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Aussie Millions $10,500 AUD Main Event Begins Sunday

Card Player Will Be Covering One of the Largest International Tournaments of the Year Live

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Gus HansenThe first Aussie Millions Poker Championship was contested in 1998 with a $1,000 buy-in event that created a $74,000 prize pool. Only 10 international participants joined the locals in Melbourne to compete for the top prize. Since then, the Aussie Millions, hosted at Crown Casino, has grown immensely; its $10,500 AUD no-limit hold’em main event drew 780 entrants last year, making it the fifth-largest major poker tournament in history outside of the United States.

Day 1A at the 2009 Aussie Millions main event begins on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 12:30 p.m. AEDT, and you can start following along with the live coverage on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. PST thanks to the 19-hour time difference. The coverage will feature live updates, chip counts, and photos, as well as daily recaps from the event.

Defending champion Alexander Kostritsyn will be in Melbourne to defend his title after winning the 2008 Aussie Millions main event and $1.65 million AUD. Other former champions of this event include Gus Hansen and Lee Nelson.

There will be three day-one flights in the tournament, which is scheduled for five days of play. The final table will take place on Saturday, Jan. 24. Players will begin with 20,000 in chips, and the levels will last for 90 minutes on day 1, and then the level length will increase to 120 minutes on day 2. There will be a 15-minute break after each level and a 75-minute dinner break after the completion of the third level each day. Tables will be seated eight-handed as soon as possible on day 1, and when the field reaches 36 players remaining, tables will be seated six-handed.

Here is a look at the schedule for the main event:

Aussie Millions $10,500 AUD main event

Day 1A: Jan. 18 – Five 90-minute levels (all tournament days begin at 12:30 p.m. AEDT -- 6:30 p.m. PST the preceding day)
Day 1B: Jan. 19 – Five 90-minue levels
Day 1C: Jan. 20 – Five 90-minute levels
Day 2: Jan. 21 – Five 120-minute levels
Day 3: Jan. 22 – Five 120-minute levels
Day 4: Jan. 23 – Play down to the final table
Final table: Jan. 24

2008 Aussie Millions $10,500 AUD main event

Alexander KostritsynBuy-in: $10,500
Number of Entries: 750
Total Prize Pool: $7,800,000
First-Place Prize: $1,650,000
Places Paid: 81

Final-Table Results:


1: Alexander Kostritsyn -- $1,650,000
2: Erik Seidel -- $1,000,000
3: Michael Chrisanthopoulos -- $700,000
4: Peter Ling -- $500,000
5: Nino Marotta -- $400,000
6: Antonio Casale -- $300,000
7: Peter Mobbs -- $225,000
8: Nico Behling -- $175,000
9: Robert Akery -- $175,000

Check back on Satruday at 6:30 p.m. for all the action from day 1A on CardPlayer.com.