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The Australian Poker Championship, commonly known as Aussie Millions is a poker tournament held at the Crown Casino, in Melbourne, Australia. It is the Southern Hemisphere's richest poker tournament with a prize pool in excess of AU$7 Million.

Poker at Crown was introduced in June 1997, with the first major championship held shortly after in July 1998. The Main Event was a AU$1,000 buy in Limit Holdem tournament that attracted 74 entries with a AU$74,000 prize pool.

The Crown Australian Poker Championship, or the ‘Aussie Millions’ as it became known, moved to January in 2001, attracting 40 entrants with a AU$5,000 buy in for a prize pool of AU$200,000. January 2003 saw the event go international, attracting a field of 122 entrants and a AUD$1,200,000 prize pool.

In January 2005, the Aussie Millions continued to grow with 263 participants paying AU$10,000 each to enter the No Limit Holdem Main Event, generating the biggest prize pool ever in the Southern Hemisphere of AU$2,630,000. Over half the field was from overseas including players from New Zealand, England, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, USA, Sweden, Holland, Canada, Italy and Lebanon.

In 2006, 418 players competed for a share of the AU$4,180,000 prize pool, including some of the biggest names in the Poker world such as WSOP Champion Joe Hachem, along with Phil Ivey, John Juanda and Daniel Negreanu.

The 2007 championship commenced on Sunday 14th January, 2007 with the final table held on Friday 19th January, 2007. The buy-in was AU$10,500 (AU$10,000+AU$500). A record 747 players entered, which generated a prize pool of AU$7,470,000. The top 80 players were "in the money" and received between AU$15,000 and AU$1,500,000 each.

The 2008 championship concluded on Sunday 20th January, 2008 with the winner being the 21 year old Russian Alexander Kostritsyn. The buy-in was AU$10,500 (AU$10,000+AU$500). A record 780 players entered, which generated a prize pool of AU$7,800,000. The top 80 players were "in the money" and received between AU$15,000 and AU$1,650,000 each. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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* The Aussie Millions is held each January at Crown Casino, Melbourne Australia.
* The Championship includes 16 tournaments , offering a total prize pool of AUD$10,500 No Limit Holdem Main Event.
* The 2009 Aussie Millions will have a guaranteed first prize of AUD$2 Million.
* The Main Event will be televised by Fox Sports Net and broadcast internationally

Event Statistics

* It is expected that there will be over 800 individual players in the $10,500 Buy-In No Limit Holdem Main Event in 2009
* Over 2,000 individual entrants will participate in the two week series.
* Over 400 international visitors are expected to attend from all over the world.
* The Aussie Millions generated approximately 8,000 room nights across Melbourne in January 2007, including over 5,000 at Crown.
* The Aussie Millions ranks as the sixth largest poker tournament in the world.
* The 2007 Aussie Millions held the largest, 'cash buy in' tournament ever, with a $100,500 event attracting 20 players.

In 2009 the Aussie Millions will be home of the World's Largest Cash Game with a AUD$1 Million Buy-in


The first Aussie Millions was held in 1998 with a $1,000 buy-in and $74k prize pool and 10 international participants mainly from New Zealand. Since then, the tournament has grown year on year, to now be a major event on the international poker tournament circuit, and a 'must do' for any serious poker player.
Main Event growth

* 2004 – 133 entrants, $1.33 million prize pool, first prize $426,500
* 2005 – 263 entrants, $2.63 million prize pool, first prize $1 million
* 2006 – 418 entrants, $4.18 million prize pool, first prize $1.3 million
* 2007 – 747 entrants, $7.47 million prize pool, first prize $1.5 million
* 2008 – 780 entrants, $7.80 million prize pool, first prize $1.65 million


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