Aussie Millions

In January 2005, the Aussie Millions really took off with a record 263 participants paying $10,000 each to enter the No Limit Holdem Main Event, generating the biggest prize pool ever in the Southern Hemisphere of $2,630,000.

In 2006 the Aussie Millions proved itself as one of the world’s top multi-million dollar Poker events when 418 players competed including some of the biggest names in the Poker world such as WSOP Champion Joe Hachem, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Kathy Leibert, Scott Fischman, Chip Jett, David Williams, Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Sexton, Tony G, Jesse Jones, Clonnie Gowan plus many more.

The 2007 Aussie Millions again exceeded all expectations with main event player numbers increasing by over 70% year on year, attracting 747 entrants. The event was filmed by Fox Sports Net for the second consecutive year. Hansen and Fricke were the last two at the final table. Fricke at this time had over 3 times as many chips as Hansen, but Hansen’s live tournament experience soon lead to him doubling up twice. The final hand saw Fricke holding a 9-7 with a flop Q86, Hansen made a raise and Fricke went all in over the top only to find that Hansen was holding AA and no outs came for Fricke leaving Hansen collecting the $1.5 million first prize (about $1.2 million USD).

Once again filmed by Fox Sports Net, The Aussie Millions crowned a new King of Poker in January 2008. Alexander “The Great” Kostritsyn, the 21-year-old Russian star produced a sensational performance in Melbourne’s Crown Casino to win the No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event. He beat some of the best No Limit players in the world including Erik Seidel, who came second. Kostritsyn took home AUD$1.65 Million, the largest prize ever awarded in a live poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. He was also the youngest and the only European player at the Final Table. Altogether the tournament’s events amounted to a prize pool of more than AUD $10 Million.