Crown Australian Poker Championship
The Australian Poker Championship, widely known as Aussie Millions, is a series of poker tournaments that take place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. With a total prize money of $ A over 7 million it was in 2006, the tournament with the highest total prize money in the southern hemisphere.
Poker was introduced in July 1997 in the "Crown" and the first major tournament was held in July 1998. The main event was a $ 1,000 limit hold'em tournament A, which was attended by 74 people, and in which a total prize money of $ 74,000 A was issued.
The first Crown Australian Poker Championship took place in January 2001. 40 players took part, who had shopped for each $ 5,000 A. It was played by a total amount of $ 200,000 A. At the tournament in January 2003 played a number of 122 players to the total amount of $ 1,200,000 A.
In January 2005, 263 players paid an amount of $ 10 000 A to participate in the No Limit Holdem Main Event. Thus, the largest prize money amount of the Southern Hemisphere of $ 2,630,000 was A. About half of the participants were players from abroad, including from New Zealand, England, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, USA, Sweden, Holland, Canada, Italy and Lebanon.
2006 418 players competed for a share of the $ 4,180,000 A prize money, including some of the biggest poker names such as WSOP Champion Joe Hachem.
The Main Event 2007 began on 14 January 2007, the final table was played on January 19, 2007. The buy-in was $ 10,500 A (10,000 500 U.S. dollars $ A A). 747 players took part, and so formed a total prize money of $ 7,470,000 A. The best 80 players were in the money, and received prizes between $ 15,000 and A $ 1,500,000 A.
In 2007 there were in addition to the $ 10,000 Main Event A further twelve tournaments. Among other things, there was a tournament with a buy-in of $ 100,500 A. The winner Erick Lindgren Erik Seidel defeated in the heads up.
The 2008 tournament ended on Sunday, January 20, 2008 with the 21- year-old Russian winner Alexander Kostritsyn. The buy-in was AU $ 10.500, -. 780 players created a prize pool of AU $ 7,800,000, -. The best 80 players were in the money, and received prizes between $ 15,000 and A $ 1,650,000 A.
The 2009 tournament ended on 26 January 2009. Emerged as the winner of the Australian Stewart Scott. The buy-in was AU $ 10.500, -. 681 players created a prize pool of AU $ 6,810,000, -. The best 64 players were in the money, and received prizes between $ 15,000 and A $ 2,000,000 A.
- 2003 - Peter Costa
- 2004 - Tony Bloom
- 2005 - Jamil Dia
- 2006 - Lee Nelson
- 2007 - Gus Hansen
- 2008 - Alexander Kostritsyn
- 2009 - Scott Steward
- 2010 - Tyron Krost
- 2011 - David Gorr
- 2012 - Oliver Speidel
- 2013 - Mervin Chan