One of the best tournament festivals just about every serious poker player has their eyes on is the Aussie Millions. For players in Australia, it is the hottest action of the year and one might say it is the hottest action of the winter for others since they can get out of the cold since it is summer time in Australia.
This year's festival takes place from Jan. 11 to 30 at the Crown Melbourne with 25 action-packed events across 20 days. The highlight of the poker festival is the AUD $10,600 Aussie Millions Main Event taking place from Jan. 22 to 29 with three opening days followed by five more days of action until the latest winner is crowned.
While there are many tournaments on the schedule with lower price points (and higher as well), many players will choose to satellite into the Main Event rather than pay the full cost.
Players can qualify either online at 888poker or live at the casino room with satellites running around the clock leading up to the event.
Qualify Into the Aussie Millions Main Event at 888poker
For players not already in Australia, trying to qualify into the Aussie Millions Main Event online, is probably the best initial path. 888poker offers two options, one that is for a seat only, valued at $8,250, and the other for a $10,000 package that includes the buy-in for the Main Event, three-night hotel accommodation at the Crown Promenade Hotel from Jan. 24-26 and $1,000 in cash for travel expenses.
The next satellite for a seat is Dec. 25 at 12:05 p.m. GMT with a $1,050. Players begin with 5,000 in a deep structured event and can rebuy up to two times during the first two hours of the tournament.
For players more interested in winning a package, the next satellite takes place on Dec. 27 at 12:05 p.m. GMT, also with the same $1,050 buy-in and the same structure as the seat-only qualifier.
Of course, both satellites have plenty of feeders and players can work their way up the ladder and qualify in for as little as one penny.
It has been brought to our attention by Ari Engel that there is a discrepancy between the Aussie Millions Main Event Seat Value that a player can win at 888Poker ($8,250) and the actual value of an Aussie Millions main event seat ($7615 according to current exchange rates). PokerNews has reached out to 888Poker, and have been told that "888 will do the final calculation of exchange rates once we transfer the money to the casino. We will pay the players the difference accordingly if the value of the package exceeds the value of the actual seat based on those exchange rates."
Plenty of Satellites at Crown Melbourne Too
Players already near Melbourne, Australia can qualify into the Aussie Millions Main Event for as little as AUD $130 in satellites frequently running live at the Crown Melbourne poker room. There are also many satellites running for other events players wish to play in for cheaper than the advertised buy-in.
There are also a handful of freeroll satellites with AUD $10 rebuys to qualify into one the many AUD $250 Aussie Millions Main Event MEGA Satellites.
For players planning to head to Aussie Millions with or without a ticket to the events they wish to play already, there are also plenty of satellites running just before events kick off. In addition to the plethora of live satellites taking place before the Aussie Millions kicks off, during the poker festival, there are up to eight satellites each day during the festival as well.
For those just interested in the Main Event, there are plenty of satellites to choose from including theAussie Millions Main Event Rebuy Satellite on Jan. 17 at 9:10 p.m. local time which guarantees at least one seat and costs just AUD $130 to enter with AUD $100 rebuys.
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