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Aussie Millions Poker Series Gets Started Down Under

The First Event Attracted 1,143 Players and Created a $1.1 Million Prize Pool

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Stewart Scott Wins 2009 Aussie MillionsThe 2010 Aussie Millions began on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, with a $1,100 AUD buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The first tournament of the popular series attracted a large field of 1,143 entrants and generated a prize pool worth $1.1 million AUD. It set a record as the largest live poker tournament in Australian poker history.

This was an encouraging start for the tournament series, which will feature a total of 20 poker tournaments between now and Jan. 31. The $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event will run from Jan. 24-30. Card Player will feature daily news recaps for the main event and other big events that will be taking place in the land down under during the next few weeks. Other events that will feature news recaps include the $100,000 no-limit hold’em challenge, the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, and the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event (new tournament for 2010).

Last year, the Aussie Millions main event attracted a field of 681 players and created a prize pool worth $4,552,130. The eventual champion was Stewart Scott (pictured above right), who was awarded the top prize worth $1,381,392. Scott defeated poker professional Peter Rho heads up in the final match, and other top players he had to defeat at the final table included rising star Elliot Smith and veteran Barny Boatman. David Steicke won the $100,000 no-limit hold’em challenge in 2009, and Alexander Kostritsyn won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the 2010 Aussie Millions:

NOTE: All buy-in amounts are listed in Australian Dollars (AUD)

Thursday, Jan. 14 (3-day event): Event No. 1 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em)
Sunday, Jan. 17: Event No. 2 ($500 no-limit hold’em)
Monday, Jan. 18 (2-day event): Event No. 3 ($1,000 limit hold’em)
Tuesday, Jan. 19 (2-day event): Event No. 4 ($1,000 pot-limit Omaha)
Wednesday, Jan. 20 (2-day event): Event No. 5 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em bounties)
Thursday, Jan. 21 (2-day event): Event No. 6 ($1,000 H.O.R.S.E.)
Friday, Jan. 22 (2-day event): Event No. 7 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em w/rebuys)
Saturday, Jan. 23 (2-day event): Event No. 8 ($100,000 no-limit hold’em)
Sunday, Jan. 24 (5-day event): Event No. 9 ($10,000 no-limit hold’em main event)
Sunday, Jan. 24: Event No. 10 ($500 no-limit hold’em shootout)
Monday, Jan. 25: Event No. 11 ($500 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better)
Tuesday, Jan. 26: Event No. 12 ($500 seven-card stud)
Tuesday, Jan. 26 (3-day event): Event No. 13 ($5,000 heads-up no-limit hold’em)
Wednesday, Jan. 27: Event No. 14 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em team’s event)
Thursday, Jan. 28: Event No. 15 ($10,000 pot-limit Omaha)
Thursday, Jan. 28: Event No. 16 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em)
Friday, Jan. 29: Event No. 17 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha w/rebuys)
Friday, Jan. 29 (2-day event): Event No. 18 ($10,000 H.O.R.S.E.)
Saturday, Jan. 30 (2-day event): Event No. 19 ($5,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em)
Sunday, Jan. 31: Event No. 20 ($500 turbo no-limit hold’em)