It’s less than a month until the first main tournament of 2019 – the Aussie Millions – kicks off at the Crown casino in Melbourne.
Last year saw record breaking numbers turn out with Toby Lewis taking down the main event ahead of 799 others to win the $1,458,198 first prize, outlasting some household names such as Stefan Huber and Mike Del Vecchio on the final table.
Previous winners include Gus Hansen, Ami Barer, Ari Engel and Alexander Kostrytsin. With the number of players having qualified for the main event already via the satellites that run all year round up by nearly 25% on this time last year, the 2019 event promises to be the biggest yet.
Joel Williams, Crown Poker Tournament Director said “”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.”
The tournament itself kicks off on Tuesday January 15th and continues for 3 weeks until Monday February 4th.
The $10,600 Main Event commences on Sunday January 27th with the winner being crowned 1 week later.
Some of the tournament highlights include:
|Jan. 15-21||Event #1 – Opening Event [$1,000,000 Gtd.]||$1,150|
|Jan. 25-26||Event #9 – $25,000 Challenge||$25,000|
|Jan. 27 – Feb. 3||Event #11 – Main Event||$10,600|
|Jan. 27-28||Event #12 – $50,000 Challenge||$50,000|
|Feb. 1-2||Event #20 – $100,000 Challenge||$100,000|
|Feb. 3-4||Event #24 – $25K Pot Limit Omaha||$25,000|
For the first time Big Blind antes are being used in 8 of the bigger events as well as some other changes. Tournament Director Williams continued:
“Despite last year achieving the largest Main Event field in Crown Melbourne’s history (800 players), we’re definitely not guilty of resting on our laurels. The 2019 Championship series sees numerous new initiatives implemented: the “Big Blind Ante” concept is utilised across eight Championship events (largely a “player-driven” initiative and previously untried at Aussie Millions), the Opening Event now has an additional Flight, there’s a new $25k PLO Event – as well as other tweaks and alterations throughout.”
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