Crown Melbourne has 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, January 17 at 6.15pm, with the first Aussie Millions event the AUD $1100 No Limit Hold’em.
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 Aussie Millions Championship Rings will be awarded to each of the 26 event winners.
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 among 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 4000 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 2003, 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,” Hansen said.
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 more than 70 premium poker tables.
On Sunday, January 20, Crown will also 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 icon Joe Hachem and Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne, the event will raise much-needed funds for seriously ill and underprivileged children throughout Australia for The Shane Warne Foundation. Players are encouraged to secure their seats early at www.tswf.com.au.
The coveted Aussie Millions Main Event (AUD $10,600 No Limit Hold’em) is the grandest spectacle of all poker events and will garner the majority of the media coverage. The Main Event, which begins on Sunday, January 27 will reach, the final table on Saturday, February 2.
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 best known 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.
2013 Aussie Millions schedule
January 17 (6.15pm) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em day 1 flight 1
January 18 (12.30pm) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em day 1 flight 2 (repechage)
January 19 (12.30pm) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em day 1 flight 3 (repechage)
January 20 (12.30pm) Event 1: $1100 No Limit Hold’em day 2
January 20 (2.30pm) Special Event: $1000 Joe Hachem & Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament
January 21 (12.30pm) Event 2: $1100 Pot Limit Omaha
January 22 (12.30pm) Event 3: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
January 23 (12.30pm) Event 4: $1100 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha
January 24 (12.30pm) Event 5: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
January 25 (12.30pm) Event 6: $1150 No Limit Hold’em w/ $1000 Rebuys
January 26 (12.30pm) Event 7: $1650 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Event
January 27 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 1 flight 1
January 27 (2.15pm) Event 9: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Teams Event
January 27 (2.30pm) Event 10: $100,000 Hold’em Challenge
January 27 (6.15pm) Event 11: $2500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
January 28 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 1 flight 2
January 28 (2.15pm) Event 12: $1100 No Limit Hold’em Mix Max
January 28 (6.15pm) Event 13: $5000 Chinese Poker
January 29 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 1 flight 3
January 29 (2.15pm) Event 14 $1100 No Limit Hold’em Terminator
January 29 (6.15pm) Event 15: $2500 H.O.R.S.E.
January 30 (12.15pm) Event 16: $1100 No Limit Hold’em
January 30 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 2
January 30 (6.15pm) Event 17: $2500 Pot Limit Omaha
January 31 (12.15pm) Event 18 $550 Australian Poker Hall Of Fame Classic
January 31 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 3
January 31 (6.15pm) Event 19: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Mix Max
February 1 (12.15pm) Event 20: $2500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max
February 1 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 4
February 1 (2.15pm) Event 21: $250,000 Challenge
February 1 (6.15pm) Event 22: $5000 8-Game Mixed Event
February 2 (12.15pm) Event 23: $600 Turbo No Limit Hold’em Cubed w/ one $500 rebuy & add-on
February 2 (12.30pm) Event 8: $10,600 No Limit Hold’em Main Event final table
February 2 (2.15pm) Event 24: $25,000 Challenge
February 2 (6.15pm) Event 25: $1100 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
February 3 (2.15pm) Event 26: $5000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em Six-Max