Poker Around the World
2011 Aussie Millions
The Full Tilt sponsored Aussie Millions tournament series is going on this month at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. So far, eight winners have been crowned, and there’s still an even dozen events to go. The most recent tournament champion–also the biggest one–is Sam Trickett, who took down 37 competitors to win the $100,000 Challenge and a cool $1.5 million AUD.
Also making headlines are the players of the televised Million Dollar Cash Game. This year’s game is set to be a rematch of the huge games played in Macau a few months ago. Wang Qiang, Paul Phua, and Richard Yong–three wealthy Chinese businessmen who were instrumental in the Macau games–have headed South to continue the battle against Antonius, Dwan, Ivey, & Co. in the land down under. Day 1 action was fast and furious, and things are only going to get hotter.
The European Tour hits France this week with a stop in the resort town of Deauville. Last year, Jake Cody manuevered through a record-breaking field to snatch the title and €847,000 in prize money. The popularity of the Deauville stop has led the EPT and primary sponsor PokerStars to choose a larger venue this year, the Casino Barriere. Players making the trek to the French coast will be rewarded with a packed tournament schedule comprising dozens of events, including a €5,000 Main Event.
Chad Brown Poker Series
Poker pro Chad Brown is currently hosting a 10-day tournament series at the Orange Park Poker Room in Jacksonville, Florida. The series, which runs from January 21-31, features 9 different events, including a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event.
Choctaw Casino WSOP Circuit Event
The World Series of Poker has been in Oklahoma for most of January, handing out huge prizes and Circuit Rings in its 51-event schedule at the Choctaw Casino & Resort. The latest Ring winner is OK native Justin Gardenhire, who scored$40,616 for his first place finish in Event #41, a $555 No Limit Hold’em tournament. The only thing left to decide at Choctaw is this year’s Main Event winner. The $1,600 finale got underway on Saturday and will wrap up early this week.