It took six days to create a champion from the 1,665 players Opening Event field, but Jo Snell took the Aussie Millions Championship ring and a massive A$ 341,325 after a heads-up victory against Samuel Jefferies.
With the Crown Casino and poker players in the walls doing their best to raise money to help Australia fight the devastating bushfires that in the great country have killed an estimated half a billion animals, the action at the tables was just as generous as the charitable donations.
The last day ended with only 14 players taking their seats and it wasn’t Snell who had the edge, but players like Jonathan Karamalikis hanging around the lead for the early portion of the game. Snell survived to the final table, but many other highly decorated players did not, with WSOP champion Joe Hachem’s son Daniel Hachem coming in 32nd for $5,975), former WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson busting in 21st place for $9,555 and overnight chip leader David Tang delivered a $11,095 five-figure score from proceedings in 18th place.
Karamalikis was still very much in contention as the final table arrived, aiming to win his second Aussie Millions Championship ring in the process. Andrew Shanahan and Bo Jin respectively bowed out in 10th and 9th place, before one of the day’s most important hands went down. Snell and Sohrab Rezvanpour had their money in the middle with both players holding luxury paws, but Snell’s pocket kings stood ahead of Rezvanpour’s pocket queens and stayed that way through the game to remove a dangerous player and effectively rocket Snell up the leaderboard in the process.
By the time Karamalikis went out in third place, falling short of his goal, Snell had the chips and used his advantage in his heads-up duel with Sam Jefferies to make good impact. Jeffries was unable to recover and the job was done by the less-experienced man. In doing so, Snell won an AUS$341,325 career-high score and brought his career earnings to over half a million Australian dollars, as well as winning him the prize that can not be bought–the ring of the ANTON Jewellery Aussie Millions Championship.
Aussie Millions Opening Event final table results:
Place Player Payout ($AUS)
1st Jo Snell $341,325
2nd Samuel Jeffries $210,775
3rd Jonathan Karamalikis $125,445
4th Michael Egan $90,625
5th Jungwoon An $61,450
6th Ryan Henry $44,375
7th Egor Bulychev $37,550
8th Sohrab Rezvanpour $32,425
9th Bo Jin $27,315
10th Andrew Shanahan $20,825