The Aussie Millions (formerly the Crown Australian Poker Championship) is the largest and richest poker festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Since 1998, it has been held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
The Main Event has grown from just 74 entries to over 800, and continues to attract some of the world's biggest poker stars.
PokerNews has provided live coverage from the Aussie Millions since 2007.
Origins of the Crown Australian Poker Championship
The very first Australian Poker Championships were held in 1998. The buy-in was A$1,000 and the Limit Hold'em tournament was won by Alex Horowitz. The following year, the buy-in remained the same but the format shifted to Pot-Limit Hold'em.
In 2000, the buy-in increased to A$1,500. It increased again to A$5,000 in 2002 and then to A$10,000 in 2003 where it has remained ever since.
The very first non-Australian to win the tournament was Englishman Peter Costa in 2003. His victory was followed by that of another Englishman, Tony Bloom, in 2004.
Two players from New Zealand took honours in 2005 and 2006 with Jamil Dia and Lee Nelson the first two players to win A$1,000,000+ first prizes.
Costa's 2003 victory came in a field of 122 players. Four years later, at the 2007 Aussie Millions the field had soared to 747 entries and the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event was won by Gus Hansen. His victory was made famous by the book 'Every Hand Revealed' where he broke down every single important hand he played en-route to victory.
After two years without an Australian winner, the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event was won by Stewart Scott who defeated Peter Rho heads-up. Both players became millionaires, with Scott winning A$2,000,000 and runner-up Rho A$1,000,000.
The High Rollers were out in force in 2013, with the big winner being Sam Trickett, who followed up his 2011 A$100,000 Challenge win with victory in the A$250,000 Challenge.
Mervin "The Cat" Chan from Malaysia was the champion of the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event, defeating the likes of Dan Shak and Patrik Antonius en-route to winning A$1.6 million and a Chrysler 300C car.
The Aussie Millions title returned to Canada in 2016, after Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. He beat Tony Dunst heads-up at a final table featuring two popular female players - Sam Abernathy and Kitty Kuo.
Plenty of big names were in action in the side events. Steve O'Dwyer won the A$250,000 Challenge, with the likes of Chance Kornuth, Michael Soyza, Stephen Chidwick and Martin Finger all grabbing Aussie Millions rings.
England hadn't won an Aussie Millions Main Event since 2004, but it was Toby Lewis who emerged triumphant in the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event, winning A$1,458,198 after a three-way deal with Stefan Huber and Espen Solaas.
Lewis followed up his Main Event win with victory in the A$50,000 Challenge the following year, as both Rainer Kempe and Cary Katz took down other High Rollers.
In the 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event, it was the very first victory by an American as Bryn Kenney secured victory. In what was the largest Aussie Millions Main Event in history, the final three players agreed a deal which would make them all millionaires, with Mike Del Vecchio second, and Andrew Hinrichsen securing third place.
The 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event was won by Vincent "Wonky" Wan. Del Vecchio narrowly missed out on an incredible third Main Event final table in a row, but would have to settle for tenth place.
At the final table, Erik Seidel rolled back the years making his second Aussie Millions Main Event final table after finishing runner-up to Alexander Kostritsyn in 2008. Seidel sits second in the Crown Melbourne all-time money list after a fifth place finish in 2020.