Aussie Millions: Red hot Toby Lewis wins the 50K Challenge and runner-up at the 25K; Vincent Huang wins ring #2

Returning to the arena where he won his first million, Aussie Millions 2018 Main Event champion – Toby Lewis – is running red hot. The champ topped the stiff competition at the AU$50K Challenge and finished second at the AU$25K Challenge. Both events were decided on a flip at heads up. His combined winnings padded him up over US$1.1 Million to bring him up to US$6.3 Million in total live earnings. We’ve got those results for you below including the Accumulator event won by Vincent Huang.

AU$25K Challenge

Reiner Kempe
Reiner Kempe – Photo Crown Poker / PokerNews

The first of the bigger buy-in events to take flight was the AU$25K Challenge with 151 suiting up. This was a much larger turnout than last year’s 114 entries hence a much larger prize pool of AU$3,624,000. Only 18 players earned a piece. Three of them having also cashed last year namely, Jack Salter (7th), Kazuhiko Yotsushika (8th), and Kitty Kuo (14th).

After a long and tiresome final day dash to the summit, a winner finally emerged at 4am. Claiming top prize and his first Aussie Millions ANTON Championship Ring was Rainer Kempe after an ICM deal was struck at heads up with Toby Lewis and a flip for the trophy. That’s now three victories this year for the German pro who won two events during his stint at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2019. Kempe earned AU$826,465 (US$587,200) for his win.

As for Lewis, he collected a fat payday as well worth AU$786,214 (US$558,600). That was more than enough to take on the ensuing 50K Challenge.

Taking 3rd was David “Chino” Rheem, recently crowned victor of the PCA 2019 Main Event. Rheem hasn’t cashed in the Aussie Millions since 2009. His finish here adds another six-figure AU$ 416,760 to his portfolio of over US$ 10 Million.

Final table payouts
Prize pool: AU$ 3,624,000 – Entries: 151 – ITM: 17 places

1st Rainer Kempe – Germany – AU$ 826,465
2nd Toby Lewis – UK – AU$ 786,214
3rd Chino Rheem – USA – AU$ 416,760
4th Guillaume Nolet – Canada – AU$ 308, 040
5th Gautam Dhingra- Australia – AU$ 217,440
6th Luke Marsh – UK – AU$ 154,020
7th Jack Salter – UK – AU$ 117,780

AU$50K Challenge

Toby Lewis
Toby Lewis – Photo Crown Poker / PokerNews

The AU$50K Challenge drew a healthy field of 62 entries for a prize pool of AU$3,007,000 (~US$2,156,300). That turnout was significantly much higher than the handful that entered both last year and in 2017. As expected, the usual heavy hitters were back at the tables including GPI 2018 Australia POY Michael Addamo, GPI 2018 Asia POY Michael Soyza, and Hong Kong pro Danny Tang. All three players would fail to reach the money. Falling hard on the bubble was Malaysia’s Chin Wei Lim.

After another long Day 2, the event was halted for an unscheduled Day 3. Only 5 players remained with Toby Lewis in the lead. Lewis held on, and upon reaching three-handed, he had an overwhelming chip advantage over Manig Loeser and Thomas Muehloecker. After Muehloecker’s fall in 3rd place, an ICM deal was struck and Lewis went on to win it on a flip.

1st Toby Lewis – UK – AU$818,054
2nd Manig Loeser – Germany – AU$772,246
3rd Thomas Muehloecker – Austria – AU$412,300
4th Dominik Nitsche – Germany – AU$323,950
5th Bjorn Li – Australia – AU$235,600
6th Tobias Ziegler – Germany – AU$206,150
7th Michael Zhang – UK AU$176,700

No Limit Hold’em Accumulator

Vinvent Huang
Vincent Huang – Photo Crown Poker / PokerNews

The AU$1,150 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Accumulator event drew a big field of 857 entrants. Winning the event was Australia’s Vincent Huang improving on his 12th place finish at this same event last year. This is now ring #2 for Huang who won his first one at the Tournament of Champions event also last year. Huang struck an ICM deal with Toby Joyce at heads up, and despite the chip deficit, he persevered to take earn his second Aussie Millions career title. Huang pocketed his first-ever six figure score of AU$139,070 (~US$100,000).

Final table payouts

1st Vincent Huang – Australia – AU$139,070 (deal made)
2nd Toby Joyce – Ireland – AU$161,800 (deal made)
3rd Joshua Abady – USA – AU$70,280
4th Jayan Prasad – India – AU$52,710
5th Bjorn Ostby – Australia – AU$35,140
6th Luke Martinelli – Australia – AU$27,585
7th Martin Corner – Australia – AU$21,965
8th Joep Raemaekers – Netherlands – AU$18,890
9th Anthony Marenko – Australia – AU$15,815

Comprised in the event’s big turnout was a large contingent of Asian players. Many of them cashed in: Wei-Hsun Chen (13th), Pete Yan Han Chen (26th). Te Mai (28th), Aditya Sushant (30th), Yake Wu (33rd), Alex Lee (37th), Wei-Cheng Yin (38th), Ang Seng (41st), Benedict Chiang (51st), Kuo Chen Hung (56th), Jiwei Deng (58th), Natalie Teh (60th), Gyeongbyeong Lee (69th), Vincent Li (71st), Hoong Ping Yong (72nd), Wu-Wei Dai (80th), Jun Obara (83rd), Nariman Yaghmai (88th), and Guoliang Wei (89th),

Article by Tricia David

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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