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2015 Aussie Millions Schedule Announced

by | Published: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Last Friday, Crown Melbourne announced its schedule for the illustrious Aussie Millions Poker Championship in 2015. The series will kick off the New Year, beginning on Wednesday, January 14 and running through to Monday, February 2, 2015. It will consist of 21 events.

crown: aussie millions logoHeadlining the schedule will be the ever-popular Aussie Millions Main Event, which will run from Sunday, January 25 through to Sunday, February 1. The winner of the Main Event will take home an estimated AU$1.6 million. This is the same grand prize Ami Barer took home in this year’s event, which was an event to remember. Barer topped a field of 668 players, defeating Sorel Mizzi along with an entire final table of poker pros in a final day that lasted a grueling 12 hours.

Also returning to the schedule for another year are the mouth-watering big buy-in “Challenge” events, which include the: $25,000 Challenge, $100,000 Challenge, and LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge. These “Challenge” tournaments draw impressive numbers, which aren’t limited to the impressive Main Event. In 2014, the $25K Challenge received 65 entries, the $100K Challenge drew 76 entries, and Phil Ivey topped a field of 46 entries to take out the LK Boutique $250K Challenge.

“Crown Melbourne’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship has effectively become one of the top poker majors and a favorite amongst some of the most renowned players in the world,” said Crown Melbourne’s Director of Poker Jim Preston. “And the stage has never been brighter.”

In 2014, the Aussie Millions Main Event partnered with the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour for the first time, and following a successful run it appears the partnership will remain in 2015. Because of the partnership, the Aussie Millions schedule has to be pushed back to begin later in January. This is to allow players the chance to compete in both the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Aussie Millions. The PCA is scheduled to take place from January 6-14 in 2015, which means players travelling on to Melbourne won’t miss the majority of the Aussie Millions schedule.

Read on to see the full schedule for the 2015 Aussie Millions Schedule:

Date Time Event
Wed, Jan 14 6:15 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1a
Thurs, Jan 15 6:15 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1b
Fri, Jan 16 12:30 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1c
Sat, Jan 17 12:30 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1d
Sun, Jan 18 12:30 PM #1: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2
  2:15 PM #2: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Shot-Clock Shootout
Mon, Jan 19 12:30 PM #3: $2,500 8-Game Mixed
Tues, Jan 20 12:30 PM #4: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em
Wed, Jan 21 12:30 PM #5: $1,150 Pot-Limit Omaha
  6:15 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1a
Thurs, Jan 22 12:30 PM #7: $2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
  2:15 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1b
Fri, Jan 23 12:30 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 1c
  2:15 PM #8: $25,000 Challenge Day 1
Sat, Jan 24 12:30 PM #6: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Accumulator Day 2
  2:15 PM #9: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Terminator
  2:30 PM #8: $25,000 Challenge Day 2
Sun, Jan 25 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 1a
  2:15 PM #11: $100,000 Challenge Day 1
  2:30 PM #12: $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty
Mon, Jan 26 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 1b
  2:15 PM #11: $100,000 Challenge Day 2
  2:30 PM #13: $1,150 Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions
Tues, Jan 27 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 1c
  4:15 PM #14: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha
Wed, Jan 28 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 2
  6:15 PM #15: $1,150 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed-Max
Thurs, Jan 29 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 3
  2:15 PM #16: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Fri, Jan 30 12:30 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 4
  2:15 PM #17: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shot-Clock Six-Max
Sat, Jan 31 12:30 PM #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em “Deep Freeze” Day 1
  2:15 PM #11: $100,000 Challenge Day 3
  6:15 PM #19: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max
Sun, Feb 1 12:15 PM #10: $10,600 Main Event Day 5
  12:30 PM #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em “Deep Freeze” Day 2
  2:15 PM #20: $1,150 Australian Poker Hall of Fame No-Limit Hold’em
  2:30 PM #21: The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Day 1
Mon, Feb 2 12:30 PM #18: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em “Deep Freeze” Day 3
  2:30 PM #21: The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Day 2


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Queenstown Snowfest reaches day 2

by | Published: Friday, July 27th, 2012

After three grueling days of poker action the three flights of day 1 have now concluded in the Queenstown Snowfest tournament.

The Queenstown Snowfest is one of the most unique poker events in the world. The event is a part of: the New Zealand Poker Tour, the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour and the inaugural event of this year’s Asia Pacific Poker Tour. Not only that, but the Queenstown Snowfest is held in one of the most picturesque casinos on earth; SKYCITY Queenstown. Queenstown is a beautiful tourist town located on the South Island of New Zealand. While not at the tables poker players can enjoy breathtaking views, numerous ski resorts and many adventure activities, such as bungee-jumping.

The field of 149 players was split into three flights because of the small size of SKYCITY Queenstown. This is the biggest field in the history of the event with the winner to take home over $100,000 for the first time. The first flight was dominated by Australian Pokerstars Pokerstars qualifier David Allan. Allan finished the day with a commanding $98,200 in chips with his aggressive play and brilliant reads paying dividends.  2011 ANZPT Sydney champion, Michael Kannan also fared well finishing the flight in 3rd position with $88,350 in chips. Kannan had an up and down day, fighting back from a short stack late in the day. Lithuanian  player Laurynas Levinskas is well placed with $84,625 in chips and will be looking to make his move on day 2.

Big name poker players from the region, Jacky Wang and Tom Grigg, were overshadowed in the second flight by qualifier Ken Demlakian, who slowly and steadily, built himself a sizeable chip lead. Demlakian finished the flight with over $10,000 more chips than nearest rival, New Zealand pro, James Honeybone. Colorful professional Billy “The Croc” Argyros was consistently the center of attention with the veteran winning a big hand against Matt Wakeman late in the day to put himself in a good position, going into day 2. Ivan Kalac, Corey Kempson and Jonathan Dangio are all well placed to make a deep run in the tournament.

The third flight was headlined by Australian Poker Hall of Fame member Lee Nelson. Unfortunately, the 2006 Aussie Millions Champion was one of the first players eliminated. Fellow veteran pro, Leo Boxell, fared better and despite being relatively short-stacked is always a threat in AAPT tournaments. Flight three was dominated by Australians with the seven highest chip counts held by Aussies. Leading the pack was Nurlan Boobekov who, like Demlakian the day before, slowly amassed a sizeable advantage. Team Pokerstars Pokerstars pro Bryan Huang kept himself in contention and sits mid field with $39,925 in chips.

Heading into day 2, 87 players remain who all will be hoping to make the top 15 and take home some cash. The field will once again be split, this time into two flights, before joining together at 7.30PM this evening. Will David Allan continue to dominate or will somebody make a charge from the bottom of the leaderboard? will keep you updated as the tournament reaches its finale.

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