Aussie Millions gets under way Monday

Gus Hansen
The Great Dane is ready to take on all challengers at the Aussie Millions.

It's summer Down Under, and in the poker world that can mean only one thing: It's time for the biggest poker tournament held in the Southern Hemisphere, the Aussie Millions.

Melbourne's Crown Casino expects somewhere in the neighborhood of 850 players for this year's installment of the Southern Hemisphere's biggest poker tournament, which would be its largest field ever for the main event.

The tournament will once again be filmed by Fox Sports Network and broadcast around the world.

The schedule calls for a full week of high-stakes poker action, beginning with the first of two scheduled Day 1s at 12:30 p.m. local time on Monday. Once the field has been narrowed down, the final table will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Just as it was last year, the Aussie Millions is being sponsored by Andy Black $700,000 $556,695 4th Julius Colman $500,000 $397,640 5th Hans Vogl $400,000 $318,112 6th Marc Karam $300,000 $238,584 7th Kristy Gazes $220,000 $174,961 8th Jakob Glassl $155,000 $123,268 9th Dennis Huntly $155,000 $123,268

With several events already in the record books in Melbourne for this year's tournament series, some familiar faces have already made an impact Down Under. Fricke took down Event 4 to give a good start to his trip, and Lee Watkinson also pulled down a win in Event 7.

A final treat for the locals will be the Aussie Millions Cash Game Invitational. Starting with a buy-in of A$200,000, the game will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16, in front of a live audience at Crown Casino. Fox Sports Network will be filming the Cash Game Invitational to add to its television coverage of the Aussie Millions.

For all your Aussie Millions action when the cards hit the felt on Monday in Melbourne, stay tuned to the PokerListings.com Live Tournament Section. Arthur Crowson and Owen Laukkanen will be bringing you the freshest, ripest live updates, photos, interviews and more each and every day of the tournament.

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