Gearing up for Aussie Millions 2014

January 15, 2014

Eyes have now narrowed down to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas where the 2014 edition of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is taking place with great vigor. However, the moment the Caribbean Adventure ends, the focus will be on Australia in the Southern Hemisphere for the Aussie Millions. The tournament is scheduled to begin on January 23 and will feature a Main Event worth $10,600 (AUD) taking place on February 2, along with challenges worth $25,000 (AUD), $100,000 (AUD and $250,000 (AUD). The biggest tournament in Australia made headlines earlier in November 2013 when Crown Melbourne announced about a new agreement for the 2014 edition of the Aussie Millions Main Event becoming a part of the PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour or the APPT. So here is an update about the new things you can expect from the tournament this year.

Aussie Millions this year

The Director of Poker at Crown Melbourne, Jim Preston, suggested that the dates for Aussie Millions have been shifted this year to make the most of two key advantages from the new dates. Firstly the new dates provide a small gap between the Caribbean Adventure from PokerStars and Aussie Millions. Secondly, this gap will also mean that the dates are closer to the Chinese New Year which can play a crucial role in increasing greater participation from Asian customers.

The tournament is also going to be quite different compared to its previous versions. Jim has said that instead of the usual 26 events, this year, the calendar for Aussie Millions has been streamlined for only 20 events, but the fields in each event are likely to be larger with a massive tip towards the Main Event. There are also plans for high stakes cash game that would be taking place on February 11 in Studio four and participants will be provided confirmation regarding the event as the date draws closer. In fact, Crown Melbourne has even planned for the Super Bowl this year for all the poker players who maybe worried about missing the game. Options include ticketed events and also provision for the Super Bowl to be shown live on the Poker Room screens. Jim has also hinted about a ticketed event Super Bowl party taking place at the Crown Sports Bar that would be hosted by Jess Pryles. However, he also said that there wouldn’t be any car as a top prize for the winner of the main event this year.

Satellites and poker rooms

The Aussie Millions would be taking place at the Crown Promenade Hotel for the AUD275 tournaments, the Crown Metropol Hotel for the AUD325 event and the Crown Towers Hotel for the AUD400 event. However, all of these events are booking very quickly. The satellites have already begun at the Crown and there are several online satellites also planned. The online satellite tournaments would begin on January 14 and would continue till January 16. There are three Supershot tournaments planned on each day from 14th to 16th January. The satellites in Crown will also begin well ahead of the tournament and even before the previous version’s satellites took place. The only missing piece of the puzzle at this point of time is the list for special guests such as Nate Silver from 2013. This list has been scheduled to be released later this month.

In the mean time, if you are interested in taking part in the tournament, it is best to book your hotel as early as possible and register for the events well in advance to make sure that you avoid any queues. If you arrive early to Melbourne, you could spend time watching the Aussie Open Tennis with the Men’s Final taking place on January 26. Crown also has some excellent plans for the celebration of the Chinese New Year on the Riverside and will also include Hawkers Markets scheduled for January 31, 2014. You could also subscribe to some Melbourne guides such as Broadsheet for some interesting events taking place in the city so you can take a breather even when the Aussie Millions is under the way.

Partnership with APPT and other details

On the agreement with APPT, Jim suggested that the wheels for the agreement were set in motion several months prior to the event. Negotiations have been taking place between the senior management to finalize the details and the terms involved in the agreement. Jim also credited the success of the partnership to everyone who was involved in the negotiations as the event has come to pass due to their constant efforts. Jim has also said that the inspiration behind the partnership has been to align the biggest poker event in the Southern hemisphere with the biggest poker tour in the Southern Hemisphere. This is likely to promote a healthy participation for both the events and also help in promoting poker in a bigger way.

The APPT has been single handedly responsible to revolutionize poker in the South Pacific as well as Asia with the introduction of the tournament to Macau and APPT has also been responsible for hosting the first ever televised poker tournament in all of Asia. This in combination with the biggest poker festival of the Southern Hemisphere, Aussie Millions Poker Championship from Crown’s Melbourne has given the partnership a confidence that the alliance would prove to be highly beneficial to both the parties involved.