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Crown Resorts Limited Acquires Las Vegas Site

by | Published: Saturday, August 9th, 2014

It was revealed earlier this week that Crown Resorts Limited acquired a 34.6-acre vacant site on Las Vegas Boulevard for approximately $280 million. The site, which was previously occupied by the New Frontier Casino, was bought via a foreclosure auction.

Crown Resorts, while new to the American scene, is one of the largest entertainment groups in Australia. The corporation is behind the southern hemisphere’s most prestigious tournament series – the Aussie Millions. The schedule for the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship was just released, which you can read about here.

Crown Resorts have created a new unnamed resort company for the Las Vegas site, along with Andrew Pascal—former President and COO of Wynn Las Vegas—and with financial support from Oaktree Capital Management L.P.

Plans for the site are still being finalized, but according to a press release the company is set to break ground in the latter half of 2015 and have the project complete by 2018.

crown resort casino“For over 25 years, I’ve studied the ever‐shifting Las Vegas landscape,” said Pascal, who will serve as a Chairman and CEO of the new company. “I’ve always been inspired by this city’s capacity for reinvention. I’m excited to have my hand in crafting something new and fresh for the resurgent Las Vegas market.”

Likewise, Chairman of Crown Resorts Limited James Packer, who will also serve as a Chairman of the new company said, “You can’t be in the gaming industry and not have a special reverence for Las Vegas — that’s where it all began. As we have built Crown Resorts into a thriving international company with successful casino ventures in Australia, Macau, and London, we’ve always kept our eye on Las Vegas. And while we fell short in past attempts to enter that market, we now have the ideal opportunity — with a great local partner in Andrew, a leading financial investor in Oaktree, and the perfect piece of property.”

“We acquired our interest in the storied Frontier site because we believed it was the best piece of undeveloped land on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Bruce Karsh, President of Oaktree, a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments. “When Andrew approached us and shared his vision for the site and his partnership with Crown, we were eager to reinvest a portion of the proceeds from our debt investment and become an equity partner in their exciting new venture.”

This is Crown’s third attempt at gaining entry into the Las Vegas scene after Fontainebleau Resorts LLC and Cannery Casino Resorts LLC both failed to develop.

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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 PokerStars.net 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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Global Poker Index: McDonald Rejoins To 10

by | Published: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.

 

2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Keven Stammen 893.30 -
2 Ole Schemion 803.21 -
3 Alex Bilokur 800.07 -
4 Scott Seiver 633.26 -
5 Shyam Srinivasan 626.96 -
6 Mike McDonald 608.20 -
7 Byron Kaverman 600.23 -
8 Ami Barer 594.74 -
9 Dan Heimiller 588.53 2
10 Alexander Denisov 581.06 -1

 

Photo: WPT

After Dan Heimiller’s efforts over the past couple of weeks, with wins at the Chicago Poker Classic, he’s broken back into the Top 10 GPI Player of the Year race – straight into 9th place. Heimiller finished 61st in the Heartland Poker Tour California State Poker Championship this week, and his 21st cash prize of 2014 shot him straight back into the top 10.

Jeff Madsen, winner of the California State Poker Championship, is now right outside the top 10 at No. 11 position. His win netted him $160,060 to his pockets and shot him up 13 places on the list.

Keven Stammen remains at the top of the POY race with close to 900 points, but his score hasn’t changed since last week. Neither has second placer Ole Schemion behind by just 90 points, who also happened to win the 2013 GPI Play of the Year.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3971.85 -
2 Scott Seiver 3710.41 -
3 Byron Kaverman 3450.70 1
4 Vanessa Selbst 3427.99 1
5 Marvin Rettenmaier 3366.52 1
6 Philipp Gruissem 3360.90 -3
7 Dan Smith 3339.95 -
8 Stephen Chidwick 3282.26 -
9 Mike McDonald 3241.52 7
10 Jason Mercier 3222.40 -1

 

Schemion may still be trailing to Stammen in the Player of the Year race, but he’s well and truly out in front in the Top 10 of the GPI 300 players. With a score of 3971.85, he’s over 260 points clear of his nearest rival Scott Seiver.

Mike McDonald is back in the top 10, jumping seven places to land at No. 9. The player nicknamed “Timex” has cashed only two prizes since his Aussie Millions win, but three of his first four wins were for over one million dollars, which gives him some leeway.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Philipp Gruissem dropped three places to No. 6. The German’s score will only continue to fall, since his score from the GuangDong Asia Millions will fall into Zone 3 in a few weeks’ time. Marvin Rettenmaier, Vanessa Selbst, and Byron Kaverman all benefitted from his slide, moving up one spot each.

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The 2014 Aussie Millions to Premiere on ESPN on Sunday, April 20

by | Published: Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The Asia-Pacific region’s richest and most prestigious poker series, the 2014 Aussie Millions, is headed to television. The series wrapped up back in February at Crown Casino in Melbourne, and will be making its television debut on Sunday, April 20 at 9:00 PM EST on ESPN Australia.

The broadcast will consist of 12 one-hour episodes that will air every Sunday evening. The premiere episode will feature the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event, which was a part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) for the first time. Future episodes will feature the likes of the $100,000 Challenge, the $250,000 Challenge and the High-Stakes Cash Game.

“Crown is thrilled to be working together with APPT and ESPN in showcasing the 2014 Aussie Millions,” said Jim Preston, Crown Melbourne’s Director of Poker. “This premiere will be a world exclusive featuring the best international poker players in some of the biggest buy-in events in poker. Crown Melbourne and the Aussie Millions, along with the city of Melbourne, will be showcased to worldwide audiences.”

Viewers will see the likes of ESPN sports anchor Russell ‘The Sportsguy’ Barwick and model, television presenter, and 2011 Miss Universe Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs as hosts of the programs. While expert poker commentators will include ‘The Voice’ of Australian poker, Paul Khoury, and Grant Levy, one of Australia’s most successful and respected poker champions, who is recognized worldwide for his analytical skills.

“The Aussie Millions has always been my favorite poker series and is such a strong and well represented brand worldwide. To be involved in the production for Crown Melbourne, APPT and ESPN is a great privilege,” said Levy, the 2007 APPT Grand Final Champion.

To summarize, the details of the Aussie Millions premiere are:

  • Program: Crown’s 2014 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
  • Network: ESPN Australia
  • Dates: Premiere Sunday April 20, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 PM EST

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Phil Ivey Scores $4M in 2014 Aussie Millions $250K Challenge

by | Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

In a case of history repeating itself, Phil Ivey has won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the second time in three years.

Returning to the tournament scene in spectacular fashion in 2012 by taking the Aussie Millions title, Ivey managed to do it again on Monday. However, this time around he pocketed double his winnings from two years ago by banking AU$4,000,000—the largest single cash prize of his career.

The record-setting event contained 46 entrants, and Ivey was one of the few players to only fire one AU$250,000 bullet. Ivey was never top of the leaderboard, heading into Day 2 in seventh overall position with 622,000 chips, and the eight-handed televised final table in second-last position with 976,000 chips. Nevertheless, he successfully battled his way back into the mix and eventually top position.

Max Altergott was the first player eliminated from the table in eighth place. His elimination meant the remaining seven players were each on the verge of winning at least AU$500,000. Unfortunately for Erik Seidel, he just missed out with his bust in seventh place.

Seidel fell to Fabian Quoss during Level 14 after betting all in for around 15 big blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000. With that, the remaining six players were guaranteed a payday of at least half a million Australian dollars.

After that, Tom Dwan fell in sixth place (AU$500,000), Quoss hit the rails in fifth place (AU$800,000), Daniel Negreanu was eliminated in fourth place (AU$1,250,000), and Mike McDonald busted in third (AU$1,900,000) leaving Ivey up against Isaac Haxton. Both Negreanu and McDonald were in the event for three bullets (AU$750,000) and managed to pull off a profit.

Haxton was just trying to get himself unstuck from his unsuccessful 2014 Aussie Millions run. After busting in both the $25,000 Challenge and the Main Event, and firing six bullets in the $100,000 Challenge and two bullets in this event he had racked up a total of AU$1,600,00 in buy-ins. By finishing runner-up and claiming AU$2,820,000 he managed to do very well for himself.

Haxton went into the heads-up play with the lead—6.15 million to Ivey’s 5.35 million—and even had Ivey down around the two million mark at one stage. But like the rest of the Challenge, Ivey fought his way back to the top. On the final hand, Ivey limped the button for 160,000 and Haxton had to raise all in from the big blind if he had any hope of winning. But the board sealed the deal for Ivey and Haxton was eliminated in second place.

Ivey’s win moved his total lifetime tournaments earnings to over $20,000,000 and he moved into second position on poker’s all-time money list. He also became the first two-time winner of the $250,000 Challenge, quite the feat considering the event has only run four times.

2014 Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge Final Table Results

Finish    Player                                 Prize (AU$)

1              Phil Ivey                            $4,000,000

2              Isaac Haxton                   $2,820,000

3              Mike McDonald               $1,900,000

4              Daniel Negreanu           $1,250,000

5              Fabian Quoss                 $800,000

6              Tom Dwan                       $500,000

 

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