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Cards dealt at Aussie Millions’ first weekend

Tue, Jan 7, 12:13pm by Mia Chapman

The Aussie Millions taking place in Melbourne got started over the weekend with its first final table upon us.

Jan Suchanek will lead a solid final table in the $2,500 HORSE event.

A couple of familiar names will be joining him, Poker News reports.

Ari Engel sits second in chips out of the final eight, with flights 3 and 4 of the opening event of the Millions event kicking off on Monday.

66 players have already punched their ticket to day two, but 100 more players plan to join them, with Zack Lowrie the current chip leader with 214,000 chips.

In Manila, Lester Edoc has won the PokerStars Red Dragon Manila 500k tournament.

The Philippines native took home more than US$100,000 in the inaugural event.

The tournament had only 30 entries, but Edoc was all smiles afterwards saying: “This is one of the best final tables ever! I was short stacked all the way, from nine players until we goto to heads up – then became chip leader, then got down to eight big blinds, then came back to win!”

2020 tournament expected to be one of the biggest yet

The 2020 edition of the Aussie Millions marks its 23rd edition and it is the largest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.

While the name has changed over the years, it is the Australian equivalent of the World Series of Poker.

The tournament gained momentum in 2005 when Joe Hachem travelled to Las Vegas and became the first Australian to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker.

The popularity of casino poker gaming and Texas hold’em is often attributed to Hachem, who’s considered among the best high-stakes cash game players in Australia.

The 2019 Aussie Millions took place from January 28 to February 3.

The $100,000 buy-in tournament saw the second highest participation ever, with 42 buy ins and a prize of more than $4 million.

American Cary Katz won the tournament.

The Main Event broke a record in 2019.

822 buy-ins generated a prize pool of $8.2 million

The winner of the event was American Bryn Kenney, who pocketed nearly $1.3 million.

The 2019 event didn’t come down to a last-man standing situation as is the case in most tournaments.

After playing 109 hands, Kenney, Mike Del Vecchio and Andrew Hinrichsen made a deal to end play.

When the deal was made, Del Vecchio had more chips, but Kennedy would only agree to the deal if he was declared the winner.

Del Vecchio agreed if Kenney took a lower payout than the champion was entitled to, so it was agreed that Kenedy would get the win and only $436 would divide the two’s purses.

The Aussie Millions has the sixth-largest prize pool in the world and the largest south of the equator.

In addition to the $100,000 challenge and Main Event, the competition has had 25 additional lower buy-in events.

The event attracts the high rollers of poker and the poker elite and shows no signs of slowing down.

The players from the Northern Hemisphere enjoy the change of scenary in January and February.

It is also a nice warm up for the upcoming World Series of Poker that takes place each May, giving players enough time to return to the  United States and play to win satellite games to win a spot in the Main Event.


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