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Poker Stars Battle in Aussie Tournament

5 January 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian: "Once seen as a game played in smoky rooms by seedy characters, poker is now one of the most watched and played sports in the world.

"And the stars of the gambling phenomenon, such as commentator Billy 'The Croc' Argyros, are in Melbourne for the Australian Poker Championship today at Crown casino.

"No Limit Texas Hold'em is the game that has made card playing socially acceptable in the 21st century and about 1000 people, from the poker elite to amateurs, will do battle in 14 events over the next fortnight.

"…Australia's World Series of Poker champion Joseph Hachem will be out to call the bluff of the star-studded overseas line-up when the main event - the Crown Aussie Millions - commences next week.

"One of the top 10 tournaments in the world, the Aussie Millions will have an overall prize pool in the order of $5 million, with $US1 million for the winner…"

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