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  1. [caption width="640"] Aussie Millions Tournament Director Joel Williams[/caption] Almost 20 years ago a young, inexperienced blackjack dealer went to his first day of work at Crown Casino in Melbourne. Within minutes of his shift starting though, he was already wondering if he’d need to make a career change. “I found myself on a blackjack table at the original Crown Galleria complex with several of my closest 'friends' on the table to wish me well,” said Joel Williams, who now serves as the Crown Casino Tournament Director and oversees the Aussie Millions. “My nerves then led me to dropping all 416 cards onto the casino floor - much to the amusement of those so-called 'friends'.” Despite the first day mishap, Williams has rebounded well. He picked up the eight decks of cards and made it through his first shift at Crown. On Sunday Williams will be the man in charge when the best poker players in the world play in one of the biggest buy-in poker tournaments in the world, the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions. It’s a long way from being a blackjack dealer fumbling his way through a shuffle. “From early 2000 I'd become a poker dealer and within a few years became involved with the training of poker staff, Poker Room Management as well as Tournament Operations,” said Williams. “When the Tournament Director position eventually became available, I jumped at it. The chance to be involved in one of the world's most prestigious poker events was just too good to pass up, and especially at a management level.” Ask players who’ve made the trip to Melbourne to play the Aussie Millions and they’ll tell you it’s a different experience from nearly anything else they’ve ever played. The schedule, with buy-ins from $1,150 all the way up to the $250,000 Challenge, is only part of the equation. “It’s a combination of many things. Melbourne is such a wonderful city this time of year - between the summer weather, the Australian Open Tennis, Chinese New Year as well as all Melbourne has to offer all year round,” said Williams. “Crown prides itself on customer service, and I think the friendly, almost 'laid back' Australian nature is almost always well received by our players.” That’s reflected in the numbers. The 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event drew 732 players – the largest field since 2011 and a 13% jump over the 2015 event. “The employees who make the experiences even better for the players also is a major draw card and we'd obviously like to think that the continued strength of the Aussie Millions playing schedule is a major drawcard as we work very hard to ensure it's the best schedule we can offer for an event of this caliber,” said Williams. And while the casino goes out of their way to cater to players flying from Europe or North America, Crown is at the center of the Australian poker scene and have developed a satellite program meant to give local players a myriad of opportunities to get in – and not just for the Main Event. The program was a huge success this year, with Crown breaking the record for most players qualified via satellite. “Our local satellite campaign is one of my proudest achievements. We are on track to satellite over 300 local players to our Main Event, many of them even qualifying from 'Free to Enter' satellites,” said Williams “As well as this, two new key satellites were added to the schedule: a $2800 satellite to Event 9 $25K Challenge generated six $25K seats as well as adding another of our famous '10 Seat Guarantee' satellites to the calendar.” If you look back at the history of the Aussie Millions and peruse the various tournament schedules each year, you begin to notice a trend. Crown seems to always be creating new tournament formats. They were the first venue to have a six-figure buy-in event on the schedule, they were the first venue to hold an event with a buy-in of $250,000 and they’ve also had shot clock tournaments and Speed Poker. Innovation is a calling card of the Crown Poker Room. “We've never been afraid to try new events and I personally think it's important to keep the schedule new and full of surprises. We claim the 'Accumulator' format as a Crown Poker initiative, and are proud to have led the charge in perfecting the 'Repechage' formats,” said Williams. “As for the 'Shot-Clock' events, I think there's a worldwide trend towards faster action - as displayed by the fact there's even a 'shot-clock' on our $100K Challenge event.” Williams indicated that there are more innovations on the way, including bringing their 10/10/10 format to the Aussie Millions next year. The 10/10/10 format, which first debuted at the Crown in 2014, is a hyper turbo that gives players a 10,000 starting stack with 10 minute levels and a 10 second shot clock. Being the man in charge of what most consider the most prestigious poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere means long days on the property. For three weeks Williams finds himself at Crown for most of the day, and then when the day is over he puts his head down a pillow not his own. While crashing at a hotel might be fun for a bachelor, Williams has a fiance and two kids at home. “I found an eight hour window early in the week that enabled me to visit the family, and they have come into Crown to visit me once throughout the Series,” said Williams. “Just finding the time to clear my head and speak to my two boys makes the next phase of a long series far more manageable.” When the Aussie Millions wraps up on Monday, Williams gets to head home to get back to the day-to-day life of being a father and he’s certainly looking forward to it. “I'd love to say 'hug my kids', but with two boys aged 3 and 5, the reality is 'let my boys jump all over me’,” joked Williams. “I also think my long-suffering partner will be overdue for a rest by that stage, so I'll be sure to try and ease her workload a little too.” Once Wiliams has some down time, plays with his kids and lets his partner enjoy a slower pace, he’s back at Crown getting ready for the 2017 Aussie Millions. “The Aussie Millions is our absolute flagship event for the entire year, and next year's planning commences almost within a week of the previous Aussie Millions concluding,” said Williams. Just this week Crown announced that the 2017 Aussie Millions will run January 11 – 30.
  2. [caption width="640"] The Aussie Millions is a can't miss event on the poker schedule.[/caption] Poker players from all over the world have converged on the Crown Melbourne Resort to participate in the 19th annual Aussie Millions Poker Championship tournament series this week. Highlighted as the marquee event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), this year’s series features 24 events spread over 18 days, with buy-ins ranging from AU$1,150 to AU$250,000. Players are vying for a piece of an estimated AU$30 million prize pool and have the chance to win one of the coveted Aussie Millions LK Boutique championship rings awarded to the winner of each event. While Aussie Millions is now one of the most popular tournaments on the international poker circuit, it has grown from humble beginnings. The Crown Melbourne introduced poker to its casino in 1997, some six years before Chris Moneymaker sparked a worldwide poker boom with his stunning 2003 WSOP Main Event win. In July 1998, the inaugural Crown Australian Poker Championship, which would later be renamed the “Aussie Millions,” was born, boasting a AU$1,000 buy-in Limit Hold‘em main event. The fledgling tournament attracted just 74 entrants and generated a modest prize pool of AU$74,000. Australian Alex Horowitz went on to win the AU$25,900 first-place prize and become the event’s first champion. The following year, organizers decided to switch the main event format to Pot Limit Hold’em, then settled on No Limit Hold‘em for the 2000 iteration. One year later, the tournament was rescheduled to January, but still remained a mostly local affair, with Australians dominating the top nine places nearly every year. In 2003, online poker began to garner mainstream appeal, and interest in No Limit Hold’em was growing worldwide. That year, the main event had 122 entrants, each of whom paid the AU$10,000 buy-in for chance at the AU$1.2 million prize pool. This time, players from three countries populated the leaderboard, with England’s Peter Costa taking first place in the main event for AU$394,807. In 2005, things got serious. The main event boasted a record 263 participants and a hefty AU$2.6 million prize pool, with AU$1 million going to first place. This was the year that the series became a truly international event, with half the field making the overseas trip from Ireland, England, Norway, New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Canada and Lebanon. The following year, the tournament continued to grow almost exponentially, this time attracting 418 players, including big-name pros like Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Australian WSOP champion Joe Hachem. New Zealand’s Lee Nelson took a AU$1.3 million slice of the AU$4.1 million total prize pool for his main event win. The 2006 tournament also saw tournament take a giant leap with the introduction of the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Challenge, the biggest buy-in tournament in the history of poker at the time. Only 10 players participated in the inaugural high stakes event, with John Juanda taking the AU$1 million top prize. While the six-figure buy-in tourney pales in comparison to events like the $1 million Big One for One Drop, the Aussie Millions was clearly a pioneer in the high roller trend. Series organizers have used these high buy-in tournaments to experiment with some unorthodox rules. Aussie Millions is one of the few major tournaments to offer events which enforce a shot clock, in which players are given a period of 30 seconds or less to make their decision. The series also spreads events that feature some interesting quirks, like only allowing pot limit betting pre-flop, and no limit betting post-flop. The reverberations of 2006’s UIGEA legislation had not yet been felt at Asia-Pacific’s most popular tournament series, however, with a record-high 747 participants entering the 2007 main event just months after a number of online operators left the US market. Danish poker legend Gus Hansen prevailed after besting American online poker specialist Jimmy “Gobboboy” Fricke for a AU$1.5 million payday. [caption width="300" align="alignright"] Gus Hansen won the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event[/caption] Hansen later wrote a book called Every Hand Revealed, in which he broke down his thought process on key hands he played during the tournament. To keep track of his playing history, he described using a portable recorder to dictate the details of each hand during breaks. Attendance at the Aussie Millions main event peaked in 2008 when 780 players entered to create a prize pool of AU$7.7 million. Russian grinder Alexander Kostritsyn bested legend Erik Seidel to take first-place and the AU$1.65 million prize, the largest ever awarded at a live tournament in the southern hemisphere at the time. Seidel, for his efforts, took home a consolation prize of AU$1 million. The Crown Melbourne partnered with Fox Sports Net (FSN) to broadcast the 2007 and 2008 main events, introducing the series to a large mainstream audience in the United States. In 2009, Australian Stuart Scott took home a record AU$2 million first-place prize after topping a field of 681 entrants. Likewise, Australian-born David Steicke snagged first place in the AU$100,000 challenge for AU$1.2 million. That year, the casino continued its partnership with FSN, which broadcasted the tournament to 81 million homes. 2010 saw a bump in participation from the previous year, with 746 players in the main event. Sydney’s Tyron Krost won AU$ for beating a final table that included Sorel Mizzi, Peter Jetten and Annette Obrestad. In 2011, Aussie Millions pushed the envelope again by offering a AU$250,000 buy-in super high roller tournament, then the largest on record. The event drew 20 entrants and saw Erik Seidel take first-place for massive AU$2.5 million prize. The biggest story that year may have been the emergence of the “Macau businessmen” from the shadows of cash game lore. Richard Yong, Paul Phua, and Wang Qiang played the Main Event, and both the $100,000 Challenge and the $250,000 Challenge. The Australians were back on top in the 2012 main event, with local Oliver Speidel besting a field of 659 for a AU$1.6 million payday. [caption width="640"] Phil Ivey has made the LK Boutique 0,000 Challenge his own personal playground[/caption] While Speidel was the local hero, 2012 saw the start of Phil Ivey’s extraordinary string of wins in the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge. That year, Ivey bested 16 of the world’s best poker players to take home the AU$2 million first place prize. In 2014, Ivey dominated again, this time topping a field of 30 and taking home an even bigger AU$4 million haul. But the 39-year-old poker pro still wasn’t finished. In 2015, Ivey navigated his way through a field of 25 to win his third LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge crown, along with AU$2.2 million. Between the 2013 and 2014 Aussie Millions, Crown Casino played host to WSOP-APAC and used that tournament to introduce a new tournament format – “The Accumulator”. Players could enter all three flights of the event and accumulate chips each day, combining all remaining stacks before the start of Day 2. The event was then added to the 2014 Aussie Million schedule. The Aussie Millions has developed into one of the most important stops on the global poker circuit. Crown’s willingness to innovate by experimenting with new formats coupled with its bold decision to offer some of the biggest buy-in tournaments in the world has made the series a must-attend event for seasoned poker pros and amateurs alike.
  3. The 2016 Aussie Millions gets underway Wednesday afternoon in Melbourne. Fitting this premier event into an already tight poker calendar gets harder and harder ever year, but the great hosts at Crown Casino have figured it out and are ready to roll. For most of the next 2.5 weeks, the attention of the poker world will be on Melbourne as the world's poker elite make their to Crown to play alongside the best players a poker-crazed Australia has. With that in mind, here are ten things to know about the 2016 Aussie Millions. Nineteen Years and Running This is the 19th Aussie Millions. Held annually at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, the tournament was actually originally called the Australian Poker Champions, but officially became the Aussie Millions in 2003. That first year, 1998, the Main Event was a $1,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em event won by Alex Horowitz. He beat 73 other players and walked away with $25,900. Jam-Packed Schedule This year's schedule includes a total of 24 events with buy-ins ranging from $1,150 all the way up to $250,000. There are 18 events on the schedule that are some form of No Limit Hold'em. The opening event, the $1,150 Repechage, comes with a $1,000,000 guarantee and allows players who bust out of any of the four starting flights to re-enter the event the following day (up to a total of four entries). Other NLHE variants on the schedule include three events with a shot clock and the Accumulator event. Crown will also spread Pot Limit Omaha ($1,150, $2,500, $5,000), Eight-Game Mixed ($2,500), and HORSE ($2,500). There are satellites running each day through January 16 with buy-ins as low as $65. The full schedule is available here. Twitching with Jason Somerville Just last month, Crown announced it had partnered with Jason Somerville and his Run It Up Twitch channel to live stream the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. Somerville will be live on his Twitch channel from January 24 to February 1. "I am eager to help pioneer a modern poker broadcast that will not only showcase Crown Melboune as the premier poker destination that it is, but also highlight live streaming, an unparalleled platform in delivering engaging and compelling content to fans of the game we love," said Somerville. The Main Event Since the "poker boom," the field sizes at the Aussie Millions Main Event have been some of the most consistent for a $10,000 buy-in. In 2005, Jamil Dia beat out a 263-player field, becoming the first Aussie Millions champ to score at least $1,000,000 AU. The next year, the field size jumped more than 50% to 418. That's when things got crazy. In 2007, Gus Hansen beat out 746 other players to win $1,500,000 AU. The next year, Russian sensation Alex Kostritsyn came out on top of the 780-player field – still the largest Main Event field ever - to win $1,650,000 AU. Since Hansen’s big win, the Aussie Millions Main Event has averaged 698 players per year. Last year, Australian Manny Stavropoulos won $1,385,000 for beating out 647 other players. The Main Event hasn't always been won by Australians, though. Going all the way back to the first incarnation of this event in 1998, Australian players have won ten Main Event titles. Two Brits (Peter Costa and Tony Bloom), two Kiwis (Dia and Lee Nelson), a Dane (Hansen), a Russian (Alex Kostritsyn), a Canadian (Ami Barer), and a Malaysian (Mervin Chan) have taken home the Aussie Millions Main Event. An American has never walked away with the Main Event title. The Birthplace of High Roller Tournaments [caption width="320" align="alignleft"] Richard Yong made his first tournament appearance at the Aussie Millions in 2011[/caption] The first stop on a poker tour to ever host regular six-figure buy-in events was the Aussie Millions. The $100,000 Challenge debuted in 2006 and, at the time, was the biggest buy-in poker tournament ever. Ten players entered that first year, with John Juanda taking home the winner-take-all $1,000,000 AU first place prize. Other winners of the event include Howard Lederer (2008), Dan Shak (2010) and Sam Trickett (2011). In 2011, Crown did the unthinkable (at the time) and added the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge. The inaugural event drew 20 players, most notably the debut of the "Macau Businessmen": Richard Yong, Paul Phua, and Wang Qiang. Erik Seidel won the first year, but Phil Ivey won in 2012, 2014, and 2015 for over $6.25 million US in earnings. From Independent to the APPT Until 2014, the Aussie Millions was the biggest unaffiliated poker tournament in the world. That's when it joined forces with the PokerStars-backed Asia-Pacific Poker Tour for the first time. Prior to that, the Aussie Millions had been courted by the biggest tours running including the World Poker Tour and even the short-lived Epic Poker League. Given the size of the Aussie Million and Crown's place in the Asia-Pacific gaming market, the APPT marriage just made sense. "The Aussie Millions is regarded as one of the marquee poker events globally. Aligning with the biggest poker tour in the region, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, will further guarantee the event's success in the coming years," said APPT President Danny McDonagh. Another World-Class Event: The Australian Open Nobody ever plans to bust out of a $10,000 buy-in poker tournament, but if things don't go well, the Aussie Millions has a world-class sporting event just a short boat ride away. The Australian Open tennis championship is the first of four tennis majors on the schedule and it attracts the best tennis players in the world. This year, the event runs for two weeks and actually wraps up a day before the Aussie Millions Main Event. Getting to the event is relatively easy and inexpensive if you're okay getting on a water taxi. The short ride up the Yarra River starts just outside Crown and drops you off at the Rod Laver Arena, where the Australian Open is played. Water taxis will also get you back to the casino once the matches are over. From Five Star to Take Away, Dining Options Are Abound There might not be a casino anywhere in the world that is better prepared than Crown to host poker players and their various dining requirements. The ballers of the poker world – or those who aspire to be seen as one – will find a number of high-end restaurants on property just a short walk from the poker room. Included here is the world-renowned NOBU, featuring all of the Japanese culinary delights you'd expect, and Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar, which features Australian-inspired cuisine. For those on a tighter budget, there is the Sho Noodle Bar, which specializes in, you guessed it, noodles and Dim Sum. Those looking for possibly the best hamburgers in the Southern Hemisphere should try The Merrywell and their signature burger, The Merrywell. If you're feeling adventurous, maybe give the Oz Burger a shot – it comes with pickled beets. And lastly, if you're in an absolute hurry and hoping for cheap eats, the food court at Crown has something for everybody: noodles, sushi, curries, sandwiches, pizza. It's all there and just two short escalator rides from the poker room. It's Summer Time There While the Northern Hemisphere is locked down in the doldrums of winter, Melbourne is in the middle of summer. Temperatures outside can get as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that if you bust out of any tournament or otherwise get a day off, you can head into Downtown Melbourne and seek out some of the things that are best enjoyed during nice days. The Queen Victoria Night Market runs every Wednesday from 5:00 pm and has handcrafted items from local artists as well as some of the more unique (and inexpensive) food around. If you're looking to enjoy a sporting event with more local flair, check out the Big Bash League. It's professional cricket with a few rules twists meant to speed up the game. The BBL playoffs are right around the corner, with the semifinals running January 21 and 22 and the Big Final running January 24. Mariah Carey Might Be There. Might Not. Celebrity sighting at the Aussie Millions is nothing new, but things could go to a new level this year. It seems that Mariah Carey is dating James Packer, the billionaire owner of Crown Resorts. The pair have only been an item for six months, but if 1990s divas are your thing, keep an eye out.
  4. The 2019 Aussie Millions recently wrapped up, and it was another record-setting festival of events Down Under. In the heat of the Australian summer, while tennis fans from around the world enjoyed another edition of the famed Aussie Open, the Aussie Millions was packing the house at Crown Casino in beautiful Melbourne. The Aussie Millions Main Event generated its largest turnout ever with 822 entries, besting last year’s record attendance of 800 entries. Bryn Kenney captured the Aussie Millions Main Event title and A$1.272 million ($914,617) after a three-way deal, Cary Katz won the $100,000 Challenge for A$1.481 million ($1.074 million), and plenty of other big scores were had. Here's a look at the biggest winners from the 2019 Aussie Millions. Top 25 2019 Aussie Millions Money List 1. Toby Lewis - A$1,607,654 ($1,149,064) 2. Cary Katz - A$1,481,760 ($1,074,908) 3. Rainer Kempe - A$1,284,225 ($919,258) 4. Michael Del Vecchio - A$1,275,852 ($916,936) 5. Bryn Kenney - A$1,272,598 ($914,617) 6. Andrew Hinrichsen - A$1,102,408 ($792,305) 7. Manig Loeser - A$772,246 ($555,014) 8. Abraham Passet - A$617,400 ($447,878) 9. Jack Salter - A$541,660 ($390,523) 10. Anton Morgenstern - A$530,640 ($384,767) 11. Clinton Taylor - A$483,000 ($347,132) 12. Guillaume Nolet - A$451,069 ($322,640) 13. Tobias Ziegler - A$431,270 ($311,395) 14. David ‘Chino’ Rheem - A$416,760 ($296,137) 15. Thomas Mühlöcker - A$412,300 ($296,320) 16. Matthew Wakeman - A$380,300 ($273,322) 17. Farid Jattin - A$373,880 ($270,869) 18. Dominik Nitsche - A$350,385 ($251,999) 19. Gyeong Byeong Lee - A$311,985 ($224,207) 20. Kristen Bicknell - A$294,530 ($213,599) 21. Jason Pritchard - A$291,885 ($210,084) 22. Hamish Crawshaw - A$253,334 ($182,037) 23. Vincent Huang - A$251,865 ($180,431) 24. Gautam Dhingra - A$247,039 ($175,716) 25. Bjorn Li - A$235,600 ($169,326) Toby Lewis tops the list of winners, earning A$1.607 million ($1.149 million) thanks to four cashes in the series. Two of those four in-the-money finishes were for mega bucks, as Lewis placed second in the $25,000 Challenge for A$781,214 ($555,107) and first in the $50,000 Challenge for A$818,054 ($587,936). Lewis' performances moved him to more than $6.3 million in live tournament earnings and jumped him to sixth place on England's all-time money list, as ranked by The Hendon Mob. Katz, who was already mentioned as the winner of the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, was the second-biggest money earner from the 2019 edition of the event. Katz only cashed once, but he won the A$100,000 buy-in event for A$1.481 million ($1.074 million). It was the fifth-largest score of Katz’s poker career, as he moved to more than $18.4 million in live tournament earnings and up to 25th on poker’s all-time money list, also according to The Hendon Mob. Ranking third was Rainer Kempe, who earned a combined A$1.284 million ($919,258) thanks to two big results. Kempe won the $25,000 Challenge that Lewis came second in and took home A$831,465 ($590,814). He also placed fourth in the $100,000 Challenge that Katz won for A$452,760 ($328,444). Kempe's success carried over from the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where he won more than $1.2 million from three cashes and was the ninth-biggest winner to come out of that series. Just from the PCA and Aussie Millions, Kempe has won more than $2.1 million in prize money in 2019. You’ll notice that Mike Del Vecchio notched Kenney by a couple thousand dollars on the list. The two were involved in a three-way deal at the end of the Aussie Millions Main Event and took home just about the same amount of money. Del Vecchio had another cash at the Aussie Millions that allowed him to finish higher than Kenney on this list. In ninth place with A$541,660 ($390,523) won at the 2019 Aussie Millions was Jack Salter, and he’s the player who cashed the most times within the top 25. Salter cashed five times during the festival, but that wasn’t the most times a player finished in the money at the 2019 Aussie Millions. Justin Liberto and Travis Endersby each cashed six times and were the ones to cash the most times. Liberto earned a combined A$181,609 ($131,133) and Endersby scored a total of A$105,488 ($75,571). If you read our 'Biggest Winners from the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure' article, then you’ll notice there are a few more repeat names on the two lists, in addition to Kempe. Those players are David 'Chino' Rheem, Farid Jattin, and Dominik Nitsche. Rheem, who won the 2019 PCA Main Event for $1.567 million, finished third in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge to win A$416,760 ($296,137). He was the 14th-biggest money earner from this year’s Aussie Millions as a result of that. Jattin notably finished seventh in the PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship for $746,000 in the Bahamas. In Melbourne, Jattin finished 31st in the Aussie Millions Main Event and then took second in the A$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, winning a combined A$373,880 ($270,869). Nitsche won $606,240 at the 2019 PCA festival and then won another A$350,385 ($251,999) at the 2019 Aussie Millions festival, placing 23rd and 18th on each series' earnings leaderboard. Down Under, Nitsche took fourth in the $50,000 Challenge for A$323,950 ($232,823) and sixth in the A$5,000 Six-Max NL for A$26,435 ($19,176).
  5. The schedule is out for the 2020 Aussie Millions Poker Championship at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The series spans 21 days of consecutive poker action from Saturday, January 4, through Friday, January 24, and features 23 championship poker tournaments. The 2020 Aussie Millions A$10,600 Main Event starts Friday, January 17, and has three starting flights, one each across Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The final table will be played on Friday, January 24. The winner is said to walk away with an estimated A$1.8 million and champion's bracelet valued at more than A$25,000. The 2019 Aussie Millions Millions Main Event attracted a record-breaking field of 822 entries and was won by one of poker's biggest names, Bryn Kenney. The 2020 Aussie Millions festival opens with the A$1,150 Opening Event on Saturday, January 4. This event has five starting flights and a A$1 million prize pool guarantee. The 2019 Aussie Millions Opening event became the largest-ever tournament at Crown Casino with a,1752 entries. Also returning for 2020 are the A$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha, A$25,000 Challenge, A$50,000 Challenge, and A$100,000 Challenge. 2020 Aussie Millions Schedule DATE TIME EVENT BUY-IN Jan. 4 12:10 pm Opening Event Day 1A A$1,150 Jan. 5 12:10 pm Opening Event Day 1B A$1,150 12:15 pm H.O.R.S.E. A$2,500 Jan. 6 12:10 pm Opening Event Day 1C A$1,150 6:10 pm Opening Event Day 1D A$1,150 Jan. 7 12:10 pm Opening Event Day 1E A$1,150 Jan. 9 12:15 pm Pot Limit Omaha A$1,150 6:10 pm No Limit Hold'em - Mix Max A$1,150 Jan. 10 12:10 pm No Limit Hold'em - Six Max A$1,150 Jan. 11 12:10 pm Pot Limit Omaha A$2,500 2:10 pm No Limit Hold'em 'Deep Freeze' A$1,500 Jan. 12 12:10 pm Shot Clock No Limit Hold'em Six Max A$2,500 Jan. 13 12:10 pm No Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1A A$1,150 12:15 pm 8 Game Mixed A$2,500 2:10 pm 25K Pot Limit Omaha A$25,000 Jan. 14 12:10 pm No Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1B A$1,150 Jan. 15 12:10 pm No Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1C A$1,150 2:10 pm $25,000 Challenge A$25,000 Jan. 16 2:10 pm No Limit Hold'em Bounty A$2,000 Jan. 17 12:30 pm Main Event Day 1A A$10,600 2:10 pm $50,000 Challenge A$50,000 2:30 pm No Limit Hold'em Terminator A$1,150 Jan. 18 12:30 pm Main Event Day 1B A$10,600 2:30 pm Hyper Turbo No Limit Hold'em A$1,150 Jan. 19 12:30 pm Main Event Day 1C A$10,600 Jan. 20 2:10 pm Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo A$1,150 6:10 pm No Limit Hold'em A$2,500 Jan. 21 2:10 pm Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions A$1,150 6:10 pm No Limit Hold'em Six Max A$5,000 Jan. 22 12:10 pm Turbo No Limit Hold'em - Shot Clock A$1,150 2:10 pm $100,000 Challenge A$100,000 "The 2019 Aussie Millions saw records smashed right across the board," said Joel Williams, Crown Melbourne Tournament Director. "We watched the 'Main Event' scale heights previously unseen; we re-established ourselves as an integral stop on the High Roller circuit; total prize pools exceeded A$30 million and overall participation broke through 8,600 - all served to produce arguably the most memorable series in Australian poker history. January 2020 allows us the opportunity to continue to stamp ourselves as an elite poker destination for players right across the globe - and we are more than ready to accept that challenge and remain committed to providing the best experience possible." On Wednesday, January 8, there is a 10-seat guarantee satellite to the Aussie Millions Main Event on the schedule, starting at 2:10 pm local time with a buy-in of A$550. Although Kenney won the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event, he wasn't the biggest winner from the series. That title belonged to Toby Lewis, who walked away from the 2019 Aussie Millions with A$1,607,654 ($1,149,064) in prize earnings. Cary Katz and Rainer Kempe also had impressive performances.
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