Tuesday, November 14, 2006

2007 Aussie Millions Poker Championship

Texas Holdem is the most popular of the community card poker games. It is also the most popular poker variant played in casinos all over the world, and its no-limit betting form is used in the main event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which is widely recognised as the world championship of the game.The international reputation of the Aussie Millions Poker Championship as the richest poker game in the
Southern Hemisphere continues to escalate and has contributed to securing a celebrated field of world
class poker players that will travel to Melbourne’s Crown Casino in the New Year to compete for the title
of 2007 Aussie Millions Champion.

Hundreds of international poker pundits from a cast of nations will converge on Crown in January, anxious to
pit their skills against the best of the locals in a series of tournaments offering an overall prize pool
approaching AUD$10 Million, and culminating in the $10,500 buy-in six-day No Limit Holdem Main Event from 14 to 19 January 2007.

With the Aussie Millions firmly entrenched as one of the leading money events on the international poker
calendar, the 2007 Main Event is expected to attract over 500 players all vying for a slice of the expected
AUD$5 Million plus prize pool which will include a guaranteed first prize of AUD$1 Million.

Visiting professionals set to prove they have the skill, attitude and ‘bluffs’ to excel here at Crown include 2005 World Series of Poker Champion and local poker hero Joseph Hachem, America’s ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ Phil Ivey, 2005 Bellagio Five Diamonds Classic winner and 2004 Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu, 2000 World Series of Poker Champion Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson, World Poker Tour
Champion Gus Hansen, World Poker Tour co-commentator Mike Sexton, poker’s dynamic husband and wife
duo Chip & Karina Jett, the first female $1 Million poker winner Kathy Liebert, young guns Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari and Scott Fischman, 2004 European Player of the Year Marcel “The Flying Dutchman” Luske, and defending Aussie Millions champion Lee ‘Final Table’ Nelson.

Over 1,500 individual entrants will participate in the two week series of tournaments with an estimated 400
plus flying in from overseas locations such as the United States, Canada, England, Scandinavia, Holland and other parts of Europe.

Following on from the enormous ratings success of the US screening of the Aussie Millions Main Event, Crown and Fox Sports Net (FSN) will be partnering up for another year that will again see the Aussie Millions filmed for broadcast internationally from March 2007 as a 10 episode series with a reach of over 81 Million homes.

A coup for Australian Poker, Crown’s collaboration with FSN further consolidates the prestige, recognition and credibility of the Aussie Millions, particularly in America, the home of Texas Holdem and a country that widely considers poker its national game.

These modern day mavericks of the game are from all walks of life and challenge the stereotypes. As long as you have the guts to ante up the tournament buy-in male or female, rich or poor, amateur or seasoned pro – you can compete on a level playing field against the cream of the poker profession, with equal chance to seize the glory.
The international media contingent covering this event in addition to FSN includes reporters from poker magazines such as Bluff, Card Player, Pokerlife, Poker Player, Inside Edge and Poker Player.


For further media information, images or interviews please contact:
Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager
Crown Limited
T. 61 3 9292 7317
M. 61 434 187 828
E. natashas@crownltd.com.au

About Aussie Millions Poker Championship

  • The Aussie Millions is held each January.
  • The championship includes 13 tournaments culminating in the $10,000 buy-in Aussie Millions Main Event.
  • The 2007 Aussie Millions is expected to reach a prize pool of AUD$5 million with a first prize of AUD$1.5 million (subject to the number of entrants).
  • The Main Event will be televised by Fox Sports Net and broadcast internationally from mid 2007 as a 10 episode series.

Aussie Millions Poker Championship Event Statistics:

  • It is expected that there will be over 500 individual players in the main event.
  • Over 2,000 individual entrants will participant in the two week series of tournaments.
  • Over 300 international visitors are expected to attend including players from the United States, England, Scandinavia and Canada.
  • Huge growth in the number of Australian participants is expected, reflecting the increasing popularity of the game locally.
  • Crown expects to sell in excess of 5,000 hotel room nights during the event.

History of the Aussie Millions Poker Championship

The first Aussie Millions was held in 1998 with a $1,000 buy-in and $74k prize pool and 10 international participants mainly from New Zealand. The tournament has grown to become a major event on the international poker tournament schedule. It now ranks in the top 10 worldwide.
Main Event growth:

  • 2004 – 133 entrants, $1.33 million prize pool, first prize $426,500
  • 2005 – 263 entrants, $2.63 million prize pool, first prize $1,000,000
  • 2006 – 418 entrants, $4.18 million prize pool, first prize $1.3 million

About Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem is the most popular of the community card poker games. It is also the most popular poker variant played in casinos all over the world, and its no-limit betting form is used in the main event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which is widely recognised as the world championship of the game.

Like most variants of poker, the objective of Texas Holdem is to win the pot, the sum of money bet by oneself and other players. The pot is won either at the showdown by forming the best poker hand out of up to 7 cards available, or by betting to cause other players to fold and abandon their claim to the pot.

About FSN

FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels.
Established in 1996, FSN is the only cable network in the US that supplies national, regional and local
sports programming. FSN serves as the cable TV home to 62 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams
based in the United States, and produces over 4,500 live events each year. FSN has an extensive
catalogue of original national programs, including Best Damn Sports Show Period and Beyond the Glory documentary series, along with national packages of collegiate sports. Based in Los Angeles, FSN is part of the vast FOX Sports television family.

For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN website at www.foxsports.com

About Crown Entertainment Complex

The Crown Entertainment Complex is one of the world’s largest entertainment complexes of its kind, housing two hotel properties - the five-star Crown Towers and the four-star-plus Crown Promenade Hotel. Both are within easy access to in excess of 40 restaurants and bars, emporium of over 30 retail boutiques, several night clubs, cinema complex, interactive entertainment arcade, a live cabaret-style venue, plus the 24-hour Crown Casino, the biggest gaming facility in the Southern Hemisphere featuring 2500 gaming machines and 350 gaming tables including 50 poker tables.

For further information about the Crown Entertainment Complex visit http://www.crowncasino.com.au/

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

5 Poker players win seats to Aussie Millions

Serious poker action for serious poker players was the feature of the seventh All Africa Poker Tournament hosted at the Orion Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino, in Swaziland, on Friday 3rd November and Saturday 4th November 2006.
The 90 highly sought after seats were filled by tense and excited players, who hid their individual strategies behind a mix of well practiced poker faces, bold sunglasses and personas. With a total prize pool of R2,355,000 up for grabs and five all expenses paid packages to the Aussie Millions in Melbourne, the game was on.

The thirty hour marathon held over two days was yet another great success in the All Africa Poker series. The female entrants were a force to be reckoned with, Karin Hasseriis being the top lady finisher, placing 14th overall. Father and son players, Neville and Ryan Eber, were fated to play at the same table for much of the tournament and had to battle it out at the final table.

Ryan Eber was ultimately the Million Rand victor, winning with a starting hand of Ace King. Neville placed fifth and will be joining Ryan and the remainder of the top five at the Aussie Millions in January 2007.

After the tournament, Ryan said, “I feel very overwhelmed and excited to have won the All Africa. It is really great that I get to go to Australia with my dad, and play in the Aussie Millions. It was difficult playing on the same table as him, but I tried not to let it affect my game and just focused on winning”.

The tournament was once again filmed and all the exciting action will be shown on DSTV Channel 121 from the middle of December. “Piggs Peak Casino is in the unique position to be able to show viewers all the highlights and excitement of this very popular tournament. Those who were not able to come through to Swaziland, will be able to watch the latest and past tournaments on the All Africa Pokerzone”, says Wendy Graaf, Group Marketing Manager.

Tournament organizers announced that the next All Africa Poker Tournament will be held from 23rd to 25th February 2007.

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Monday, August 21, 2006


Young guns, rookies and overnight sensations were the feature of the Sixth All Africa Poker Tournament hosted at the Orion Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino, in Swaziland on Friday 18th August and Saturday 19th August 2006, with a total prize pool of R2, 460,000.

The tournament offered 90 players a shot at the One Million Rand and highly coveted All Africa Poker Crown. With the first 50 places paid, the entrants were all on a quest for a slice of the handsome prize pool. The event was filmed and will be broadcast on DSTV Channel 121.

The two day event was a mix of skill, unanticipated bluffing and rookie luck. The atmosphere was electric and the tournament was a great success once again. A host of Piggs Peak sponsored players and their supporters recently returned from the World Series in Las Vegas in July 2006, and greatly added to the atmosphere and level of play. The title came down to two newcomers, Ivan Dadic and Nicholas Katsapas who battled it out for over two hours, with Katsapas walking away with the Million Rand and the title of All Africa Poker Champion. Dadic was consoled with R310, 000 second place prize money.

The tournament attracted more female entrants than ever before and Janine Claassens was the top lad finisher, placing 42nd and winning R5, 000.Tournament organizers announced that the next All Africa Poker Tournament will be held from 3rd November – 5th 2006.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

2006 World Series of Poker Top Moments from Bluff Poker

2006 World Series of Poker Top Moments from Bluff Poker Radio: Inaugural $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event an Instant Radio Classic

ATLANTA, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- With just over half of the WSOP events completed, BLUFF MEDIA, publisher of Bluff Magazine and producer of Bluff Poker Radio, announced today its top broadcast moments thus far from the WSOP.
At the top of the list was the star-studded final table of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. New to the WSOP this year, the event attracted 143 of poker's best players to compete for the unofficial title of "world's best all-around poker player". Poker legend Chip Reese won the title along with the $1.7 million top prize after besting the likes of Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivy, TJ Cloutier, and runner-up Andy Bloch.

"The first half of the WSOP has been pretty amazing," said Howard David, Play by Play commentator for the "live" WSOP broadcast. "The pinnacle had to be the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. final table. With a standing room only crowd, 9 of the greatest poker players in the world sat down at what may well be the greatest final table in WSOP history. The atmosphere was electrifying."
Other top moments include: Phil Hellmuth playing heads-up for his record- tying tenth WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 NL Hold'em event, William Chen winning his second bracelet of the series in the second $2,500 NL Hold'em Short-Handed event, reigning main event champion Joe Hachem playing heads-up versus eventual winner Dutch Boyd in first $2,500 NL Hold'em Short-Handed event, and Max "The Italian Pirate" Pescatori winning his first bracelet ever on the same day his native Italy won the World Cup.
Bluff Poker Radio is providing 12 hours of live broadcast coverage each day from the WSOP straight from the floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Tournament updates, player interviews and live play-by-play action from the final tables are just part of the broadcast that can be heard on Sirius Satellite Channel 125.

"You might not think it possible, but Bluff is covering poker on the radio with the same excitement, color and intensity common to basketball, football and hockey coverage," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "We are thrilled to have Bluff on-site. Whether you are a casual or big-time poker fan, the top-notch radio coverage Bluff provides is second to none."

To hear the latest audio highlight clips from Bluff Poker Radio's "Live" coverage of the 37th Annual World Series of Poker, visit www.wsopradio.com .

About Bluff Media (http://www.bluffmagazine.com/ )

Bluff Media is the owner of Bluff Magazine, America's #1 Poker Magazine with 250,000 copies printed and distributed nationwide, and Bluff Poker Radio, the nation's only syndicated weekly poker radio show. Bluff Media provides eager poker enthusiasts quality content which keeps them up with the fast- paced modern poker lifestyle. Regular contributors include: Jennifer Tilly, Josh Arieh, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Mike Caro, Kenna James, Annie Duke, and Clonie Gowen.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006


Experienced poker players will tell you that they encounter bad beats regularly and they definitely are no reason to celebrate! However, for a 3 Piggs Poker seasoned player, who goes by the alias James, a Bad Beat meant a stroke of luck and a large amount of money.

The jackpot amount of R90,748.39 was shared amongst eight players who were delighted with their luck. James walked away with the lion’s share of the Jackpot of R45,374.21. Hotspur18 won R22,687.10 and the remaining six players at the table each received R3,781.18, just for being in the hand!

The Bad Beat Jackpot immediately re-started and is currently sitting at just under R30,000 - so watch this space for the next Bad Beat! Even if you lose, you still win with 3 Piggs Poker’s Bad Beat Jackpot!

For more information, go to www.3piggspoker.co.sz

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Piggs Peak Casino renews their dedicated advertiser location

Piggs Peak Casino, sponsor of the All Africa Poker Tournament, has renewed their Dedicated Advertiser Location (DAL) campaign on DSTV, following phenomenal response to their first campaign, which featured the May 2006 event. The renewal is for another two weeks and will run with newly-released episode footage of the tournament.

Piggs Peak Group Marketing Manager, Wendy Graaf, says, “We are excited to be able to provide subscribers with high quality poker content, featuring local talent. It is apparent that there is a large following of live poker, as more than 186,000 unique viewers interacted with our DAL during a two week period in April.”

“The ability to measure viewership through interaction with the content on the DAL has been an invaluable tool, and played a large part in our decision to commit to another campaign.”

The 5th in this series of tournaments will be broadcast on DStv’s Channel 121 from 17th to 31st July 2006.

Since the launch of DALs on DStv in 2004, Oracle Airtime Sales and Multichoice Africa have run over 30 successful interactive advertising campaigns for a variety of clients and brands. These campaigns have ranged from simple non-video brand and awareness campaigns to three-tier video channels launching new products/brands.
With DAL viewer-ship ranging from 9 – 23% of all DStv adults and average time spent in channel ranging from one minute – nine minutes, DALs are very quickly becoming sought-after properties. By adding this new dynamic to the existing marketing mix, viewers are able interact with a campaign out of choice and at their own leisure. As DALs provide a richer, deeper brand experience, the viewer is afforded a more detailed insight into the brands or product being promoted.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Lie with a Straight Face

IF YOU’RE not into ball play (or worried how to spend your hours after the soccer World Cup wraps up in Germany), best start practising how to lie with a straight face because playing poker is becoming the hottest trend.

Thank the home of apple pie for the new card onslaught as a spate of TV programmes, from cable’s Celebrity Poker Showdown (which enjoyed the second-highest audience debut after Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for the Bravo Network) and The World Poker Tour (the most popular series in the history of the Travel Channel) to the new hit TV programme Tilt.

What is different this time around is that poker, which has been around in some form or another since the 1800s, has brushed off its image as a men’s club recreation confined to smoke-polluted back rooms.

These days everyone from teenagers to housewives is getting in on the act. In fact, the Pokerworld website reports that even university professors are using poker exercises to demonstrate deductive and critical thinking skills and probability calculation to their students.

So, if you don’t want to be seen as an ABC player (someone who plays predictably, in poker-speak), you need to brush up on the difference between a straight flush, four-of-a-kind and a full house if you want to make sure you’re the one who walks away with the pot of money.

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It’s a story that our wildest dream and fantasies are comprised off… A hedonistic blend on fast cars, easy money and gorgeous people. It’s a dream that a small group OF MIT students in the USA made a hair-raising reality.

Now by the time we reach early adulthood, most people have at least one good gambling story to tell. Whether it is a blind luck win at a roulette wheel, a hit on a slot machine, winning a World cup soccer pool, but none can pony up to the story of Kevin Lewis, who by the time he was a Junior at MIT, Lewis, along with a small group of like-minded MIT classmates master minded one of the largest and most scandelous card-counting scams in history. The high stakes plan would garner them in upwards in three million dollars in blackjack winnings from casinos across the USA.

A book by Ben Mezrich accounts this enthralling true story and describes how this group of inexperienced young students perfected a method of card-counting and signaling techniques to take millions of dollars from casinos without attracting attention from pit bosses and owners.
Using a relatively simple system-each face card and ten that is dealt counts as negative one point, each card below a six counts as a positive one point, sevens, eights, and nines are neutral-the team members would keep a running total of the cards being dealt, determining the probability of drawing a high hand (the higher the count, the better probability that favorable cards would be drawn). All of this of course, is legal, as Lewis and his teammates did nothing to change the outcome of the game. They just paid very, very close attention to what was going on.

To ensure their plans where not foiled, the group of mostly mathematical nerds, went on a wild goose chase from one casino to the next so as to not draw too much attention to themselves. Ironically they became VIP guest at most establishments and would often pose as children of wealthy business men spending dad’s cash. It also became apparent that the casino’s where less skeptical about young Asians spending large amount of money than they where about a group of white kids, so all these subtle nuances where used to their advantage. VIP treatment came with the territory and included complimentary suites, meals, tickets to boxing matches, and any other perk the casino managers could think of to keep the high-rollers coming back.

The Vegas lifestyle with it bright lights and superficial highs and lows can be all consuming and for the young MIT students living the high life did become all too overwhelming. This was not at all surprising and soon their head, Kevin, a self-described math geek, found himself reveling in the life of his high roller alter ego. It's not hard to get comfortable with the good times when your days and nights are spent rubbing shoulders with celebrities and professional athletes and dating an NFL cheerleader.

Ultimately, it wouldn't be the players themselves that lead to the team's inevitable demise. After their first hit at the Native American run casino, Mohegan Sun, the casino offices enacted several measures to protect themselves against card-counters including banning players from entering a blackjack game mid-deck, and introducing new cutting and shuffling techniques that made it harder for players to spot specific cards. Compounding this was a private investigation firm called the Plymouth Agency, who was hired by one Las Vegas casino to track the activity of its patrons and hound out the card-counters.

After the beginning of the end, extreme paranoia swept through the group of players once they began to discover that the agency had cottoned on to them. Eventually the lavish lives that these kids lead began to tear at the seams and soon officials cracked down and ultimately dissolved the group.

One can’t help be intrigued by this larger than life story. The pumping adrenalin, the high life, the intoxicating elixir of winning a fat wad of cash and the intricate plan that unfolded on the bright city street of Vegas. You may not be ready for all that drama, but you can still experience the thrill of Black Jack, Piggs Peak internet casino offers a large variety of the Black Jack games that can be played in the comfort of your own home.. and just think about it, there will be no geeky MIT student lurking around either.

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