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Melbourne is the first stop on 2020 poker calendar

Thu, Jan 2, 2:36pm by Charlotte Lee

Melbourne is the place to be in January, with the Australian city playing host to the first major stop on the live tournament poker calendar.

Casino News Daily reports that one of Australia’s premium casino locations, Crown Melbourne, will play host to the Aussie Millions Poker Championship.

The poker festival is usually the first major live tournament to take place throughout the poker year and is one of the biggest.

This year’s Aussie Millions is scheduled to take place from Saturday, January 4 through to Saturday, January 25.

As usual, Crown Melbourne is gearing up preparations to welcome some of Australia’s and the world’s best tournament poker players.

The 2020 edition of the major poker festival is set to feature 23 tournaments, which is slightly down from last year’s 27 events.

Opening Event kicks off the three week event

As usual, the Aussie Millions will kick off with a multiple starting flight Opening Event.

The Opening Event takes place from Saturday, January 4 until Thursday, January 9 and will feature five starting flights and two more days of play.

The tournament starts with a guaranteed prize pool of A$1 million.

Players will be able to enter it by paying the A$1150 buy-in fee.

The Aussie Millions has traditionally offered quality action for fans of high roller action and the upcoming edition of the event will be just as generous as ever.

There will be three Challenge events – one with a A$25,000 buy-in fee, one with a A$50,000 buy-in and of course, the A$100,000 buy-in Challenge.

The highest buy-in tournament on the Aussie Millions’ schedule will take place over two days, starting from January 23.

US poker pro Cary Katz took out the 2019 edition of the A$100,000 Challenge, beating 42 entrants for a A$1.5 million payday.

The A$10,600 Main Event is slated to start on January 17 with the first of three starting flights played over three separate days.

The tournament will end on January 24, when its official final table will be played.

American poker star Bryn Kenney was crowned the victor at last year’s Main Event.

The player was the last one standing from a field of 822 participants.

After a three-way deal with Mike Del Vecchio and Andrew Hinrichsen, Kenney took home a first-place prize of A$1,272.598.

For another year, the Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions will be part of the festival’s schedule.

The tournament will take place on January 21 and will feature a A$1,150 buy-in.

Daniel Tang from Hong Kong won the 2019 edition of the Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions, which drew a field of 309 entries.

The total prize pool generated was A$316,725, with Tang winning A$74,430.

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to end after 16 years

A fixture of the poker tour will be no longer after The Stars Group has made official the end of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, one of the longest-running live poker festivals that was directly tied to an online-poker site.

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, or PCA, dates all the way back to 2004, running for 16 straight years as a post New Year’s gathering in usually sunny Nassau, in the Bahamas.

PokerStars gave the formal news of the PCA’s demise to veteran poker reporter Lance Bradley at PocketFives, while the prominent PokerStars blog featured a personal eulogy of sorts by long-time Stars blogger Brad Willis, Flush Draw reports.

In its early years, when PokerStars actively served almost all of the United States, the PCA served as a major post-holidays attraction, getting most calendar years off to a flying start and making the news and careers of numerous players.

Once the US was frozen out of the online-qualifier pool by the notorious 2011 “Black Friday”, the PCA became a somewhat harder sell.

For several years, the stop was added to the Stars-run European Poker Tour, though being several thousand miles away from Europe, it was at best a shoehorned fit into the event family as well.

Add in some slowly increasing player dissatisfaction with the venue and certain elements of the travel necessary to reach Nassau, where the PCA was held, and the festival suffered for slowly dwindling attendance that eventually meant the end of the PCA’s run.

The devastation caused by the recent Hurricane Dorian likely had little effect on something that was already in progress for some time, meaning plans to shutter the PCA; the cataclysmic damage the storm caused was more severe in the Abacos and on Grand Bahama, which comprise the northern part of the Bahamas.

Nassau and other southern Bahamas islands were spared the very worst and have already started to reopen the tourist services central to the islands’ economy.

For what it’s worth, the PCA will go down in history as having had a pretty great run, and if a significant part of the US’s population ever again gets to play on Stars-branded sites, the series could return.


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