Aussie Millions 2018 poker championship schedule has been released where 26 different events will be featured with buy-ins ranging from AU$1,150 to AU$100,000. The new schedule has also one big chance as the AU$250,000 buy-in Challenge will not run in 2018. Last year the event failed to attract enough players to even run, which has now resulted the Crown Melbourne to cancel the event altogether.
The AU$250,000 Challenge was first introduced to the schedule in 2011, when Erik Seidel won the event for AU$2,5 million. However, Phil Ivey has managed to win the event not one, but three times (2012, 2014 and 2015) for a combined +AU$8,2 million.
While there will be no AU$250K Challenge in 2018, the AU$25K, AU$50K and AU$100K Challenges will ensure there is still enough high roller action to fill everyone’s appetite.
The 2018 Aussie Millions will run from Jan. 17 through Feb. 5 and the AU$10,600 Main Event is scheduled to begin Jan. 28, with the final table playing out Feb. 4.
Aussie Millions 2018 schedule has been set and hopes of a big turnout are high despite the pending online poker ban in Australia. With the World Series of Poker (WSOP) complete, the eyes of the poker world are one again looking ahead to the next round of major championships.
The Aussie Millions is traditionally one of the opening festivals of the year and it will retain that status in 2018 where the high rollers look forward to win the grand prizes. In 2018 the organizers are expecting just as many players, if not more, to ante-up despite the Australian government’s push to outlaw online gaming.
Earlier in 2017, the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 made its way through the Senate in 2017 and now sits in front of the House of Representatives. Although Senator David Leyonhjelm is working to fight back against the bill and carve out an exception for online poker, many believe it’s only a matter of time before it’s signed into law.
The bill asserts that any company offering online betting in Australia will have to have an iGaming license. But without a licensing procedure in place, it’s essentially impossible for this to happen and, therefore, online poker sites would become illegal.
But despite the legal issues, the Crown’s Tournament Director Joel Williams doesn’t believe this will impact the Aussie Millions. The 2017 festival attracted a record number of entrants (7,049) and Williams believes the ever-improving reputation of the Aussie Millions will attract a similar number of players in 2018.
Aussie Millions 2018 Main Highlights
- Jan 26: AUD$25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller (USD$19,800 Challenge)
- Jan 28: AUD$10574 Main Event
- Jan 28: AUD$50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller ( USD$39,500 Challenge)
- Feb 1: AUD$1,200 Tournament of Champions
- Feb 3: AUD$5000 Six-Max
- Feb 4: AUD$100,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller ( USD$79,000 Challenge)
Crown Melbourne is all thus prepared for an opening event that guarantees AUD$1 Million. They will also be offering a No Limit Holdem Shot Clock Shootout, a Multi-day Accumulator Event, a 2-day Terminator Event and the Aussie Millions Tournament of champions.