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From the CEO and Editor (#18)

Written by Andrew W Scott

Crown’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship, Asia-Pacific’s largest and most prestigious poker tournament, is hosted by Crown Melbourne, one of the world’s leading integrated entertainment resorts.

Commencing on Thursday, 17 January 2013, players at the Aussie Millions will have the opportunity to compete in some of the game’s most popular variations and sit alongside some of the most notable poker players from around the globe.

With an impressive line-up of tournaments, including the opening event, the no limit hold’em 2-day event, the Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament and the Super High Roller events such as the AU$100,000 and $250,000 Challenges, poker enthusiasts will be able to witness some of the greatest players in the world competing in Melbourne at Crown.

The Aussie Millions Main Event will start on Sunday 27 January and is expected to smash all previous records and prize pools. The world-class poker staff at Crown are always available to assist with queries you may have relating to the Aussie Millions, our award winning hotels (Crown Towers, Crown Metropol, Crown Promenade), our restaurants, tours and much more.

On behalf of the entire Aussie Millions team we look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne for the summer and wish you the best of luck at the poker tables during the 2012 World Series of Poker.

Kind regards

Greg Hawkins
Chief Executive Officer
Crown Melbourne

Welcome to World Gaming’s 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship special issue. When the idea of making a special issue of World Gaming to be distributed at the 2012 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas arose, I was instantly hooked. The WSOP and the Aussie Millions are two poker tournaments very dear to my heart. One because it is the undisputed biggest and best in the world, and the other because it is the premier event of my homeland, Australia, and my adopted home, Asia.

Our magazine is mainly distributed in Macau and throughout the rest of Asia and Australia, so many of you will be seeing World Gaming for the first time. If you like what you read, please pick up a free 12 month subscription by visiting our website No strings attached, and we even pay the postage!

Thanks to our Editor James Potter and Deputy Editor Ben Wilson, our designers Lem Wong, Chen Tao and Desmond Fox, all our contributors and everyone else who made this magazine possible.

I could wax lyrical about the wonders of Crown Melbourne, the Aussie Millions and Melbourne in January during our perfect Aussie summer, but there are plenty of others within these pages doing that already.

I play the WSOP each year, so if you see me please say hi. I’ve also played the Aussie Millions almost every year since its inception in 2003, and there’s no doubt I’ll be there once again in January for the 2013 instalment. I’d love to see you there!

Play well and run good

Andrew W Scott
Chief Executive Officer
World Gaming Magazine Limited

From the Editor

Putting together this magazine about the Aussie Millions was an easy task for me. Crown Melbourne is where I started my professional poker career well over a decade ago. The poker room holds wonderful memories, as does the Aussie Millions Poker Championship itself, having made numerous final tables over the years.

I’ve traveled the world playing poker but I honestly only ever feel at home when I am at Crown. With the Aussie Millions, Crown has created a fantastic tournament, run by top-class poker room staff.

I haven’t always lived in Melbourne and Crown is like a home away from home to me. Even the most discerning Las Vegas or Macau visitor will be surprised at just how well we do the casino thing here “down under”. Crown is not just a casino it’s a world-class complex with everything you need under one roof.

I would urge you to come down and enjoy this wonderful country and everything on offer during summer in Australia. Our country, and especially Melbourne, is a wonderful place for families and singles alike. The incredible café culture and most vibrant array of international cuisines in the Southern Hemisphere will have you clamoring for more. Sports fans will enjoy the incredible events Melbourne offers at this time of year, such as the Australian Open tennis. You can hire a car or jump on a plane and find there is a huge range of Australia’s “must do” attractions right at your fingertips.

But even more important than all this is the fact you can enjoy one of the best poker carnivals in the world. With its incredible schedule of events, Crown’s famed Aussie Millions is simply world class.

I hope you enjoy coming to the Aussie Millions as much as I have enjoyed telling you about it. See you all down here in January.

James Potter
World Gaming Magazine Limited