Crown Australian Poker Championship

The Australian Poker Championship, commonly known as Aussie Millions, is a series of poker tournaments held at the Crown Casino, in Melbourne, Australia. The Main Event of the series is the Southern Hemisphere's richest poker tournament with a prize pool in excess of A$7 million.

Crown Australian Poker Championship
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SportTexas Hold 'em
Founded1998
No. of teamsNo officially recognized teams
CountryAustralia Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Australia Vincent Wan
Official websitewww.aussiemillions.com

HistoryEdit

Poker at Crown was introduced in June 1997, with the first major championship held shortly after in July 1998. The Main Event was a $1,000 buy in Limit Holdem tournament that attracted 74 entries with a $74,000 prize pool. The Crown Australian Poker Championship, or the ‘Aussie Millions’ as it became known, moved to January in 2001, attracting 40 entrants with a $5,000 buy in for a prize pool of $200,000. January 2003 saw the event go international, attracting a field of 122 entrants and a $1,200,000 prize pool. In January 2005, the Aussie Millions continued to grow with 263 participants paying $10,000 each to enter the No Limit Hold'em Main Event, generating the biggest prize pool ever in the Southern Hemisphere of $2,630,000. Over half the field was from overseas including players from New Zealand, England, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy and Lebanon. In 2006, 418 players competed for a share of the $4,180,000 prize pool, including some of the biggest names in the Poker world such as WSOP Champion Joe Hachem, along with Phil Ivey, John Juanda and Daniel Negreanu. The 2007 championship commenced on Sunday 14 January 2007 with the final table held on Friday 19 January 2007. The buy-in was $10,500 ($10,000+$500). A record 747 players entered, which generated a prize pool of $7,470,000. The top 80 players were "in the money" and received between $15,000 and $1,500,000 each.

The 2008 championship concluded on Sunday 20 January 2008 with the winner being the 21-year-old Russian Alexander Kostritsyn. The buy-in was $10,500 ($10,000+$500). A record 780 players entered, which generated a prize pool of $7,800,000. The top 80 players were "in the money" and received between $15,000 and $1,650,000 each. The 2009 event will feature a total of 15 tournaments. The Main Event will have a guaranteed $2 million first prize. It will also feature ten players taking part in the first Million Dollar Poker Cash Game, the largest poker game of its kind anywhere in the world. Ten players will be required to stake a minimum of $1 million, though it is expected that some players will bring more to the table. The Aussie Millions is now regarded as the largest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere and the sixth-largest internationally (by prizepool).

TelevisionEdit

In 2013, Crown's Aussie Millions Poker Championship television coverage, produced by McGuire Media in conjunction with Poker PROductions, was a nine-episode series broadcast on One HD and ESPN Australia. The series was hosted by Lynn Gilmartin, with commentary by Joe Hachem and Jonno Pittock, as well as pro analysis by Antonio Esfandiari.[1]

Main Event structureEdit

The structure of the Main Event is slightly different from that of most other major tournaments. While most major Hold 'em tournaments, including the World Series of Poker Main Event, play at nine-handed tables throughout, the Aussie Millions Main Event begins with eight-handed tables. Play continues eight-handed until the field is reduced to 36 players, at which point all tables are six-handed. The 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event structure will see Day 1 divided into three flights, with blind levels of 90 minutes' duration. From Day 2 until the completion of the tournament, the blind levels are 120 minutes long.[2]

High roller eventsEdit

The Aussie Millions is also known for its high roller tournaments, which have featured some of the highest buy-ins in history.

$100,000 ChallengeEdit

The high roller trend began in 2006 when the Aussie Millions launched its $100,000 No Limit Holdem Challenge (actual buy in is $100,500, including the $500 entry fee), at that time billed as the highest buy-in of any poker tournament in history. It has a particularly unusual structure:[2]

  • Players start with 100,000 chips, a comparatively larger amount compared to both the Aussie Millions and WSOP Main Events.
  • Betting is pot limit preflop and no limit afterwards.
  • Players are allowed only 30 seconds to act on their hands. At the start of the tournament, each player is given three extensions of 30 seconds each for use during the tournament.

The $100,000 Challenge was first played in 2006, with 10 entrants. Eighteen entered the Challenge in 2007, 25 in 2008,[2] and 24 in 2010. Daniel Shak won the 2010 tournament for a total prize of A$1,200,000.[3] A record field of 38 played in the 2011 edition.[4]

$250,000 Super High RollerEdit

With a number of other poker events adding tournaments with buy-ins comparable to that of the $100,000 Challenge, the Aussie Millions added a tournament with a $250,000 buy-in in 2011, which the organisers again claimed as the world's highest. (Since then, the World Series of Poker has held an official event with a US$1 million buy-in.) It was originally scheduled to be a heads-up no-limit event, but the organisers changed the format twice, settling on what they thought would be a single-table no-limit hold 'em tournament. However, 20 players entered the inaugural $250K tournament, including major stars Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Tom Dwan, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, David Benyamine and Annette Obrestad, plus Sam Trickett, who had just won that year's $100K event. Seidel, who had finished second in the $100K event, won the $2.5 million first prize, defeating Trickett in heads-up play.[5][6]

The 2012 event was won by Ivey, who defeated 15 other players to win $2 million, the largest prize of his career.[7] Trickett won the 2013 event, also winning $2 million after defeating 17 other players.[8]

ResultsEdit

Main Event WinnersEdit

1998 Australian Poker Championships (Limit Hold'em)Edit

  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Date: 26 July 1998
  • Number of buy-ins: 74
  • Total Prize Pool: $74,000
  • Number of Payouts: 9
Final Table [9]
Place Name Prize
1st   Alex Horowitz $25,900
2nd   Ken Eastwood $14,800
3rd   David Gorr $7,400
4th   Leo Boxell $4,810
5th   Mike Ivin $3,700
6th   Jason Gray $2,960
7th   Michael Marcos $2,220
8th   Vince Oliver $1,850
9th   Emilia Garvenovak $1,480

1999 Australian Poker Championships (Pot-Limit Hold'em)Edit

  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Date: August 1999
  • Number of buy-ins: 109
  • Total Prize Pool: $109,000
  • Number of Payouts: 18
Final Table [10]
Place Name Prize
1st   Milo Nadalin $38,150
2nd   Adam Haman $21,800
3rd   Joe Meissner $10,900
4th   Sam Khouiss $7,085
5th   Larry Jones $5,450
6th   Billy Argyros $4,360
7th   Brian Mulvihill $3,270
8th   Vic Thornton $2,725
9th   John Maver $2,180

2000 Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Date: Sunday, 27 August 2000
  • Number of buy-ins: 109
  • Total Prize Pool: $173,500
  • Number of Payouts: 18
Final Table [11]
Place Name Prize
1st   Leo Boxell $65,225
2nd   Gerry Fitt $32,700
3rd   Gary Benson $16,350
4th   Jason Gray $10,628
5th   Martin Comer $8,175
6th   Charles Cuschieri $6,540
7th   Joe Humunicki $4,905
8th   Wendy Boxell $4,088
9th   Chris Newton $3,270

2001 Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Date: Friday, 24 August 2001
  • Number of buy-ins: 101
  • Total Prize Pool: $151,500
  • Number of Payouts: 18
Final Table [12]
Place Name Prize
1st   Sam Korman $53,025
2nd   Eric Sclavos $30,300
3rd   James Potter $15,150
4th   Toby Atroshenko $9,848
5th   John Maitland $7,575
6th   Jamil Dia $6,060
7th   Gerry Fitt $4,545
8th   Lee Nelson $3,787
9th   Mick Anderson $3,030

2002 Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • 2-Day Event: Friday, 11 January 2002 to Saturday, 12 January 2002
  • Number of buy-ins: 66
  • Total Prize Pool: $330,000
  • Number of Payouts: 10
Final Table [13]
Place Name Prize
1st   John Maver $150,000
2nd   John Homann $63,000
3rd   David Szetho $35,000
4th   Lee Nelson $24,500
5th   Chris Newton $17,500
6th   Toby Atroshenko $10,500
7th   Frank Callaghan $9,625
8th   Mike Guttman $7,875
9th   Constantin Harach $7,000

2003 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Date: Sunday, 12 January 2003
  • Number of buy-ins: 122
  • Total Prize Pool: $1,220,000
  • Number of Payouts: 18
Final Table [14]
Place Name Prize
1st   Peter Costa $394,870
2nd   Leo Boxell $225,640
3rd   Harry Demetriou $124,102
4th   Sam Khouiss $101,538
5th   Joe Cabret $78,974
6th   Ram Vaswani $67,692
7th   Martin Comer $56,410
8th   Erich Kollmann $45,128
9th   Joe Beevers $33,846

2004 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Date: Thursday, 15 January 2004
  • Number of buy-ins: 133
  • Total Prize Pool: $1,330,000
  • Number of Payouts: 18
Final Table [15]
Place Name Prize
1st   Tony Bloom $426,500
2nd   Jesse Jones $243,700
3rd   Kenna James $134,000
4th   David Hatzis $109,700
5th   Mark Banin $85,300
6th   Brian Hull $73,100
7th   Mike Ivin $60,900
8th   Han Luu $48,700
9th   Tino Lechich $36,600

2005 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 3-Day Event: Tuesday, 18 January 2005 to Thursday, 20 January 2005
  • Number of buy-ins: 263
  • Total Prize Pool: $2,630,000
  • Number of Payouts: 40
Final Table [16]
Place Name Prize
1st   Jamil Dia $1,000,000
2nd   Mike Simkin $465,000
3rd   George Mamacas $250,000
4th   Martin Comer $170,000
5th   Stephen McLean $110,000
6th   Warwick Dunnett $80,000
7th   Jonathan Paul $70,000
8th   Gary Benson $60,000
9th   Marcel Lüske $50,000

2006 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 6-Day Event: Saturday, 14 January 2006 to Thursday, 19 January 2006
  • Number of buy-ins: 418
  • Total Prize Pool: $4,180,000
  • Number of Payouts: 48
Final Table [17]
Place Name Prize
1st   Lee Nelson $1,295,800
2nd   Robert Neary $689,700
3rd   Nenad Medic $376,200
4th   Shannon Shorr $271,700
5th   Jeff Sealey $209,000
6th   Russell Davies $167,200
7th   Wes Bugiera $125,400

2007 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 6-Day Event: Sunday, 14 January 2007 to Friday, 19 January 2007
  • Number of buy-ins: 747
  • Total Prize Pool: $7,470,000
  • Number of Payouts: 80
Final Table [18]
Place Name Prize
1st   Gus Hansen $1,500,000
2nd   Jimmy Fricke $1,000,000
3rd   Andy Black $700,000
4th   Julius Colman $500,000
5th   Hans Vogl $400,000
6th   Marc Karam $300,000
7th   Kristy Gazes $220,000

2008 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipsEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 6-Day Event: Sunday, 14 January 2008 to Friday, 19 January 2008
  • Number of buy-ins: 780
  • Total Prize Pool: A$7,758,500
  • Number of Payouts: 80
Final Table [19]
Place Name Prize
1st   Alexander Kostritsyn $1,650,000
2nd   Erik Seidel $1,000,000
3rd   Michael Chrisanthopoulos $700,000
4th   Peter Ling $500,000
5th   Nino Marotta $400,000
6th   Antonio Casale $300,000
7th   Peter Mobbs $225,000

2009 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 7-Day Event: Saturday, 17 January 2009 to Friday, 23 January 2009
  • Number of buy-ins: 681
  • Total Prize Pool: $6,810,000
  • Number of Payouts: 64
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Stewart Scott $2,000,000
2nd   Peter Rho $1,000,000
3rd   Elliot Smith $700,000
4th   Rajkumar Ramakrishnan $400,000
5th   Sam Capra $300,000
6th   Zach Gruneberg $210,000
7th   Richard Ashby $150,000

2010 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 7-Day Event: Sunday, 24 January 2010 to Saturday, 30 January 2010
  • Number of buy-ins: 746
  • Total Prize Pool: $7,460,000
  • Number of Payouts: 72
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Tyron Krost $2,000,000
2nd   Frederik Jensen $1,100,000
3rd   Sorel Mizzi $715,000
4th   Kosta Varoxis $450,000
5th   Peter Jetten $350,000
6th   Steven Friedlander $250,000
7th   Annette Obrestad $175,000

2011 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 7-Day Event: Sunday, 23 January 2011 to Saturday, 29 January 2011
  • Number of buy-ins: 721
  • Total Prize Pool: $7,210,000
  • Number of Payouts: 72
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   David Gorr $2,000,000
2nd   James Keys $1,035,000
3rd   Jeff Rossiter $700,000
4th   Michael Ryan $450,000
5th   Randy Dorfman $325,000
6th   Samad Razavi $225,000
7th   Chris Moorman $175,000

2012 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 7-Day Event: Sunday, 22 January 2012 to Saturday, 28 January 2012
  • Number of buy-ins: 659
  • Total Prize Pool: $6,590,000
  • Number of Payouts: 72
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Oliver Speidel $1,600,000
2nd   Kenneth Wong $1,000,000
3rd   Mile Krstanoski $610,000
4th   Mohamad Kowssarie $405,000
5th   Patrick Healy $300,000
6th   Bjorn Li $230,000
7th   Yann Dion $170,000

2013 Crown Australian Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 7-Day Event: Sunday, January 27 to Saturday, February 2, 2013
  • Number of buy-ins: 629
  • Total Prize Pool: $6,290,000
  • Number of Payouts: 64
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Mervin Chan $1,600,000
2nd   Joseph Cabret $1,000,000
3rd   Patrik Antonius $600,000
4th   Dan Shak $400,000
5th   Jarrod Glennon $290,000
6th   David Yan $220,000
7th   Jay Tan $150,000

2014 Aussie Millions Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,600
  • 7-Day Event: Sunday, February 2 to Sunday, February 9, 2014
  • Number of buy-ins: 668
  • Total Prize Pool: $6,680,000
  • Number of Payouts: 72
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Ami Barer $1,600,000
2nd   Sorel Mizzi $1,000,000
3rd   Jake Balsiger $650,000
4th   Darren Rabinowitz $450,000
5th   Vincent Rubianes $335,000
6th   Andrew Phaedonos $250,000
7th   Scott Seiver $170,000

2015 Aussie Millions Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,600
  • 7-Day Event: January 25-February 1
  • Number of buy-ins: 648
  • Total Prize Pool: $6,480,000
  • Number of Payouts: 72
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Manny Stavropoulos $1,385,500
2nd   Lennart Uphoff $1,214,500
3rd   Joel Douaglin $630,000
4th   James Rann $430,000
5th   Brian Rast $315,000
6th   Anthony Legg $235,000
7th   Richard Lyndaker $160,000

2016 Aussie Millions Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,600
  • 6-Day Event: January 25-January 31
  • Number of buy-ins: 732
  • Total Prize Pool: $7,320,000
  • Number of Payouts: 81
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Ari Engel $1,600,000
2nd   Tony Dunst $1,000,000
3rd   Samantha Abernathy $624,000
4th   Alex Lynskey $445,000
5th   Dylan Honeyman $340,000
6th   Kitty Kuo $270,000
7th   John Apostolidis $210,000

2017 Aussie Millions Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • 9-Day Event: January 22-January 30
  • Number of buy-ins: 725
  • Total Prize Pool: $7,685,000
  • Number of Payouts: 80
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Shurane Vijayaram $1,600,000
2nd   Ben Heath $1,000,000
3rd   Tobias Hausen $620,000
4th   Jeff Rossiter $440,000
5th   Fedor Holz $335,000
6th   David Olson $270,000
7th   Luke Roberts $210,000

2018 Aussie Millions Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,600
  • 8-Day Event: January 28-February 4
  • Number of buy-ins: 800
  • Total Prize Pool: $8,000,000
  • Number of Payouts: 88
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Toby Lewis $1,458,198
2nd   Stefan Huber $909,699
3rd   Espen Solaas $1,177,103
4th   Chul-Hyon Park $470,000
5th   Mike Del Vecchio $370,000
6th   Ben Richardson $300,000
7th   Johan Schumacher $235,000

2019 Aussie Millions Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,600
  • 7-Day Event: January 28-February 3
  • Number of buy-ins: 822
  • Total Prize Pool: $8,220,000
  • Number of Payouts: 88
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Bryn Kenney $1,272,598*
2nd   Mike Del Vecchio $1,272,162*
3rd   Andrew Hinrichsen $1,097,739*
4th   Clinton Taylor $483,000
5th   Matthew Wakeman $380,300
6th   Gyeong Byeong Lee $309,000
7th   Hamish Crawshaw $242,000

*-The final three players made a deal, with Kenney being crowned champion

2020 Aussie Millions Poker ChampionshipEdit

  • Buy-in: $10,600
  • 7-Day Event: January 17-24, 2020
  • Number of buy-ins: 820
  • Total Prize Pool: $8,200,000
  • Number of Payouts: 88
Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st   Vincent Wan $1,318,000*
2nd   Ngoc Tai Hoang $1,318,000*
3rd   Gareth Pepper $1,000,000*
4th   Nino Ullmann $480,160
5th   Erik Seidel $378,660
6th   Oliver Weis $307,820
7th   Nicolas Malo $240,080

* - Denotes deal between the final three players

High Roller Winners (A$ 100,000 Challenge)Edit

Year Winner Prize Entries Total Prize Pool
2006   John Juanda A$1,000,000 10 A$1,000,000
2007   Erick Lindgren A$1,000,000 18 A$1,800,000
2008   Howard Lederer A$1,250,000 25 A$2,500,000
2009   David Steicke A$1,200,000 23 A$2,300,000
2010   Daniel Shak A$1,200,000 24 A$2,400,000
2011   Sam Trickett A$1,525,000 38 A$3,800,000
2012   Dan Smith A$1,012,000 22 A$2,200,000
2013   Andrew Robl A$1,000,000 22 A$2,200,000
2014   Yevgeniy Timoshenko A$2,000,000 47 (29 Rebuys) A$7,486,000
2015   Richard Yong A$1,870,000 70 A$6,860,000
2016   Fabian Quoss A$1,446,480 41 (11 Rebuys) A$4,018,000
2017   Nick Petrangelo A$882,000 18 A$1,764,000
2018   Michael Lim A$931,000 19 A$1,862,000
2019   Cary Katz A$1,481,760 42 A$4,116,000
2020   Kahle Burns A$1,746,360 54 A$5,292,000

Super High Roller Winners (A$ 250,000 Challenge)Edit

Year Winner Prize Entries Total Prize Pool
2011   Erik Seidel A$2,500,000 20 A$5,000,000
2012   Phil Ivey A$2,000,000 16 A$4,000,000
2013   Sam Trickett A$2,000,000 18 A$4,500,000
2014   Phil Ivey A$4,000,000 30 (16 Rebuys) A$11,270,000
2015   Phil Ivey A$2,205,000 25 A$6,105,000
2016   Steve O'Dwyer A$951,960 16 (1 Rebuy) A$3,920,000

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