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Take a Look at the 2019 Aussie Millions High Roller Challenge Winners

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The first High Roller Challenge of the 2020 Aussie Millions is just a few days away, as the poker community gears up for some of the most prestigious five- and six-figure buy-in tournaments of the year.

In anticipation of his year's tournaments, PokerNews takes a look back at the Challenge winners from the 2019 Aussie Millions.

Anton Morgenstern Wins A$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha ($530,640)

2019 A$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Winner Anton Morgenstern
2019 A$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Winner Anton Morgenstern

It was a spectacular come-from-behind win for Anton Morgenstern in the A$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Challenge after defeating Farid Jattin heads-up.

Jattin held more than two thirds of the chips in play heads-up, with the Colombian starting with a 4:1 chip leader. However, two doubles for the German saw him battle back to secure victory in the first Challenge Event of the 2019 Aussie Millions.

"I went into the heads-up match honestly expecting to just get second," said Morgensterna fter his victory. "But sometimes the cards just come your way and you fight back.

"When we finally got even in chips he was asking for a deal, and I declined...and flopped a full house the next hand!"

PlaceNameCountryPayout (AUD)Payout (USD)
1Anton MorgensternGermany$530,640$382,061
2Farid JattinColombia$337,680$243,130
3Tobias ZieglerGermany$225,120$162,086
4Daniel DemickiBulgaria$176,880$127,354
5Jarryd GodenaAustralia$128,640$92,621
6Max LehmanskiGermany$112,560$81,043
7Alex FoxenUnited States$96,480$69,466

Rainer Kempe Wins A$25,000 Challenge (A$826,465*)

2019 A$25,000 Challenge Winner Rainer Kempe
2019 A$25,000 Challenge Winner Rainer Kempe

Good things come to those who wait, and the poker community was waiting until shortly before 4 a.m. local time for Rainer Kempe to clinch victory in the A$25,000 Challenge.

He chopped heads-up with 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Toby Lewis to win his first ANTON Jewellery Championship ring, four years after a runner-up finish in the 2015 Aussie Millions Accumulator.

"It's really cool," remarked Kempe shortly after his win. "I was kind of close to winning an Aussie Millions ring in one of my first live deep runs so it's nice to close this one out, so that's awesome.

A$25,000 Challenge Results

PlaceNameCountryPayout (AUD)Payout (USD)
1Rainer KempeGermany$826,465*$595,055*
2Toby LewisUnited Kingdom$786,214*$566,074*
3Chino RheemUnited States$416,760$300,067
4Guillaume NoletCanada$308,040$221,789
5Gautam DhingraAustralia$217,440$156,557
6Luke MarshUnited Kingdom$154,020$110,894
7Jack SalterUnited Kingdom$117,780$84,802

*denotes heads-up deal

Toby Lewis Wins A$50,000 Challenge (A$818,054*)

2019 A$50,000 Challenge Winner Toby Lewis
2019 A$50,000 Challenge Winner Toby Lewis

Toby Lewis ensured that his 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event win was no fluke, after taking down the A$50,000 Challenge after a heads-up deal with Manig Loeser, topping a record field of 62 players.

The victory was made all the sweeter for Lewis who, just a few days before this result, finished second in the A$25,000 Challenge to Rainer Kempe.

"I’m just very fortunate," Lewis told PokerNews after securing victory. "I didn’t even intend on playing it, I was so tired after the AU$25,000 Challenge.

"But it looked like such a good event, it got so much more players than last year so kinda felt the need to jump in and the guys were willing me in so I just went for it."

A$50,000 Challenge Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (AUD)Prize (USD)
1stToby LewisUnited Kingdom$818,054*$588,999*
2ndManig LoeserGermany$772,246*$556,017*
3rdThomas MuehloeckerAustria$412,300$296,856
4thDominik NitscheGermany$323,950$233,244
5thBjorn LiHong Kong$235,600$169,632
6thTobias ZieglerGermany$206,150$148,428
7thMichael ZhangUnited Kingdom$176,700$127,224

*denotes heads-up deal

Cary Katz Wins A$100,000 Challenge (A$1,481,760)

2019 A$100,000 Challenge Winner Cary Katz
2019 A$100,000 Challenge Winner Cary Katz

The A$100,000 Challenge was first held in 2006 and has a rich and storied history, with notable winners including John Juanda, Howard Lederer, Dan Shak, Sam Trickett and Andrew Robl over its 14-year history.

The largest buy-in event of the 2019 Aussie Millions attracted 42 players, the third-highest attendance in the event over its 14-year history, trailing only 2014 and 2015 with 76 and 70 entrants respectively.

In the end, it was Cary Katz who defeated Johannes Becker heads-up to scoop the A$1,481,760 first prize and ANTON Jewellery Championship ring.

Not only was this Katz's first victory on Australian shores, it was his first ever cash, and one that left him feeling "pretty amazing."

"I got remarkably lucky," Katz told PokerNews at the time "So I'm very grateful.

"I think the Aussie Millions is an amazing event and the turnout is going to be even better next year!"

A$100,000 Challenge Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (AUD)Prize (USD)
1stCary KatzUnited States$1,481,760$1,066,867
2ndJohannes BeckerGermany$946,680$681,610
3rdAbraham PassetGermany$617,400$444,528
4thRainer KempeGermany$452,760$325,987
5thJack SalterUnited Kingdom$329,280$237,082
6thKristen BicknellCanada$288,120$207,446

Tags: Andrew RoblAnton MorgensternAussie MillionsCary KatzDan ShakFarid JattinHoward LedererToby LewisSam TrickettRainer KempeManig LoeserJohn JuandaJohannes Becker