Aussie Millions 2018 Poker Championship – All set to roll out with new hopes for high rollers

Aussie Millions 2018

The Australian Poker Championship, commonly known as Aussie Millions, is a series of poker tournaments held at the Crown Casino, in Melbourne, Australia. The Main Event of the series is the Southern Hemisphere’s richest poker tournament with a prize pool in excess of A$7 million.

Aussie Millions 2018 poker championship schedule will have 26 different events and will featured buy-ins ranging from AU$1,150 to AU$100,000. The new schedule has also one big chance as the AU$250,000 buy-in Challenge will not run in 2018. Last year the event failed to attract enough players to even run, which has now resulted the Crown Melbourne to cancel the event altogether.

The AU$250,000 Challenge

Known as super high roller the AU$250,000 Challenge was first introduced to the schedule in 2011, when Erik Seidel won the event for AU$2,5 million. With a number of other poker events adding tournaments with buy-ins comparable to that of the $100,000 Challenge, the Aussie Millions is claimed as the world’s highest. Since then, the World Series of Poker has held an official event with a US$1 million buy-in. It was originally scheduled to be a heads-up no-limit event, but the organisers changed the format twice, settling on what they thought would be a single-table no-limit hold ’em tournament. However, 20 players entered the inaugural $250K tournament, including major stars Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Tom Dwan, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, David Benyamine and Annette Obrestad, plus Sam Trickett, who had just won that year’s $100K event. Seidel, who had finished second in the $100K event, won the $2.5 million first prize, defeating Trickett in heads-up play

The 2012 event was won by Ivey, who defeated 15 other players to win $2 million, the largest prize of his career. Trickett won the 2013 event, also winning $2 million after defeating 17 other players.( Phil Ivey has managed to win the event not one, but three times (2012, 2014 and 2015) for a combined +AU$8,2 million)

There will be no AU$250,000 Challenge in Aussie Millions 2018

While there will be no AU$250K Challenge in 2018, the AU$25K, AU$50K and AU$100K Challenges will ensure there is still enough high roller action to fill everyone’s appetite.

The 2018 Aussie Millions will run from Jan. 17 through Feb. 5 and the AU$10,600 Main Event is scheduled to begin Jan. 28, with the final table playing out Feb. 4. Click to know the full schedule here.

Aussie Millions main event begins with eight handed tables

If you look at the structure of the main event it is slightly different from that of most other major tournaments. While most major Hold ’em tournaments, including the World Series of Poker Main Event, play at nine-handed tables throughout, the Aussie Millions Main Event begins with eight-handed tables. Play continues eight-handed until the field is reduced to 36 players, at which point all tables are six-handed.

The High Roller Tournaments

The Aussie Millions is also known for its high roller tournaments, which have featured some of the highest buy-ins in history. The high roller trend began in 2006 when the Aussie Millions launched its $100,000 No Limit Holdem Challenge (actual buy in is $100,500, including the $500 entry fee), at that time billed as the highest buy-in of any poker tournament in history. It has a particularly unusual structure where the players start with 100,000 chips, a comparatively larger amount compared to both the Aussie Millions and WSOP Main Events. Also betting is pot limit preflop and no limit afterwards. Players are allowed only 30 seconds to act on their hands. At the start of the tournament, each player is given three extensions of 30 seconds each for use during the tournament.

The $100,000 Challenge was first played in 2006, with 10 entrants. Eighteen entered the Challenge in 2007, 25 in 2008, and 24 in 2010. Daniel Shak won the 2010 tournament for a total prize of A$1,200,000.  A record field of 38 played in the 2011 edition.

Aussie Millions 2018 schedule

Crown Melbourne is all prepared for an opening event that guarantees AUD$1 Million.  They will also be offering a No Limit Holdem Shot Clock Shootout, a Multi-day Accumulator Event, a 2-day Terminator Event and the Aussie Millions Tournament of champions.

Aussie Millions 2018 Main Highlights will be

  • Jan 26: USD$19,800 No Limit Hold’em High Roller (AUD$25,000 Challenge)
  • Jan 28: USD$8,400 Main Event
  • Jan 28: USD$39,500 No Limit Hold’em High Roller (AUD$50,000 Challenge)
  • Feb 1: USD$1,000 Tournament of Champions
  • Feb 3: USD$3,900 Six-Max
  • Feb 4: USD$79,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller (AUD$100,000 Challenge)

There has been set and hopes of a big turnout are high despite the pending online poker ban in Australia and the eyes of the poker world are one again looking ahead to the next round of major championships. In 2018 the organizers are expecting just as many players, if not more, to ante-up despite the Australian government’s push to outlaw online gaming. The 2017 festival attracted a record number of entrants (7,049) and Crown believes the ever-improving reputation of the Aussie Millions will attract a similar number of players in 2018.