Today, Crown Melbourne released the schedule for Asia-Pacific’s richest poker tournament – the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. Starting on Thursday, January 17 and running through to Sunday, February 3, 2013, it will feature 26 separate poker events with buy-ins ranging from AUD $500 to AUD $250,000. On offer are 26 Aussie Millions ‘Championship Rings’ and an anticipated AUD $20 million-plus in prize money.
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 amongst some of the most renowned players in the world.”
The tournament will start with the popular AUD $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em opening event, which saw an unbelievable 946 players in 2012, making it the biggest field of the tournament. Other events include Pot Limit Omaha, H.O.R.S.E, 8 Game Mixed and even Chinese Poker, which made its first appearance in 2012.
The Aussie Millions has also become renowned for its high roller events and will again feature the AUD $100,000 Challenge and AUD $250,000 Challenge. The latter event in 2012 marked a triumphant return for Phil Ivey to tournament poker when he took out the AUD $2 million first prize from a field of 16 players.
But the headline event of the Aussie Millions will, of course, be the AUD $10,600 buy-in Main Event. Last time around, the tournament ended in a battle between two familiar names on the Asian poker circuit – Australian Oliver Speidel and Hong Kong local Kenneth Wong – and it was the 26-year-old Speidel who ended up claiming the title and the AUD $1.6 million in prize money that came with it.
Speidel joined an illustrious list of winners that includes 2007 champion Gus Hansen. The Great Dane is one of the tournaments vocal supporters: “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,” said Hansen.
View the full schedule at AussieMillions.com.
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