The focus of the poker gaming community is now on PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2014, which is in progress at the Atlantis Resort in Bahamas. The Aussie Millions, widely acclaimed as the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest live poker tournament, will begin on January 23, featuring the AU$10,600 buy-in Main Event, which will be held on February 2; the AU$100k Challenge; the AU$25k Challenge; and the AU$250k Challenge.
In an interview with PokerNews.com, Jim Preston, the director for poker at Crown Melbourne, said that the Aussie Millions and PCA schedules have been set in such a way that more Asian players are likely to get attracted to the event. He also said that the tours will include 20 events instead of the usual 26, as a result of which player fields are bound to be larger.
Preston also said that a high-stakes tournament will be held on February 11 in Studio 3, adding that details regarding participants and structure will be revealed later. Since participants will be missing the Super Bowl, Crown Melbourne has presented a number of options, such as ticketed events. Besides, the Super Bowl will be shown live on Crown Melbourne’s large poker room TV screen.
Preston also revealed that Aussie Millions players can book rooms at Crown Promenade Hotel for AU$275, the Crown Towers Hotel for AU$400, and the Crown Metropol Hotel for AU$325.
The Crown Melbourne has been running a number of satellite qualifiers to the event, and plans to run some online satellites too.
Giving tips to players who want to take part in Aussie Millions 2014, Preston said that they should book their rooms at the earliest possible, pre-register in order to avoid the rush, come early so that they can watch the Aussie Open Tennis on January 26, 2014, take part in the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Crown, and subscribe to guides to Melbourne so that they know what’s happening around the town.
Players who wish to qualify for the WSOP APAC when the Aussie Millions is in progress can do so because the very first satellite will be held on February 10, 2014.
Several poker pros, such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Erik Seidel, and others will take part in the Aussie Millions.