It was a local who ended the long-running 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event and no, you’ve never heard of him. Shurane Vijayaram, a Melbourne native, paid just $130 to win his way into the championship and became a millionaire overnight (well, in eight days.) After a short heads-up battle ended the war between 725 entrants, the Aussie had his first championship and massive score.
Vijayaram hadn’t ever made it into the money in an event – making this is first cash for $1,600,000 AUD, roughly $1,200,000 USD.
”I’ve always just tried to play cards and relax, it’s only a game,” he told TheAge.com.
The final day began with just seven player left, including poker legend Fedor Holz. It was a local who hit the rail first – Luke Roberts took home $210,000 AUD in a seventh place finish. The only American at the table wasn’t long for the day either, as David Olson, a WSOP bracelet winner, went home next.
Despite his extensive experience, it wasn’t enough to save German star Fedor Holz. The young wizard went home in fifth place with $335,000 AUD. Holz was followed by Aussie Jeff Rossiter, who finished fourth. Rossiter placed third in the main event back in 2011.
It just wasn’t in the cards for Germany, as the country’s other player, Tobias Hausen, went home next. He was in the short stack against Vijayaram and England’s Ben Heath, and decided to move all in with an A,J. Despite flopping an ace, it wasn’t enough for Hausen when Vijayaram scored a straight on the turn. He earned $620,000 AUD.
Hausen’s elimination put Vijayaram in the lead going into the final two, and he maintained it for all of heads-up play. The matchup only lasted 29 hands, and Heath wasn’t ever able to turn his small victories into a major upset.
“It was tough,” Vijayaram told PokerNews. “Ben has probably played a lot more heads up than I have. I’ve played heads up but I’m not a heads-up specialist by any means. He made it really tough for me.”
Vijayaram hinted that this won’t be the last time we see him on the professional circuit.
“I’ve played poker for a long time but I’m more a cash game player than a tournament player. I’m just getting back into tournaments now,” he said.
Final table results:
Shurane Vijayaram, Australia – $1,600,000 AUD
Ben Heath, England – $1,000,000 AUD
Tobias Hausen, Germany – $620,000 AUD
Jeff Rossiter, Australia – $440,000 AUD
Fedor Holz, Germany – $335,000 AUD
David Olson, United States – $270,000 AUD
Luke Roberts, Australia – $210,000 AUD
Featured photo credit: Aussie Millions.
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