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Crown Australian Poker Championship

Crown Australian Poker Championship
Sport Texas Hold 'em
Founded 1998
No. of teams No officially recognized teams
Country Australia
Most recent champion(s) Manny Stavropoulos

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.

History

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).

Television

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.

Main Event structure

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.

High roller events

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

$100,000 Challenge

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:

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

$250,000 Super High Roller

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.

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

Results

Main Event Winners

1998 Australian Poker Championships (Limit Hold'em)

Final Table
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)

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championships

Final Table
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 Championship

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 Championship

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 Championship

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 Championship

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 Championship

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 Championship

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 Championship

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

High Roller Winners (A$ 100,000 Challenge)

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

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

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
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