that period the Crown will host a whopping 26 Championship Events with each winner earning a prestigious Aussie Millions Championship Ring.
With buy-ins ranging from just AUD$500 to an absolutely astounding Super High Roller AUD$250,000 there is something there for everyone. In addition, as ever the Crown will be running regular satellites to events so those with smaller bankrolls can set their sites on winning a seat in one of those to gain entry to the biggest poker series in the country. Of course, the legendary Crown cash games will be running round the clock during the festival and with the high rollers in town there will be some serious nosebleed high stakes action.
Two of the highlights from the schedule will be the AUD$100,000 and AUD$250,000 Challenges. Last year the $100k attracted 22 entrants and it was American player Dan Smith who took home $1.012 million for his victory with Australia's Joe Hachem and Tony G also making the money. The $250k brought out 16 runners to create a $4 million prize-pool, the final four left standing was a poker dream; Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Patrick Antonius and Phil Ivey. When all was said and done it was Negreanu who bubbled with Ivey taking home the $2 million first place prize. This year the high roller tournaments promise to be even bigger and with more wealthy businessmen from Asia expected to participate as this time the event doesn't clash with the Chinese New Year. And talking of Chinese, the Crown have only spread a Chinese Poker tournament in the middle of the schedule!
The festival truly has something for everyone and the spread of events includes No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, Rebuy events, Bounty events, 6-max, the popular mix-max structure and Turbo events. There is always an unique buzz around the opening event and it will have three starting flights with players able to re-enter, if they bust, during the next starting flight. The event will be $1,100 No Limit Hold'em and last year it generated a AUD$946,000 prize-pool which well known Australian pro Brendon Rubie took down for a cool $200,000. But as ever the main focus will be $10,600 Aussie Millions Main Event. The event which attracts entries from all corners of the globe began in 1998 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Last year the event had a $6.59 million prize-pool and Oliver Speidel took it down to keep the cash on Australian soil.
January is a very exciting time to be in Melbourne with the Australian Open Tennis rocking into the city but for many the main source of entertainment is 15 minutes away on the banks of the River Yarra at the Crown Casino Poker Room. The largest room outside of North America will once again be the scene of massive prize-pools and eye-watering pots this summer. Once again the Aussie Millions will roll into town and stayed tuned to PokerNetwork for all the build up from now until January!
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