Wed, Dec 19, 11:34am by Staff Writer
We are only a month away from the biggest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere, the Aussie Millions.
Hosted at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, the tournament is largely considered the ‘Vegas of the South’, attracting many of the world’s premier players to this lucrative festival of poker between January 15 and February 4.
The tournament is held in the heart of the Australian summer, which coincides with the Australian Open tennis and international cricket seasons in Melbourne.
There is a tremendous range of poker tournaments held within the Aussie Millions, with 27 events scheduled this year, according to Poker News.
Of course, the festival of poker is headlined by the Aussie Millions main event which will commence on January 27.
The Main Event is nowadays one of the premier poker tournaments in the world poker circuit with a staggering $10,600 buy-in for players.
In 2018’s main event, England’s Toby Lewis claimed the title along with AUD$1,458,198 in prize money, and the custom made winner’s diamond-encrusted gold bracelet.
The 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event attracted a record field of 800, which surpassed the mark of 781 set back in 2008, and in the process created a huge prize pool of AUD$8,000,000.
This year’s tournament appears likely to exceed last year’s amount of main event registrations.
Rather than paying the $10,600 buy-in to enter the main event, players have the ability to win their way into the tournament by qualifying by various satellite tournaments that are being held in the lead up to January 27.
Satellite’s have been held all year round and daily since November. Last year, more than half of the 800-player field won their seat via one of the many satellites.
The 2019 edition of the Aussie Millions is looking set to give even more a discounted shot at a seven-figure prize.
Joel Williams, Crown Poker’s long time tournament director told pokernews.com that he was very pleased with the number of Satellite entrants there have been at Crown Casino over the past few months.
“Satellites have been running and players have already shown up in droves. Support for the 2019 series is also at an all-time high with local players already ensuring internal satellites currently sit almost 25% in front of this time last year. Given Crown Poker generated a whopping 422 Main Event seats in 2018 via local satellites, this is particularly pleasing and will almost certainly translate into another huge Main Event field in 2019” he said.
— PokerNews (@PokerNews) December 18, 2018
2017’s main event winner, Shurane Vijayaram was the ultimate beneficiary of the satellite system, entering a $130 satellite tournament to earn his $10,600 ticket to the tournament.
He then went on to defeat a field of 724 players and negotiated his way through a high profile final table including players from the US, UK, Germany and Australia to go home with the $1,600,000 first prize.
The tournament has a number of events to cater to a wide range of poker aficionados ranging from a No-Limit Hold’em to Shot Clock Turbo.
Also scheduled over the course of the three weeks will be four big-buy events. These will be the $25K, $50K and $100K challenges along with the $25K Pot Limit Omaha.
The opening event, a $1,150 buy-in for a minimum $1 million prize pool is also set to get a significant amount of entrants which is a terrific way to commence festivities.
It all kicks off January 15 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
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