The Australian Poker Championship or Aussie Millions is a well-known poker tournaments series that is held in Melbourne, Australian at the Crown Casino. The main event of Aussie Million is the Southern Hemisphere poker tournament which usually features a staggering prize pool of over A$7 million. The very first Aussie Millions poker tournament was held in June of 1997.
At the time, the Main Event was a Limit Holdem tournament with a $1K buy-in which attracted seventy-four players. Later on, the events’ buy-in increased to $5K and featured bigger prize pools of $200,000. Back in January of 2001, the event went bigger and it attracted a big field of one hundred and twenty-two entries and features a great prize pool of $1.2 million.
Then, four years later, the poker tournaments continued to grow with two hundred and sixty-three players who paid $10K each to participate in the tournament’s No-Limit Hold’em Main Event which generated the biggest prize pool of $2.6 million in the Southern Hemisphere. At the time, over half of the playing field included players from the USA, Norway, Denmark, England, New Zealand, Canada, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Sweden, and other countries.
Some of the biggest names in the world of professional poker games competed at the tournament including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Joe Hachem, and John Juanda among others. The Aussie Millions as one of the biggest poker tournaments today as well as the sixth-biggest globally by generated prize pools has returned for 2020.
The Opening Event Included 242 Players
As every other year before, the 2020 Aussie Millions has attracted a myriad of poker fans and enthusiasts including some of the biggest names who have gathered at the Crown Casino to participate in one of the biggest poker tournament events. The 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event started on the 4th of January. Needless to say, the series is fully committed to offering the best poker offering in the world while the event’s organizers are confident that everything will go as planned.
When it comes to the series’ Opening Event, it included two hundred and forty-two players while a total of twenty-eight players moved further on the second day. The second event started over the weekend with an exciting H.O.R.S.E. tournament which featured a $2,5K buy-in. Then, the third event kicked off on the 9th of January offering loads of Pot Limit Omaha gaming actions for a buy-in of $1,1K. the event four included No-Limit Hold’em Mix Max poker actions while over the weekend, the 2020 Aussie Millions features No-Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Deep Freeze poker actions.
Jo Snell Winning the Opening Event; Two More Winners Crowned Later
It took six long days after the 2020 Aussie Millions started. The Opening Event included a massive field or players until Samuel Jefferies and Jo Snell competed in an exciting heads-up game. Jo Snell was the very first winner for this year’s poker tournament which took home a great prize of A$341K and of course, the Aussie Millions Championship ring.
Then, on the 10th of January, we have witnessed amazing Freek Scholten winning Event #4 in No-Limit Hold’em Mix Max. This event gathered three hundred and forty-two players with only thirty-five of them managing to advance to the event’s final day. Freek Scholten firstly eliminated Karim Kamal who was the chip leader at the time, then Xiaqing Ji and finally Nino Ullmann to win the event and takehome A$86K. The series Event #3 in Pot Limit Omaha saw amazing Matthew Edwards taking the throne here and winning A$83K after defeating Matthew Sheils, Claudio Celenza, Sherif Deris and Ryan Hong among three hundred and forty-four of other players who competed in this event.