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The Aussie Millions  at the Crown Casino in Melbourne is one of the premier live poker festivals of the year. The series has grown since its days as the Australian Poker Championships in the late 1990s, and the Aussie Millions hit new heights in 2008 when the Main Event garnered 780 entrants and a $7.8 million prize pool.

The 2016 is set to be one of the years that records are set. Now in partnership with PokerStars and part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) in its tenth season, the Aussie Millions is expecting big names and large crowds over the course of its month-long tournament series.

Action kicks off on January 13, 2016. And the first tournament on the schedule is a big one – a $1,150 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event with four starting flights and a $1 million prize pool guarantee.

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The variety of tournaments is evident by the second day, as a $2,500 HORSE event is on tap, with a $1,150 NLHE Shot Clock Shootout, $1,150 Pot Limit Omaha, $1,150 Mix-Max NLHE, and $2,500 8-Game all in the first week. There is truly something for every player at the Aussie Millions.

For the high-stakes players, there are three options. The first will begin on January 22, a $25K buy-in NLHE event scheduled for two days. The second is a $100K buy-in that starts on January 24 for three days, and the final and ultimate high roller event is a two-day $250K Challenge on January 31 and February 1.

The Main Event is a $10,600 buy-in NLHE tournament starts January 24 with three starting flights and a final table set for January 31. Last year, the event drew 648 players and a $1,385,500 payday for winner Manny Stavropoulos.

Manny Stavropoulos

Credit: PokerStars/APPT

As all expectations are that the festival will be huge, satellites are already running and will heat up as the Aussie Millions start date nears. Step satellites start at only $65 for the preliminary events, and qualifiers for the Main Event will be available at the Crown Casino for as little as $130. Of course, PokerStars players can qualify online as well.

The cash games will be in full effect throughout the Aussie Millions, with more than 50 tables set up for all types of poker variations at stakes from $1/$2 NLHE to high-stakes action for the big spenders.

And finally, one of the most exciting announcements about the upcoming Aussie Millions came across the wire just this week. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville will be bringing his account to Melbourne for a partnership that makes it the exclusive broadcast partner for the series.

Somerville will stream the 2016 Aussie Millions from January 24 through February 1, and Twitch followers will be able to watch the action and interact with Somerville throughout the period. This will be a unique experience for fans from around the world who aren’t able to make it to Melbourne but want to follow their favorite pros and hear a pro player’s perspective on the Crown happenings via the online broadcast.

“I am eager to help pioneer a modern poker broadcast that will not only showcase Crown Melbourne as the premiere poker destination that it is,” said Somerville in the announcement, “but also highlight live streaming, an unparalleled platform in delivering engaging and compelling content to fans of the game we love.”

Somerville told Poker Update at the PCA this week that he will be flying home to Las Vegas from the Bahamas on January 15, and a three-day turnover will find him on a flight to Australia on January 18. He will be ready for some exciting live streaming on Run it UP TV from the Crown Casino not long after he gets settled in Down Under. He will broadcast live during the $100K, $250K, and Main Event tournaments.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.