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Off to the Aussie Millions

Written by Ben Blaschke

It’s been a busy few weeks of poker in the Asia-Pacific region with the running of the record-breaking 20th Macau Poker Cup and it’s not going to slow down any time soon.

This week sees the Opening event of the Aussie Millions get underway as we prepare ourselves for a huge few weeks down in Melbourne. With a hefty AU$10,600 buy-in, the Aussie Millions was first held back in 1998 under the name of the Australian Poker Championships and has since grown to become one of the most prestigious and popular events on the planet.

Consistently luring the biggest names in the poker world, the Aussie Millions counts the likes of Gus Hansen, Alexander Kostritsyn, Lee Nelson and Tony Bloom among its winners.

The 2014 version of this event sees yet another milestone in its evolution following the recent announcement that it would now double as the first leg of this year’s Asia Pacific Poker Tour. It is to be seen what affect this will have on player numbers but the hope is that the increased online presence afford by PokerStars will boost the number of online qualifiers – particularly in and around Asia.

This year’s Aussie Millions schedule will see 19 Championship events taking place at Crown in Melbourne, starting with the popular AU$1,100 Opening event from Thursday 23 January.

Malaysia's Mervin Chan will be back to defend his Aussie Millions title in 2014

Malaysia’s Mervin Chan will be back to defend his Aussie Millions title in 2014

Other highlights include the AU$25,000 Challenge, the AU$1,100 6-max and the AU$250,000 Challenge. In an interesting twist, all events on the schedule this year will allow for at least one rebuy.

In 2013 it was Malaysia’s Mervin Chan going all the way to win the Aussie Millions main Event and let’s hope the title heads back to Asia once again this time around.