Aussie Millions future in doubt as Crown Melbourne says no more poker tournaments

The future of Australia’s most prestigious poker tournament series, the Aussie Millions, appears bleak after Crown Poker said tournaments were no longer part of its plans.

Having stayed noticeably silent on its poker plans throughout the COVID-19 and regulatory woes that have plagued Crown Melbourne in recent years, the Crown Poker media team briefly came up for air late last week following a request on its facebook page for updates on tournament poker.

In a short response, Crown Poker said, “Poker tournaments will no longer be running at Crown.”

PokerMedia Australia has reached out to Crown for further comment but has received no reply.

It remains unclear exactly what this means for the long-term future of the Aussie Millions, which was last held in early 2020, however it is clear that no tournament series will be held at Crown Melbourne for the foreseeable future.

The disappointing news comes with Crown Melbourne currently under the control of an independent monitor after a Royal Commission found Crown Resorts unsuitable to retain its Victorian casino license. 

With the Board of Directors and senior management having since been cleaned out, former Wynn Macau executive Ciarán Carruthers has since been appointed as Crown Resorts’ new CEO with his primary objective being to bring Crown back to suitability.  

It is unlikely that Crown Poker will itself be refreshed, or the prospect of tournaments returning even considered, until Crown returns to suitability and has its casino license reinstated in the years ahead.

The issue of Crown Poker’s future is discussed in depth by the PMA team in our maiden edition of “Run it Out”.

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