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Two Poker Players Disqualified From Aussie Millions

Two Players Attempt To Switch Places In Repechage Event

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The first day of the 2012 Aussie Millions did not run as smooth as expected with two players attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the Crown Poker Room staff.

Players turned out in droves from all corners of the globe for the first day of the 2012 Aussie Millions and the popular $1,100 opening event which features a repechage format and, this year, four hours of late registration. Of the 274 players who attended the first of three starting days, two would be sent to the sidelines with their heads hanging low, according to www.pokerasiapacific.com.

With no names released, an incident occurred when a player was eliminated from the tournament and then was spotted by an eagle-eyed member of staff back at the felt with a whole new stack of chips. The player responsible for giving him/her the chips realized they were unable to play day 2 on Sunday due to other commitments so when their table broke, the player handed the chips and seating card to the eliminated player and that player then made their way to the new table and began to play as if the stack was their own.

A tournament supervisor made the surprising discovery (this is a repechage event after all), which surveillance confirmed. Both players were immediately disqualified and Poker Asia Pacific reported that they will be banned from Crown Casino for a substantial period of time.

Aside from this however, some good news came in the form of the announcement of the 10th Anniversary Tournament of Champions, which will take place on Jan. 21 at 7.30 p.m. (local time). This event will see the previous nine main event winners fight for a life-long entry into the Aussie Millions main event.