After a long day, the Aussie Millions Main Event Final Table is set.
The Aussie Millions is being held at the Crown Casino Melbourne from January 11-30, 2017. The Main Event of the festival has a buy-in of AU$10,000. After 3 hectic starting flights, the total field amounted to 725 players making the prize pool reach a whopping A$7,685,000.
Despite being the chip leader going into Day 2 and Day 4, Mustapha Kanit from Italy did not make it to the final table. He instead finished at 11th place receiving a cash prize of A$ 115,000. Jennifer Tilly who was leading in chip count at the end of Day 2 wasn’t able to make it to the final table as well. She finished at 29th place and received AU$40,000 for her efforts.
Here are the 7 finalists for the Aussie Millions Main Event. Anyone of these 7 players may receive the massive first place cash prize of A$1.6 Million while 2nd will take home A$1,000,000.
Shurane Vijayaram (7,470,000 chips)
Shurane Vijayaram, a relatively unknown poker player with no apparent history in Hendon Mob or Global Poker Index (GPI) is leading the pack of 7 into the final table of the Main Event. It would definitely be a Cinderella story and quite epic, if Vijayaram’s very first major live cash earning is to win one of the most illustrious poker events in the world.
Ben Heath (3,270,000 chips)
Ben Heath from England had his very first live cash earning recorded in 2013. Since then he has been consistently winning and improving his craft. His most recent triumph and his biggest cash victory to date happened just 2 weeks ago when he won US$141,440 at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas NLH 8-Max Event.
Jeff Rossiter (3,105,000 chips)
Jeff Rossiter is ranked 2nd in the All-Time Money List for Australia. He is one of the more prominent and experienced players in the Main Event final table. A consistent player, the biggest cash earning in Rossiter’s career so far is a 2nd place finish for US$ $ 3,155,887 at the GuangDong Asia Millions Macau in 2013.
Tobias Hausen (2,955,000 chips)
Tobias Hausen is from Germany and has been playing since 2011. Although he has been consistently cashing since then, he has yet to win a major event. But no matter which place he finishes tomorrow, this event will be his biggest cash earning to date as all players in the final table will be assured a cash prize of at least AU$210,000.
David Olson (2,350,000 chips)
David Olson from the United States has mostly been recorded playing at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and is actually a WSOP Bracelet winner.
Olson won the US$10,000 Limit Holdem Event in the 2014 WSOP Event for US$303,909.
Luke Roberts (1,305,000 chips)
Luke Roberts from Australia is one of the least experienced players at the final table. Although he has been seen playing since 2009, he has had no significant winnings recorded.
Fedor Holz (1,165,000 chips)
Last but definitely not the least is the most renowned player in the final table – no other than Fedor “Unstoppable” Holz. Holz who entered the Main Event at the last minute of the first level of Day 2 has kept true to form by making it all the way to the final table despite his delayed appearance on the field.
In 2016, Holz took the poker community by storm when he won more than US$14 Million in just 1 year. After winning 2016 WSOP High Roller for One Drop Bracelet, Holz announced that he was going to retire, just to win the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Super High Roller one month after. He claimed in his Twitter account that the EPT win was the first victory he has had as a recreational player.
Participants at the final table are taking a break today and will come back tomorrow.
Article by Gabrielle Barredo