Vincent Wan wins Australia’s 2020 Aussie Millions tournament
The Australian Poker Championship, more commonly known as Aussie Millions, is an annual Australian poker championship that is held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1998 and since then, has held a tournament every year. It’s one of the largest poker tournaments in the world, with prize pools as high as 7 million Australian Dollars.
The tournament itself is very highly respected in the poker community, and is regarded as the local equivalent of the World Series of Poker. The tournament first gained major fame back in 2005 when Joe Hachem became the first Australian player in history to win the main event of the World Series of Poker.
This year’s tournament was very highly-anticipated and lots of viewers joined in. The tournament was very interesting and full of ups-and-downs. This year’s winner was Vincent Wan, known by other players as “Wonky”. He’s a familiar figure at the tournament and the Crown Casino, with winnings like two Royal Flush Jackpots, but this one was bigger than any of his other wins in the past.
The tournament itself was long and hard-fought. It lasted 15 hours, with the total number of hands at 414. It started off with 6 players on the table, as Vietnamese Ngoc Tai Hoang, one of the eventual runner-uppers, came 15 minutes late. Upon his arrival, Wan was already in the lead after his winning pot against Nino Ullmann.
Wan’s chip-lead wasn’t to last for long, as Ullmann slowly climbed up higher. The two were going against each other with both holding Ace + King, when Hoang, an eventual runner-up showed his flush.
The game, after numerous back-and-forths, eventually was left with three players – Wan, Hoang and Gareth Pepper. The three agreed on a deal where Hoang and Wan would be earning a guaranteed A$1,318,000, with them having 10.5 and 9.8 million chips respectively. Pepper, with his 4.2 million chips, was guaranteed an A$1 million win.
With the deal being done between the three, Pepper was eventually eliminated, leaving the two to play a 4-and-a-half hour-long heads-up game where Wan won with the final hand of 10-9 against Hoang’s A-3.
“It’s destiny boys! Destiny!” – this is were the first words that Wan said after his win, with a big and happy smile on his face.
It’s needless to say that Wan was absolutely delighted with his win. He was at a loss for words, and couldn’t contain his excitement: “I’m just tripping out at the moment. I was just wanting to min-cash at one point so I’m struggling. I’m just delirious at the moment. I can’t believe my luck. Thank you to all the other players. Basically it’s ten years of my life just grinding and working and trying to get here. I can’t believe I did it.I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this place, but everyone during the tournament was amazing. It was stressful, but I’ve had a great time.”