Guide to Aussie Millions
The Aussie Millions is a poker tournament series held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
The inaugural event was run in 1998 and has been run every year since attracting some of the biggest and brightest names in the game.
Commonly known as the largest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere, the Main Event of the Aussie Millions usually generates a several million dollar prize pool up for grabs.
Each year the tournament is a series of preliminary events that lead up to the featured Main Event of the series. The preliminary events range in buy-ins and game type much like the World Series of Poker. The entire series is run over the span of about three weeks usually in mid to late January.
The Main Event started in 1998 as a $1,000 Limit Hold em event that brought in 74 players. In 2001, the series was shifted to January, and the Main Event buy-in was increased to $5,000 in 2002. In 2003, the Main Event was changed to a $10,000 buy-in and attracted 122 entrants. The event has continued to grow with the 2016 Main Event drawing 732 entrants at the buy-in of $10,600.
The structure of the Aussie Millions Main Event is a bit different from most major poker tour main events but is one that most serious players and professionals are a big fan of. The tournament starts on Day 1 at eight-handed tables and continues like that until the field is shrunk down to 36 players. At this point, the tournament switches to a six-max format (six players at each table). As this is a pro-friendly structure, there have been some grumbles from amateur players, though, most are happy to make it that far and to be able to have the privilege to complain about that.
Past Winners of the Aussie Millions Main Event
Below we’ve compiled the list of past winners of the Aussie Millions Main event as well as the name of the event (as it has evolved over the years) and what each player received for taking home the victory.
|1998||Australian Poker Championships (Limit Hold’em)||Alex Horowitz||$25,900|
|1999||Australian Poker Championships (Pot-Limit Hold’em)||Milo Nadalin||$38,150|
|2000||Australian Poker Championships||Leo Boxell||$65,225|
|2001||Australian Poker Championships||Sam Korman||$53,025|
|2002||Australian Poker Championships||John Maver||$150,000|
|2003||Crown Australian Poker Championships||Peter Costa||$394,870|
|2004||Crown Australian Poker Championships||Tony Bloom||$426,500|
|2005||Crown Australian Poker Championships||Jamil Dia||$1,000,000|
|2006||Crown Australian Poker Championships||Lee Nelson||$1,295,800|
|2007||Crown Australian Poker Championships||Gus Hansen||$1,500,000|
|2008||Crown Australian Poker Championships||Alexander Kostritsyn||$1,650,000|
|2009||Crown Australian Poker Championship||Stewart Scott||$2,000,000|
|2010||Crown Australian Poker Championship||Tyron Krost||$2,000,000|
|2011||Crown Australian Poker Championship||David Gorr||$2,000,000|
|2012||Crown Australian Poker Championship||Oliver Speidel||$1,600,000|
|2013||Crown Australian Poker Championship||Mervin Chan||$1,600,000|
|2014||Aussie Millions Poker Championship||Ami Barer||$1,600,000|
|2015||Aussie Millions Poker Championship||Manny Stavropoulos||$1,385,500|
|2016||Aussie Millions Poker Championship||Ari Engel||$1,600,000|
High Roller and Super High Roller Events
In addition to the other preliminary events, the Aussie Millions have added two special events to appeal to the high stakes (“nosebleed”) players and the wealthy. They started with adding the A$100,000 event in 2006 and the A$250,000 event in 2011. Both events have been run every year since.
While most players aren’t able to play in this size event, it is still a fan favorite as it draws out the best in the world and is an absolute must watch if you are there for the event. Below we’ve put together a list of the winners as well as how many entries (including rebuys) there was each year.
High Roller – A$100,000
|Year||Winner||Prize||Entries||Total Prize Pool|
|2006||John Juanda||A$ 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$ 1,520,000||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|
|2016||Fabian Quoss||A$ 1,446,480||41 (11 Rebuys)||A$ 4,018,000|
Super High Roller – A$250,000
|Year||Winner||Prize||Entries||Total Prize Pool|
|2011||Erik Seidel||A$ 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|
|2016||Steve O’Dwyer||A$ 951,960||16 (1 Rebuy)||A$ 3,920,000|