The highly acclaimed Aussie Millions Poker Championship is set to heat up Down Under starting Wednesday, January 13, 2016. The festival has earned top recognition as the Southern Hemisphere's most prestigious poker championship, and it will once again be the focus of the poker world with 24 events slated to take place inside the stunning Crown Melbourne in Australia.
The 2016 Aussie Millions has added three new events to the schedule for even more poker action than ever before, and top names such as Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Hachem, Sam Trickett, Erik Seidel, and Shane Warne are all planned to participate, but that's not all. This time around, Crown Melbourne has really upped the ante as they have teamed up with Twitch.tv and Jason Somerville to provide unprecedented coverage of the tournament series.
Jason Somerville To Live Stream Aussie Millions On Twitch
Twitch.tv, the world's fasting-growing social video platform with more than 100 million members, will offer a unique and interactive Aussie Millions viewing experience for poker enthusiasts everywhere. Somerville, poker's leading streamer and member of Team PokerStars Pro, will be streaming the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event exclusively through his channel on Twitch.tv.
"I'm extremely excited to be teaming up with Crown Melbourne and PokerStars to bring the 2016 Aussie Millions to poker fans around the globe," said Somerville. "The Aussie Millions is a marquee event on the international poker calendar ,and this year, I am honored to play a part in showcasing the action as the Aussie Millions transitions exclusively into a live-streamed online broadcast. I am eager to help pioneer a modern poker broadcast that will not only showcase Crown as the premiere poker destination that it is but also highlight live streaming an an unparalleled platform in delivering engaging and compelling content to fans of the game we love."
The Main Event will return with a AU$10,600 buy-in and begin on Sunday, January 24. There will be three starting flights, and players will begin their quest to poker glory with 30,000 in chips. As part of the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, Crown Melbourne will once again be partnered with PokerStars.net for the Aussie Millions, and there are already more than 175 qualifiers for the Main Event. In-room satellites are up 30 percent over last year, and PokerStars will be accommodating players by offering on-floor buy-ins for all events greater than AU$1,500.
"This series is shaping up as one of Crown's biggest Aussie Millions to date," said Crown Melbourne Tournament Director Joel Williams, who can be reached on Twitter @JoelGWilliams. "With both local and overseas bookings being received daily and satellite qualifiers accumulating Main Event seats at a rapid rate, there is no doubt that Melbourne is the place to be this January!"
On Sunday, January 17, there will be a AU$550 satellite for the Main Event that will be guaranteeing 10 seats to be won. This is a must-play event for those players looking to get into the big one at a more affordable price point.
Australia's largest and most prestigious poker series will kick off in a big way with the AU$1,150 No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event that boasts a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. This event will feature four Day 1 flights with repechage and re-repechage allowed. The second, third, and fourth flights will be open to both new players and those eliminated from previous flights.
New Events Added To Aussie Millions Schedule
Among the 24 featured events on the schedule are three new additions to the 2016 slate. The three new events are Event 16: AU$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em to commence on Wednesday, January 27, at 6:10 p.m. local time; Event 23: AU$1,150 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Shot Clock to take place on Sunday, January 31, at 2:10 p.m.; and Event 24: AUD$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha that will be held on Monday, February 1, at 12:15 p.m.
The AU$1,150 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Shot Clock event will be an exciting, fast-paced affair, with 15-minute levels, a 20,000-chip starting bank, and just 20 seconds to act for each player. That combination will provide plenty of action and see the winner crowned in a single day.
As you've come to expect from the Aussie Millions, there will be big buy-ins galore. The "big three" will all be returning just as they have in the past, with the $25,000 Challenge, the $100,000 Challenge, and the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge prominently featured on the schedule.
The Main Event, $100,000 Challenge, and $250,000 Challenge will now all feature late registration open until the end of the first level on Day 2.
Also returning for another year are the widely popular AU$1,150 Accumulator No-Limit Hold'em and AU$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em "Deep Freeze" events.
The Deep Freeze event will be running for the second year after the first edition was received with heavy praise in 2015. This highlight event will see players start with 20,000 in chips and a structure with one-hour levels throughout. This event is a true freeze-out tournament with no reentries, and last year's field drew 343 players.
The last edition of the Aussie Millions attracted 5,503 total entries across 21 events and awarded over AU$27.6 million in prize money. The Main Event itself drew in 648 players and created a whopping AU$6.48 million prize pool. The winner was local Manny Stavropoulos, and he walked away with nearly AU$1.4 million.
For more information on the 2016 Aussie Millions, head to AussieMillions.com.
2016 Aussie Millions Schedule
|Date||Time (p.m.)||Event||Buy-In (AU$)|
|Jan. 13||6:10||#1: No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event Day 1a||$1,150|
|Jan. 14||12:10||#2: H.O.R.S.E.||$2,500|
|6:10||#1: No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event Day 1b||$1,150|
|Jan. 15||12:10||#1: No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event Day 1c||$1,150|
|Jan. 16||12:10||#1: No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event Day 1d||$1,150|
|Jan. 17||12:15||#1: No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event Day 2||--|
|6:10||#3: No-Limit Hold'em Shot Clock Shootout||$1,150|
|Jan. 18||12:10||#4: Pot-Limit Omaha||$1,150|
|12:30||#1: No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event Day 3||--|
|6:10||#5: No-Limit Hold'em Mix Max||$1,150|
|Jan. 19||12:10||#6: No-Limit Hold'em Six Max||$1,150|
|Jan. 20||12:10||#7: 8-Game Mixed||$2,500|
|6:10||#8: No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1a||$1,150|
|Jan. 21||12:10||#8: No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1b||$1,150|
|Jan. 22||12:10||#8: No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 1c||$1,150|
|2:10||#9: $25,000 Challenge Day 1||$25,000|
|Jan. 23||12:10||#8: No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 2||--|
|2:10||#10: No-Limit Hold'em Bounty||$1,650|
|2:30||#9: $25,000 Challenge Day 2||--|
|Jan. 24||12:30||#11: Main Event Day 1a||$10,600|
|1:00||#8: No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator Day 3||--|
|2:10||#12: $100,000 Challenge Day 1||$100,000|
|2:30||#13: No-Limit Hold'em Terminator||$1,150|
|Jan. 25||12:30||#11: Main Event Day 1b||$10,600|
|2:10||#12: $100,000 Challenge Day 2||--|
|2:30||#14: Australian Poker Hall of Fame No-Limit Hold'em||$1,150|
|Jan. 26||12:30||#11: Main Event Day 1c||$10,600|
|6:10||#15: No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha||$1,150|
|Jan. 27||12:30||#11: Main Event Day 2||--|
|6:10||#16: No-Limit Hold'em||$2,500|
|Jan. 28||12:30||#11: Main Event Day 3||--|
|2:10||#17: Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions||$1,150|
|6:10||#18: Pot-Limit Omaha||$2,500|
|Jan. 29||12:30||#11: Main Event Day 4||--|
|2:10||#19: No-Limit Hold'em Shot Clock Six Max||$2,500|
|Jan. 30||12:10||#20: No-Limit Hold'em "Deep Freeze" Day 1||$1,500|
|2:10||#12: $100,000 Challenge Day 3||--|
|6:10||#21: No-Limit Hold'em Six Max||$5,000|
|Jan. 31||12:10||#20: No-Limit Hold'em "Deep Freeze" Day 2||--|
|12:15||#22: LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Day 1||$250,000|
|12:30||#11: Main Event Day 5||--|
|2:10||#23: Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Shot Clock||$1,150|
|Feb. 1||12:10||#20: No-Limit Hold'em "Deep Freeze" Day 3||--|
|12:15||#24: Pot-Limit Omaha||$5,000|
|2:30||#22: LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Day 2||--|