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APT sends Poker Pack to Aussie Millions
Melbourne, Australia is brimming with poker players this week as some of the cream of the crop have headed Down Under to take on the Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino.
Among those trying to pick up some cash in the events is the Asian Poker Tour's premier team of players known as the Poker Pack. Steve Sung, Quinn Do, Nam Le, J.C. Tran and David "Chino" Rheem are hitting the tournament tables at the Aussie Millions to represent the APT.
Also joining them on the trip is Kwang Soo Lee, the first Asia-based member of the Poker Pack. Lee hails from South Korea and made a name for himself playing MMORPGs. He has since successfully switched to playing poker, finishing third at the 2008 APT Philippines event.
The Poker Pack is a team of specially selected players of Asian origin who are ambassadors for the Asian Poker Tour. The players have already made waves on the world poker circuit individually and as part of the Poker Pack.
"We're absolutely delighted to have The Poker Pack represent us at the prestigious Aussie Millions," said Tom Hall, Chief Executive Officer of AsianLogic Limited, owner of the APT. "They are very much looking forward to playing in Melbourne."
The Aussie Millions offers members of the Poker Pack a chance to extend their winning ways. Rheem picked up a seventh-place finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2008 and followed that up with a win in the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio for $1.5 million.
J.C. Tran picked up a WSOP bracelet this year, and he won the PartyPoker.com Premier League III in November. Name Le and Quinn Do have seen great success at APPT events and World Poker Tour events in 2008 as well.
The Aussie Millions offered 23 days of poker competition with 18 different championship events that the Poker Pack could partake in. More than 2,000 players are expected to take part in total, and the main event with its guaranteed $2 million AUD top prize is now under way.
"The Aussie Millions has become a major stop on the international poker circuit, and continues to grow every year. We're thrilled to welcome The Poker Pack to Melbourne, who will be joining some of the world's best poker players in the Crown Poker Room in the hunt for the AUD $2 Million first place prize," said David Courtney, Crown Casino's Chief Executive Officer.
"The action will be bigger and better this year, and with the help of our broadcast partner Fox Sports Net, will be broadcast into over 100 million homes worldwide."
Poker fans can check out how the Poker Pack and their other favorite pros are doing in the Aussie Millions in the PokerListings Live Tournaments section. We've got live updates, interviews, photos and more.
As for the Poker Pack, once the Aussie Millions is done, they'll be heading back on the road to take on the APT Philippines event scheduled for Jan. 27 through Feb. 1.
The tournament is planned to take place at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel in Manila, and will have a $2,700 buy-in main event.
For more information about the tour's upcoming events, visit AsianPT.com. Online poker sites such as Titan Poker, PartyPoker, PKR, Everest Poker and more also help support the Asian Poker Tour, and often have ways for players to win their seats to the events with online qualifiers.