2020 Aussie Millions

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Jo Snell Wins 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event (A$341,325)

Jo Snell Wins 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event
Jo Snell Wins 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event

After six days of intense competition, Jo Snell has topped a field of 1,665 players to win the 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event and A$341,325.

Snell came into the final day slap bang in the middle of the pack, sitting seventh in chips with 14 players remaining and defeated Samuel Jefferies heads-up for the biggest result of his career by far.

The result almost triples his lifetime cashes, as well as making him the latest proud recipient of an ANTON Jewellery Championship Ring after navigating his way to victory in less than nine hours.

Opening Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPayout (AUD)Payout (USD)
1Jo Snell$341,325$235,514
2Samuel Jeffries$210,775$145,435
3Jonathan Karamalikis$125,445$86,557
4Michael Egan$90,625$62,531
5Jungwoon An$61,450$42,401
6Ryan Henry$44,375$30,619
7Egor Bulychev$37,550$25,910
8Sohrab Rezvanpour$32,425$22,373
9Bo Jin$27,315$18,847
10Andrew Shanahan$20,825$14,369

Winner's Reaction

"This is my first Aussie Millions event," said Snell. "And just to whack it off out of like 1,600 people is...you have to get pretty lucky. And for that to be my first event is outrageous."

A pivotal hand for Snell at the final table came with the elimination of Sohrab Rezvanpour. Snell held pocket kings against his opponent's queens, with the subsequent elimination seeing Snell chip up to almost four million in chips.

Snell told PokerNews that he was just trying to play for first and that he felt extremely thankful and grateful for the result.

"I wasn't trying to pay jump or anything. When I got to the final table I was annoyed because I had a decent stack, with the two big stacks to my left. I was pretty handcuffed, so I really thought once the draw came out it was going to be really tough to do well.

Jonathan Karamalikis will have to wait for a second Aussie Millions ring after finishing third today
Jonathan Karamalikis will have to wait for a second Aussie Millions ring after finishing third today

With a number of cashes on the Australian Poker Tour to his name, Snell said that he didn't change his game ahead of the Aussie Millions.

"I just tried to play normally. I mean, it's worked so far, so why change it? Coming into today I thought if I was going to win I was going to have to get really lucky, because there was Jono [Karamalikis] left, along with Zack [Cowrie] and Michael Egan. The final table was going to be extremely tough.

"But to get through Jono and Michael at the final table, especially when they were pretty deep... I was pretty happy about that.

Tournament Recap

Eliminations in the money included David Yan (139th - $3,070), Jackson Warne (132nd – $3,070), Kristy Moreno (123rd - $3,415), 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Tyron Krost (109th - $3,415), Ivan Deyra (101st - $3,755), Marc Macdonnell (93rd - $3,755), Corentin Ropert (78th - $4,095), Quan Zhou (75th - $4,095), Gautam Dhingra (73rd - $4,095).

2020 Aussie Millions
2020 Aussie Millions

H.O.R.S.E. runner-up Julien Sitbon (71st - $4,435) also cashed, along with fellow European Bart Lybaert (58th - $4,435) and Anthony Spinella (39th - $5,290), Daniel Hachem (32nd - $5,975), Martin Jacobson (21st - $9,555) as well as start-of-day chip leader David Tang (18th - $11,095).

A Strong Start to the 2020 Aussie Millions

With a changed up schedule, the Opening Event has occupied a new slot in the Aussie Millions schedule this year, but that hasn't stopped it attracting strong numbers year-on-year.

Flight2019 EntrantsPlayers Advancing2020 EntrantsPlayers Advancing%change
Total1,752 1,655  

There's still a lot of poker to be played at the Aussie Millions this year, and you can stay up-to-date with it all right here on PokerNews

$25,000 Pot-Limit OmahaJanuary 13-14, 2020
$25,000 ChallengeJanuary 15-16, 2020
$50,000 ChallengeJanuary 17-18, 2020
$10,600 Main EventJanuary 17-24, 2020
$100,000 ChallengeJanuary 22-23, 2020

Tags: Anthony SpinellaBart LybaertCorentin RopertDaniel HachemDavid TangMarc MacDonnellKristy MorenoJulien SitbonJonathan KaramalikisJo SnellIvan DeyraGautam DhingraMichael EganQuan ZhouTyron Krost

Payouts Confirmed in A$1,150 Pot Limit Omaha

2020 Aussie Millions
2020 Aussie Millions

Registration has closed in the 2020 Aussie Millions A$1,150 Pot Limit Omaha event, with 349 total entries.

Players spotted in the field earlier today included Benny Glaser, Tobias Peters, Bart Lybaert, Andrew Kelsall, Julien Sitbon, and Oliver Gill.

Just 41 places will be paid, with a min-cash worth A$1,964.

A$1,150 Pot Limit Omaha Payouts

PlacePayout (AUD)Payout (USD)

A short time ago there were still well over 100 players still in the tournament. A reminder that the tournament will end today at the end of Level 18, or when the tournament reaches a final table, whichever comes sooner.

Tags: Andrew KelsallBart LybaertBenny GlaserJulien SitbonOliver GillTobias Peters

Down to Seven in the Opening Event; Karamalikis Still Leads

2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event
2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event

From a starting field of 1,652, the 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event is down to eight players after half a dozen eliminations on the final day.

Jonathan Karamalikis came into the day as a strong chip leader ahead of Michael Egan, but by the time the tournament was down to a ten-handed final table, Egan had slipped to third in the counts and Jungwoon An had moved up into second.

Opening Event Final Table Draw

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Michael Egan1,760,000
2Ryan Henry1,555,000
3Andrew Shanahan710,000
4Samuel Jefferies1,335,000
5Egor Bulychev1,005,000
6Jo Snell2,075,000
7Bo Jin810,000
8Jonathan Karamalikis3,965,000
9Jung Woon An2,675,000
10Sohrab Rezvanpour870,000

Recent Eliminations

Andrew Shanahan came into the final table, but failed to run up a stack and was eliminated in 10th place. Bo Jin was equally short-stacked and followed him out the door.

Sohrab Rezvanpour had come into the day as the second shortest stack in the tournament, and had done well to ladder this far. However, he ran queens into kings and was eliminated in eighth.

Karamalikis has dropped off the pace recently, and Jo Snell finds himself top of the leaderboard with almost four million. The remaining seven players are all guaranteed A$20,825.

PlacePlayerPayout (AUD)Payout (USD)
1 $341,325$235,514
2 $210,775$145,435
3 $125,445$86,557
4 $90,625$62,531
5 $61,450$42,401
6 $44,375$30,619
7 $37,550$25,910
8Sohrab Rezvanpour$32,425$22,373
9Bo Jin$27,315$18,847
10Andrew Shanahan$20,825$14,369

We'll be bringing you a full recap of the tournament once it concludes later this evening.

Tags: Andrew ShanahanBo JinJonathan KaramalikisMichael Egan

Today at the Aussie Millions

2020 Aussie Millions
2020 Aussie Millions

Today is the day that we begin to get into the real meat of the 2020 Aussie Millions festival, with two events kicking off today as well as the second ANTON Jewellery Championship ring being awarded in the Opening Event.

That kicks off at 12:10 pm with just 14 players remaining, before the A$1,150 Pot Limit Omaha commences at 12:15pm and the Mix Max later this evening at 6:10 pm.

Schedule For Today

9th JanuaryOpening Event Final Day12:10pmRegistration ClosedPoker Room
 Pot Limit Omaha12:15pmA$1,150Poker Room
 Mix Max6:10pmA$1,150Exhibition Hall

Opening Event

Pot Limit Omaha

The first over several PLO tournaments at this year's Aussie Millions sees the A$1,150 event, won last year by New Zealand's Paul Hockin after a heads-up deal with Dylan Kii.

The former ANZPT winner won his first ring and A$60,070 after defeating a field of 288 entries.

PlaceNameCountryPayout (AUD)Payout (USD)
1Paul HockinNew Zealand$60,070*$43,250*
2Dylan KiiAustralia$45,025*$32,418*
3Michael HahnUnited States$28,780$20,722
4Johan DalessandriAustralia$22,880$16,474
5Michael SeymourAustralia$17,270$12,434
6William MitchellAustralia$14,020$10,094
7Ryan HongAustralia$11,070$7,970
8Peter BrasileAustralia$8,855$6,376
9Christine HiaMalaysia$7,085$5,101

*Denotes heads-up deal.

Pot Limit Omaha Champion Paul Hockin
Pot Limit Omaha Champion Paul Hockin

Players will receive 10,000 chips and one re-entry per person is allowed. Today they will play 18 levels or until Final Table, whichever comes first. There will be 15-minute breaks after every three 40-minute levels and a 45-minute dinner break at the conclusion of Level 12.

Once a final table is reached, the levels will increase to 60 minutes.

Mix Max

One of several high-profile ANTON Jewellery ring-winners at the 2019 Aussie Millions was former Main Event champion Ari Engel who took down the A$1,150 Mix Max tournament for A$71,900.

Featuring full ring, six max and heads-up play, the tournament requires a lot from players who will start with 10,000 chips and are allowed one re-entry.

Play will be full ring until 60 players remain. The tournament will then re-draw to six-handed. That will continue until eight-handed when heads-up play will begin.

Play on Day 1 will finish when the money bubble bursts and will resume at 1 pm the following day.

PlaceNameCountryPayout (AUD)Payout (USD)
1Ari EngelCanada$71,900*$51,768*
2Charlie HawesNew Zealand$47,300*$34,056*
3Alex LeeSingapore$23,665$17,039
4Hwan ParkKorea$23,655$17,032
5Casey KastleSlovenia$9,835$7,081
6Friedrich MartinAustralia$9,835$7,081
7Jack SalterUnited Kingdom$9,835$7,081
8Sarah BilneyAustralia$9,835$7,081

*Denotes heads-up deal.

2019 Mix Max Champion Ari Engel
2019 Mix Max Champion Ari Engel

Tags: Ari EngelPaul Hockin

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