The detailed schedule for the 2015 Aussie Millions tournament series includes three of the top tournaments held each year in the Southern hemisphere.

The detailed schedule for the 2015 Aussie Millions tournament series includes three of the top tournaments held each year in the Southern hemisphere.

The Crown Casino in Melbourne is the traditional host for the series which starts on January 14 and runs until February 2.

Big Money Draws Big Names

The venue and tournament series have become a major attraction for the world’s top poker professionals. Heading south for the winter is now an essential tournament pro diary date. “It’s the place I keep coming back to for the poker, the Australian Open tennis, the atmosphere, the staff and the Australian people,” explained Gus Hansen.

The top events are the AU$10,600 Main Event, part of the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour, the AU$100k Challenge, and the AU$250k buy-in super high roller, sponsored again this year by LK Boutique. The AU$100k and AU$250k events both allow multiple buy-ins.

Phil Ivey won the 2014 $250k Challenge event, winning AU$4 million after defeating Isaac Haxton heads up. Ivey also won the first $250k Challenge in 2012 and is expected to return to try again in 2015.

The 2014 Main Event winner was Ami “UhhMee” Barer, who added the first prize of $1.6 million to his $6 million of online tournament winnings.

Variety and New Formats

This year there are 21 poker events, each offering the winner an LK Boutique “Championship Ring,”—the down under version of a WSOP bracelet.

Buy-ins run as low as AU$1,150, and select online operators will be running numerous online satellites offering entries and packages, at a fraction of that price.

Several of the less expensive events run with a twist—the first event of the series uses the “repechage” system which means players can play as many Day 1s as they choose, so long as they have already been knocked out of all they have entered previously.

An accumulator format for event #6 allows players to play all the Day 1s and merge their final stacks into one for Day 2.

There is also a bounty event, a “shotclock shootout,” and new for 2015, a “Deep Freeze” deep stacked event along the lines of the newly introduced Monster Stack tournament at this year’s WSOP.