The popular Aussie Millions has gained a reputation over the years for being the biggest and richest poker tournament in the Asia-Pacific region. The 2018 Aussie Millions kicks off on January 17 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
The tournament promises to bring 26 events to its lineup, opening with a $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool during the $1,150 Opening Event on January 17. The 2018 Aussie Millions will feature both low and high stake events to enable poker players from all walks of life to take part and have a crack at winning large sums of guaranteed cash pools.
Three High Roller Events On Offer In 2018
Among the most anticipated events during the series are the three high-roller events. Three of the usual high-roller challenges will be making a comeback to the series, except for the recently added $250,000 Challenge that organizers pulled out from last year’s roster because of a low turnout of 14 players. The $250,000 Challenge ran from 2011 to 2016 and seasoned pro Phil Ivey won the tournament on three out of the six occasions it was held. Ivey won the event in 2012, 2014, and 2015.
The first of these high-roller events is the $25,000 Challenge which will take place on Jan 26, the second high roller event is the $50,000 Challenge which takes place on January 28. The last high roller event, which is also the biggest will take place on February 4 and has a $100,000 buy-in. However, the highlight of the 2018 Aussie Millions will undoubtedly be its $10,600 Main Event which starts on Jan 28.
Crown Melbourne has been aggressively promoting the 2018 Aussie Millions and its $10,600 Main Event for the last 10 months and have run a number of satellites from March 2017. A record number of 400 satellite qualifiers will be running round-the-clock during the series with various buy-ins and rebuys.
2017 Aussie Millions Main Event Great Success
Last year, the action-packed Main Event saw Australian amateur Shurane ‘Shaz’ Vijayaram win the Main Event. Vijayaram took home an astounding $1.6 million in prize money after qualifying for the Main Event via a $130 satellite. The win was Shaz’s first ever live tournament cash prize and turned him into a millionaire overnight. He also took home a custom-made diamond-encrusted gold bracelet from Anton Jewellery worth $30,000.
A total of 725 players tried their best to win the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event and more than one player ended up winning a million dollars. Ben Heath who finished in second place took home $1 million while Tobias Hausen who finished in third place took home $620,000.
2018 Aussie Millions Filled With Action Packed Events
Apart from the Main Event and High Roller events, there are a number of other exciting events such as the Multi-Day Accumulator event from January 24 to 26, a No Limit Hold’em Shot Clock Shootout on January 31, a Two-Day Terminator event, and the Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions on February 1. The 2018 Aussie Millions schedule will also have most of the player favourite and popular events that have been a regular over the years. To find a full list of scheduled events, please visit the Aussie Millions website.
Jason Somerville Will Live Stream On Twitch  
Aussie Million’s exclusive broadcast partnership with poker pro Jason Somerville will also cover the 2018 edition. Somerville’s live streaming on Twitch for the 2017 Aussie Millions broke records and turned out to be the most-watched live poker tournament on Twitch of all time, secure the highest concurrent viewers of a live final poker table on Twitch and also became the second biggest show in poker history. Organizers are expecting the 2018 edition to surpass those numbers.
Crown Melbourne Tournament Director Joel Williams believes that Aussie Millions 2018 will churn out a huge turnout and become one of their biggest years yet and will provide Australian poker players with a much needed boost.
Australia passed an Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 last year which made online poker illegal. This cause a number of online poker operators including PokerStars to wind up operations and leave the country, which ended up hurting the online poker community in Australia.