The 2016 Aussie Millions was a smash hit. Partnerships with PokerStars and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) helped, as did the stellar lineup of tournaments with something for every level of player. And the icing on the cake was livestreaming by Jason Somerville, as the newly-dubbed Team PokerStars Pro brought his Twitch audience straight into the action with exclusive broadcasts.
This year, dare we say, is going to be bigger and better. It is the 20th anniversary of one of the world’s largest live poker tournament series, and the Aussies always know how to throw a good party. But how do we know the 2017 Australian poker championship will be so great? A big hint is that Aussie Millions Tournament Director Joel Williams said so. “The stage has never been brighter, and the team are all hard at work to make the next event the biggest and best yet.”
Prepare Party RSVPs
The initial party, errr, 2017 Aussie Millions Poker Championship announcement included some basic but important information.
Of course, the action will take place in the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia. Tournament play will kick off on January 11 and run for 20 days. There will be satellites to every big event, cash games, and daily tournaments, along with the official schedule of events to be revealed soon. The series will feature more than 20 official gold ring events, and the poker festival will be spread across nearly 100 poker tables in the Crown complex.
The highlight of it all will be the Aussie Millions Main Event, set to run from January 22-29 (Sunday through Sunday). There will be three starting flights to satisfy the ever-increasing turnout.
Players are already gearing up for the action with a second Aussie Millions Warm-Up Week. It was so popular last month that another running is scheduled to start September 12 of this year. It is an opportunity for players at Crown Poker to win a seat into the Aussie Millions Main Event next January through nightly $250 Mega Satellites and a $550 Deepstack Satellite. And players can start qualifying for FREE with daily Mega Satellite qualifiers.
It is always difficult to know what gift to buy for those who have everything. When making plans for the January trip to the Aussie Millions, the best bet is to just bring your wallet, swim gear (it will be summer in Australia in January!), and maybe a nice outfit to wear for that final table.
Traditionally, a 20th anniversary gift is China. Since that can be difficult to transport, just consider that the Aussie Millions is the longest-running tournament in the Asia-Pacific region, so Chinese players are already planning to compete. The modern 20th anniversary gift is platinum. Charge your room to your platinum credit card?
In reality, Crown will be offering gifts, as in poker for everyone during the last 20 days of January. After 20 years of doing it, they know how to draw players in from every corner of the globe. The 1998 Australian Poker Championships started it all, when the Main Event was a Limit Hold’em tournament with a $1K buy-in that attracted 74 players. And it’s obvious to see how they’ve grown in 20 years, as last year’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship drew 732 entries to the $10K buy-in Main Event and paid Ari Engel $1.6 million for his victory.