Crown says exploring avenues for eventual return of “iconic” Aussie Millions

Crown Resorts may not have given up hope of bringing back the Aussie Millions after all. 

Just days after PokerMedia Australia reported on a social media post from Crown Poker claiming it would no longer be running poker tournaments, Crown issued an official statement in which it hinted Australia’s most prestigious poker tournament series might make a comeback at some stage in the future.

“Our highly acclaimed Aussie Millions Poker Championship is an iconic part of poker history and brings some of the world’s most renowned players to Crown Melbourne,” a Crown Melbourne spokesperson told PMA.

“We are continuing to work with a range of stakeholders on new ways to bring the global poker community together and look forward to sharing more on the Aussie Millions soon.”

However, it also confirmed that, “As a result of the ongoing discussions, Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship has been postponed for the time being.”

The Aussie Millions, a staple of the Australian poker scene since 1998, was last held in early 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic and crippling regulatory issues have prevented its return for the past three years.

Following the damning findings of a high-profile Royal Commission into its operations – which ultimately saw Crown deemed unsuitable to retain its casino license – Crown Melbourne now finds itself under the control of an independent monitor while the company’s new-look senior management team works to bring it back to suitability.

Crown Poker also faces the unique challenges brought about the by the new “12-hour rule” which restricts individuals to a maximum of 12 hours per day on the casino floor and no more than 36 hours in a 7-day period.

This essentially renders a multi-day event like the Aussie Millions impossible to run under current conditions, however it appears Crown is at least exploring potential options to one day resurrect its most iconic poker brand.

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