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Schedule Set for 2009 Aussie Millions Poker Tournament

More than 800 Players Expected for Main Event


The Aussie Millions main event could attract more than 800 players this year.There will be 18 championship events, millions of dollars in prize money, and multiple world champions in attendance.

Organizers are expecting the 2009 Aussie Millions, already established as one of the biggest annual poker tournaments in the world, to continue to grow, and they have established a guaranteed first-place prize that reflects that confidence.

First place for this year’s main event will pay at least AUD $2 million (about $1.3 million). Last year’s winner, Alexander Kostritsyn, won AUD $1.65 million.

The tournament series, which debuted in 1998, is considered one of the premier poker events in the world. World Series of Poker champions Joe Hachem and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson will return to Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, to compete in this year’s event, as will other star pros, such as 2007 Aussie Millions champ Gus Hansen, World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton, and European Poker Tour champion Patrik Antonius.

Gus Hansen always has a good time in Melbourne.The series will run Jan. 4-26. This year, there will be a two-day H.O.R.S.E. tournament (AUD $10,200 entry fee), a bounty-filled hold’em feature event (AUD $1,650), and the high-priced No-Limit Hold’em Challenge (AUD $100,000), which regularly attracts some of the biggest players in the game. The past three winners of the Challenge were Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, and John Juanda.

The main event (AUD $10,500) will kick off Jan. 18, with the final table scheduled for Jan. 24.

The main event has grown every single year since 2004, when it had just 133 entrants. Last year’s tournament featured a record 780 entrants. The Aussie Millions is the richest and longest-running poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fox Sports Net will televise the 2009 Aussie Millions in an eight-part series.

2009 Aussie Millions schedule