The 2014 Aussie Millions starts on January 23 with a schedule of 20 events running until February 10.

The 2014 Aussie Millions kicks off its first event on January 23 with a schedule of 20 events running until February 10. The Crown Casino in Melbourne again provides the venue for the highest profile event in the Southern hemisphere.

The total number of events has been reduced this year, so the Crown’s Director of Poker, Jim Preston believes that field sizes should be larger—and he is hoping for a record number of entries for the $10,600 Main Event starting on February 2.

This year the Main Event will be part of the PokerStars Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) following a deal announced in November. Although accorded the status of “Main Event”, and lasting for a full seven days, there are three bigger buyin events on offer.

A $25k two day event starts on the same day as the Main Event, and is followed on February 7 by a $100k High Roller. The highest buy in is reserved for the $250k Super High Roller which was won last year by Sam Trickett.

The event garnered a field of 18 players with the necessary bankroll or staking support and produced a first prize of AU$2m. The 2013 Main Event winner was Mervin “The Cat” Chan who had to beat a 629 strong field to take AU$1.6m—he also received a Chrysler 300C car.

The big money has attracted the big names, with players such as Dan Shak, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, all expected to attend.