Aussie Millions is one of the premier poker tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region and poker players from all over Asia as well as other parts of the world make their way down under in January each year to play at the prestigious Aussie Millions.
The 2018 Aussie Millions has been a great success according to tournament organizers. The tournament takes place at the Crown Melbourne casino each year and has millions in guaranteed prize money on offer. The highlight of the Aussie Millions is always the A$10,600 Main Event where the winner usually walks away with a million dollar.
Daiva Byrne Shares Her Thoughts On Australia’s Poker Scene
The Main Event for the 2018 Aussie Millions is currently underway and Unibet Poker Ambassador Daiva Byrne decided to open up and share her thoughts on the Australian poker scene and incorporating ladies events at the Aussie Millions.
A Lithuanian poker pro, Byrne has been playing the live poker circuit since 2011. This year, she visited Australia for the first time to compete in the A$10,600 Main Event. Byrne arrived down under in early Jan and has been impressed with what she has seen and experience of Australia so far.
As a Unibet Poker Ambassador, Byrne has been hard at work to promote women’s poker down under. Although a number of major tournaments such as the WSOP have added a ladies event to the tournament schedule, the Aussie Millions is yet to launch a specific ladies only event – something that Byrne would like to see happen next year.
Byrne has been running an online group for female poker players for the last six months and so far more than 1,200 female poker pros have signed up. The group organizes freerolls every week and then schedule meet-ups during live poker stops. The next meet up is scheduled to take place at the 2018 WSOP Ladies event later this year.
Female Poker Pros Do Not Have A Good Day At The Main Event
Byrne did not have a great first day at the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event and was eliminated on day1. Australian female poker pro Heidi May who is the 2017 WSOP Ladies Event champion was also present to try her luck in the Main Event but busted out on Day 1a.
While these two top female poker pros did not have a good at the office, Byrne wants the poker industry to reach out to female poker pros by offering more support and encouragement. She says there’s still a lack of support from the industry to encourage more women to play poker despite the number of females who are making it in the pro circuit.
Byrne does have a point as the global poker scene is lacking star power when it comes to female poker pros. Vanessa Selbst who was one of the top female poker pros in the world decided to quit playing professional poker towards the end of 2017 and one of the reasons cited was she found the game had gotten too competitive. Australia’s best female poker player, Jackie Glazier, was also a no-show at the Aussie Millions Main Event and was last seen at the Melbourne Poker Championships in August 2017.
Daiva Byrne believes that one way female poker pros can be encouraged is for poker tournament organizers to put in place special freerolls and ladies events as they are good avenues for women poker players to practice and start feeling comfortable with the game.
In a statement, Byrne said “The feedback from ladies is that the majority prefer ladies only events. And if that works, then it works and we should do whatever we can to keep doing that… It’s also as simple as meeting more people and chatting, then going with these people they’ve met to live tournaments.”
It will be interesting to see if Crown Melbourne pays attention to Byrne’s remarks and puts in place a special ladies event for the 2019 Aussie Millions. Crown Melbourne has already confirmed the dates for the 2019 edition which is set to take place between January 15 to February 4, 2019.
With Byrne’s encouragement and enough demand, the Aussie Millions could hold a ladies event in the next season. In fact, a schedule for the 2019 Aussie Millions has already been announced, and it will run from January 15 to February 4, 2019. A full schedule of events is yet to be released but as of now there are no plans for a Ladies Only event.

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