The 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event, which had attracted a field of 820 player entries, had come to a close, and the one player who emerged on top is Australian native Vincent "Wonky" Wan. Even though this year's attendance was three players short compared to last year's main event, the massive turnout generated a prize pool of over $5.6 million USD. Wan took home the title plus A$1,318,000 (approx. $910,447) from the A$10,600 buy-in NLHE main event.
The 2019 Aussie Millions AU$100,000 (approx. US$72,799) Challenge NLHE Super High Roller event attracted a player field of 42 entrants. The turnout built a prize pool of US$2,963,520 which was given away as rewards to the top six players.
Not that it's supposed to be a secret, but on the final weekend of January Tom "durrrr" Dwan shared via his Twitter account that he is currently in Australia, where he's been spending quality time with his soon-to-be wife.
Shurane Vijayaram came into the final table with a substantial chip lead and battled Ben Heath who had the second biggest chip stack at the start of the day for the championship of the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event. Eventually, the advantage in stack had become one of Vijayaram's keys to winning the grand prize.
It seems like the interest in playing poker events with big buy-ins in Australia isn't what it used to be. The 2017 Aussie Millions, conluding today, only saw 18 registrations for the A$100,000 Challenge which ultimately led to that the A$250,000 Challenge was cancelled.
The first event of the 2017 Aussie Millions saw Melbourne's Robert Raymond best a field of 1,565 entries to grab the title and AUD$320,830 in prize money. When the final table was down to four handed-play, Raymond only had 1.64 million in chips and was the short stack against against Qiang Fu (3.7 million), Alex Lynskey (4.95 million), and Michael Addamo (5.4 million).
Aussie Millions (established 1998) has been a part of PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour for the past 3 years, however, it will once again be a stand-alone event in 2017. The reason for this is that PokerStars will re-brand all its global tournaments (EPT, APPT, etc.) into one global tour.
On Sunday, the final 7 players of a starting field of 732 (the fourth largest Main Event in Aussie Millions history) returned to the Crown Poker Room to battle it out on the final table. Not less than three Australians and two women made the final table this year but after 92 hands of play the biggest stars, Ari Engel from Canada and Tony Dunst from USA, were playing heads-up for the title!
Pregnant Aussie Player Katrina Sheary was in the preliminary events of the "Aussie Millions" 2016 poker tournament a week ago. Amidst the poker competition, it did not take long before she went into labor. Since she was unable to take her post in the tournament the next day, Peter Sheary, her husband, was allowed by the event's directors to play instead of her.
A total of 41 entries were made in this year's Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge. There are now only 6 players remaining after two days of play and they are fighting for the entire prize pool of a whopping $4,018,000!
Another three players entered the Main Event just before the start of Day 2. This means that this year's Main Event drew a field of 648 entries that created a AU$6,480,000 prize pool, of which the top 72 finishers will receive a share (the winner will get AU$1.6 million).
The Aussie Millions AU$250,000 Challenge attracted 46 entries this year. Phil Ivey was one of the players who fired only one $250k bullet and he made it to Day 2 with 622k chips (7th place). He then made it to the eigh-handed final table with the second smallest stack (976k), but he played very well and (after several hours of play) made it to heads-up againstIsaac Haxton(PokerStars Team Online).
Congratulations to Sam Trickett, 26, winner of the LK Jewellery $250,00 Challenge of Aussie Millions. The tournament saw 18 entries (buy-in $250,000) and 4 players received a share of the AU$4,500,000 prize pool.
Friday is an action-packed and thrilling day of live poker. Patrik Antonius leads the Aussie Millions main event with only 13 remaining players and Sam Trickett is currently leading the $250,000 buy-in tournament.
Trickett leads the final 5 with almost 2 million chips - about double the stack of Tobias Reinkemeier in second place. The tournament attracted 18 entries, which means that there are some nice cash prizes up for grabs! Just another player needs to be eliminated before everyone's guaranteed a minimum payday of $500,000 (AUD) - with the chance of laying hands on $2,000,000 (AUD)!!
A total of 629 players entered the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event, which created a total prize pool for AU$6,290,000. The third day kicked off a few hours ago with 69 surviors - and now there are only 36 left!
Ray Ellis leads the pack with 1,044,000 chips, Patrik Antonius (Day 1c winner) is not far behind with a stack of 957,000. Apart from Antonius, Phil Ivey (399k) and Dan Shak (596k) are the biggest names left fighting for the AU$1.6 million first prize. We will return with a report once Day 3 comes to an end.
The 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event came to an end this weekend after only 7 hours of play on the final table. It was the Melbourne local Oliver Speidel who took home the tournament for $1,600,000. A well deserved win for a man who survived a field of 659 players.
There are only 14 players left in the Aussie Millions Main Event. These survivors will be back at 20:15 local time - after a 75-minute dinner break - and continue until only 12 players remain. Then Day 4 will finally come to an end and the players will get some well-needed rest.
Chip leader is Bjorn Li with 2,450,000 chips, and close behind him are Daniel Ideama (2,287,000) and Mohamad Kowssarie (2,247,000). Phil Ivey has lost a lot of chips during Day 4 and now he has 645,000 left - only Matt Turk and Danny Chevalier have less.
The next player to hit the rail will get 75,000 AUD, and the 9 players who reach the final table will get at least 125k AUD each. The winner will take home amazing 1,600,000 AUD!
A total of 659 players signed up for the Aussie Millions Main Event and created a $6.59 million prize pool of which the winner gets $1.6 million. Today, after 4 days of play, 27 players have chips left and will return at 12:00 pm local time today and play Day 3.
Chip leader is Tim O'Shea with 1,370,000 chips, closely followed by Matthew Turk with 1,350,000. In third place is no one else than Phil Ivey. Yes, that's right! Phil Ivey is no longer only playing high stakes games in Macau. Phil will bring 1,240,000 to the poker tables today. He's defiantly one of the favorites to take home the tournament.
We will return with an update as soon as Day 3 comes to an end.
Tony G is a well-known loudmouth in the poker community. When he's not busy trash talking someone at the poker table, he (and many other poker players) likes to bet money on crazy stuff. During the 2012 Aussie Millions, Tony G offered Melanie Weisner, an American poker pro, a seat in the Main Event ($10,000 buy-in) if she could go around a poker table twice on a unicycle.
Last Sunday, after 3 days of play, the opening event ($1,000 NLH) of Aussie Millions got a winner, Brendon Rubie (a well-known figure in the land down under thanks to several cashes in major poker tournaments). Rubie played very well on the final table and had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up began. His opponent, Scott Wilson, fought really well though and didn't give away any chips for free. After some time of fighting back and forth, Rubie managed to get Wilson to believe that he was weak in a hand that he had flopped 2 pairs. After Wilson made the call on the river and mucked his hand, Rubie went up to his friends and started celebrating.
Two major poker tournaments are just around the corner. PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will kick off in 2 days time and will run until January 14th. The highlights of the 2012 PCA will be the $10,000 main event and the $25,000 High Roller event. Both events will be streamed online with hole cards.
After 2 weeks of grinding in the Crown Casino poker room, the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event finally got a winner. David Gorr from Australia survived a field of 721 players and beat pros such as Patrik Antonius and Chris Moorman on the final table. For the win he received nothing less than $2,000,000 (AUD), the far biggest win in his long poker career. James Keys took the second place and received a bit more than a million australian dollars.
Here are the final table results 1. David Gorr (Full Tilt Poker Sponsored player) - 2,000,000 AUD 2. James Keys - 1,035,000 AUD 3. Jeff Rossiter (Full Tilt Poker Sponsored player) - 700,00 AUD 4. Michael Ryan - 450,000 AUD 5. Randy Dorfman - 325,000 AUD 6. Samad Razavi - 225,00 AUD 7. Chris Moorman - 175,00 AUD 8. Patrik Antonius (Full Tilt Pro) - 130,000 AUD
After about 10 hours of play, the Aussie Millions Main Event field was down to 18 players. These 18 players will now get a few hours of sleep before it's time for them to return to the Crown Casino poker room to play Day 4 of the tournament. Chip leader is Chris Moorman with 1,643,000, in 6th place is Sorel Mizzi with 965k and close behind him Patrik Antonius with 958,000. All the remaining players are guaranteed at least 72,000 AUD each, but of course everyone will aim for the top prize of 2 million AUD.
Day 1b of the Aussie Millions Main Event is now in the books. In total 209 players have now made it to day 2. Only 3 Full Tilt Pros survived the day, Scott Montgomery (49,2k) - Chris Ferguson (45,4k) - Roland de Wolfe (26,1k), and will return to play Day 2 of the Main Event tomorrow. Two notable Day 1b survivors in the top of the field were Gavin Griffin (10th place - 101,700 chips) and the chess prodigy Jeff Sarwer (5th place - 120,500). However, the one who accumulated the most chips during the day was Jeff Rossiter - 154,900 chips.
The third and last starting day of the Main Event is running at the moment. We will return with an update as soon as the day has come to an end.
The winner of this years Aussie Millions, Tyron Krost, 23, is the latest member of Team PartyPoker. Tyron will now get to play in many major poker tournaments (for free) all around the world together with the rest of the team - Tony G, Mike Sexton and many more. Even though I'm happy for Tyson Krost and his new sponsorship, I must say that I find it quite strange that a big site like PartyPoker signs a relatively unknown player like him.
Okay, besides the Aussie Millions (qualified through a satellite at PartyPoker) win, he had some decent results in 2008 WSOP, but still? Might be that they want to strengthen its Australian Team even more after the signing of Tony G?
For the second year in a row, an Australian won the Aussie Millions Main Event and kept the title from leaving Australia. For the win, Tyron Krost, 23, received $2,000,000 AUD ($1,765,920 USD). One can't say anything else than that it was a very well deserved win as he outlasted the 746 players strong starting field and also defeated 2 of the hottest names in tournament poker on the final table - Annette Obrestad & Sorel Mizzi.
Final Table Results 1: Tyron Krost - $2,000,000 2: Frederik Jensen - $1,100,000 3: Sorel Mizzi - $715,000 4: Kosta Varoxis - $450,000 5: Peter Jetten - $350,000 6: Steve Friedlander - $250,000 7: Annette Obrestad - $175,000 8: Stephen Shelly - $125,000
2010 Aussie Millions is now over after that all 20 events have found their winners. Aussie Millions has been very successful this year (as always) with lots of action from start to end. Let's hope that next year will be even better with more pros taking part and bigger prize pools up for grabs!
The final table is finally set. 8 players have survived a strong field of 746 players and made it all the way to the final table, which will start tomorrow. Among the 8 players that have made it this far, we find 2 huge names, Sorel Mizzi and Annette Obrestad. Sorel Mizzi (chip leader) will bring a massive stack with him to the final table as he has accumulated not less than 6,033,000 chips.
Annette Obrestad, the Norwegian poker pro, has been in the spotlight since she took home the WSOPE Main Event back in 2007. After that, she has continued to impress year after year in many major poker tournaments around the globe. Now, it seems like 2010 will be another great for her as she just took down event #4 of Aussie Millions.
The buy-in for Event 4 was AUD$1000 and the game was Pot Limit Omaha. Annette made it to the final table third in chips, but in no-time she was the chip leader and remained there until she had sent her final opponent packing.
Final table results: 1: Annette Obrestad - $40,000 2: Billy Seri - $31,200 3: Ryan Gutch - $22,800 4: Oliver Gill - $17,600 5: Con Angelakis - $11,200 6: Emad Tahtouh - $8,800 7: Paul Taylor - $6,400 8: Tony Bloom - $4,800 9: Michael Sampieri
The Main Event of Aussie Millions became a huge success this year as not less than 1143 players took part and created the largest Australian championship poker tournament field in history. After Day 1 a b c, Day 2 & 3 had been played, Matthew Ephraums and Brandan Edmonds were the 2 remaining players who were going to fight for the first prize of $200,025. At this point, both of them had equal stacks and plenty of chips to play with. In other words, it seemed like it would take all night before a winner could be crowned. Edmonds took the lead almost straight away thanks to his aggressive style of playing poker. But it didn't take long before Ephraums striked back and took half of Edmonds stack. All thanks to this great read.
Ephraums raise 400,000 on a 2[h]Q[c]10[h] flop. Edmonds calls.
Turn is 4[h] and Ephraums bet 600,000 and Edmonds called again.
Day 1b of Aussie Millions has now come to an end. 60 out of 357 players from Day 1 a & b have now made it to Day 2 of the tournament. Tomorrow its time for Day 1c of the tournament. Day 1c will probably have the highest amount of entries, and will probably also include the most interesting starting field so far. For example: Swewart Scott, Lee Nelsson and Tony Bloom (ex-Aussie Millions Main event champions) will play Day 1c of the tournament.
Top 5 players of the 60 players who already are through to Day 2 - Jim Mastorakos (174,700), Dean McIver (155,800), Kerry Stead (131,700), Thrung Tran (130,100) and Sarvesh Pershad (129,00)
Day 1a of Aussie Millions in Melbourne, Australia is being played at the moment. 327 players started today - 120 have survived so far. In the lead is Chris Chronis with 155,000 chips, closely followed by Xen Xenofontos (125,000). Chris has had a great run so far in the tournament and its a well deserved lead.
Tony Hachem (Joe Hachem's brother) & Richard Ashby (Full Tilt pro with great live tournament results since 2001) are 2 of the most notable players that still are in the tournament. Let's hope that both of them make it to Day 2 of the tournament, because it's always more interesting to follow a tournament when one recognizes some of the players.
Stewart Scott became the first ever Australian to take home the title in Aussie Millions Main Event.For the win he received AUD 2,000,000, around USD 1,300,000. Unfortunately none of the girls that were in the lead of day 2 made it to the final table.
Aussie Millions Maint Event is now down to 14 players. Chris Chronis (chip leader day 1) had more than 800,000 chips just a few hands ago and now he's suddently out of the tournament. Also most of the pros are out, Anette Obrestad, Patrik Antonius, Michael Tureniec, Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen to mention a few. Is it going to be a final table with mostly unknown players?
The last few years more and more girls have realized what an amazing and enjoyable game poker really is. A few of them has been really successful and turned into pros. One of them is Annette Obrestad from Norway who has already won millions of dollars even though she is just 20 years old. Now she's on the second place in Aussie Millions with 454,800 chips. And on the first place we find another girl, Annica Ivert from Sweden who has dominated Day 2 and now has 555,900 chips.
Day 1c brought the biggest starting field so far in the tournament with almost 50% more than both day 1a and day 1b together. Day 1c included the best and most well known players as well. To mention a few of them, Gus Hansen, Phil Laak, Joe Hachem, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen and JC Tran.
The main event with a $10,500 buy-in kicked off on Sunday with loud music, dancing girls and a video where Joe Hachem welcomed and wished everyone good luck. In the video he also said - "I think it's about time an Aussie took home the title", with the glimt in the eye.