Crown releases 2010 Aussie Millions schedule

Stewart Scott
Defending Aussie Millions champ Stewart Scott.

Crown Casino released the official schedule for the 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Thursday.

The schedule includes a total of 20 events running Jan. 14-31, 2010, at the Crown Casino in Melbourne with the $10,500 Main Event taking place Jan. 24-30.

In releasing the schedule, tournament organizers took the time to set some lofty goals in terms of prize pool and attendance.

"Crown is also announcing an expected first prize of $2.5 million for the No-Limit Hold'em main event which will further entrench Crown's Aussie Millions Poker Championship as one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world," said Crown CEO David Courtney.

Courtney went on to estimate the two-week series would draw more than 2,500 players with 1,000 for the main event alone. Courtney cited the growing popularity of poker in Australia as the main reason for expected growth.

Last year participation in the main event dropped by 99 players, but organizers still awarded the largest payout in Aussie Millions history with winner Stewart Scott taking home $2 million.

In the past, the Aussie Millions has had one of the most diverse tournament tournament schedules in the world and this year is no exception.

The series will offer Pot-Limit Omaha, H.O.R.S.E., Heads-Up, Seven-Card Stud, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and team-based events in addition to numerous No-Limit Hold'em tournaments.

Perhaps the most notable tournament on the schedule, outside of the main event, is the elite $100,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event on Jan. 23. Former winners include Erick Lindgren, Howard Lederer, John Juanda and most recently David Steicke.

The Aussie Millions is always a magnet for high profile celebrity players and Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth, Michael Vartan, Shane Warne, Brian McFadden, Ruby Rose and Brendan Fevola have all made appearances at the event in the past.

The Aussie Millions will be filmed and developed into a TV show on Fox Sports Network for an international audience of over 100 million.

For a complete look at the 2010 Aussie Millions schedule visit the Crown Casino website.

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