One of the most popular tournament festivals have been underway for a week now and several events have already been taken down.
The 2018 Aussie Millions started on January 17th with the Flight 1 of the $1,150 Opening Event. The event generated a massive field of 1,538, generating a prize pool of A$1,576,450($1,254,466) with A$315,295($250,897) for the eventual winner. Austrian Benedikt Eberle was the fortunate one to scoop the trophy and the quarter-million. This score was by far the biggest for the young player as he had less than $4,000 in total live tournament earnings prior to this.
Event #2: $2,500 H.O.R.S.E kicked off on the 18th. The mixed-game event
attracted a total of 49 players, who were all aiming for the A$39,700($31,662) first prize. Local Melbourne player, Salvatore Ribbera, executed this plan perfectly as he won the event and the prize. Salvatore had 5 2nd place finishes before this, so it looks like he was well prepared for a win. He now has $80k in total earnings.
On Sunday 192 players got together to decide who will be this year’s A$1,150 No Limit Holdem – Shot Clock Shootout (Event #3) champion. The 7-handed final table was made up of participants from 6 different countries. After the fall of Japan’s Keita Koyama (7th; A$8,860), Hong Kong’s Hon Cheong Lee (6th; A$10,825), UK’s Vasco Zapantzis (5th; A$10,825) and Australians Harold Schmidt (4th; A$16,735) and Craig Landry (3rd; A$20,670) the heads-up started between Jason Brown from New Zealand and Thomas Mühlöcker from Austria.
Mühlöcker, who was the most accomplished player in the finals with $5.4 million in total earnings, was no stranger to the final table of this event either since he managed to take down the exact same event last year, for A$40,125($30,084).
However, this time he couldn’t do the same, as he got 2nd against Jason Brown. Jason earned A$49,200 for the win as well as the ANTON ring. He now stands with $186k in live tournament winnings.
|6th||Hon Cheong Lee||A$10,825|
A$1,150 Pot-Limit Omaha (Event #4) also finished, after 283 busted the event. Australia’s Andrew Locke was the only one, who left the table without a lost final hand, as he took down the whole thing for A$69,140($55,249). He beat Chuyue Cui in the heads up.
The series will continue tomorrow with the A$1,150 No Limit Holdem – Mix Max (Event #5). Notable events such as the A$10,600 Main Event, the A$50,000 Challenge or the A$100,000 Challenge are still yet to be started. Stay tuned for the updates.