Archive for January 2017

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Shurane VijaramGoing into the Final Table, Shurane “Shaz” Vijaram was the chip leader, with an impressive 7,470,000. Even so, he would have to beat Fedor Holz, along with five other experienced pros and most of us would not have bet on him. After all, Vijaram had never made any money in any event he played. Ever.

Ben HeathIn fact, Vijaram won his seat into the Main Event by entering a Sunday night re-buy at Crown Casino and it only cost him $130 for that coveted seat. Ultimately, once all but two of the final seven had been eliminated (Holz took fifth place for AUD $335,000 after coming in third the previous night, earning AUD$352,000 – not bad for two night’s work!) it was left to the UK’s Ben Heath and Vijaram to play heads-up poker for the final 29 hands.

And the winner, and 2017 Aussie Millions Champion, walking away with not only the coveted trophy but a very sweet payday of AUD$1.6 Million   was Shurane “Shaz” Vijaram. His reaction said it all. “Absolutely amazing; it’s like a dream.”

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For a quick catch up on some of the results from 2017 Aussie Millions:

Nick PetrangeloThe 2017 Aussie Millions ANTON Jewelry $100,000 Challenge attracted a field of 18 entries, with the final day starting with just seven hopefuls. After a short five hours of play just three places would get paid. Nick Petrangelo came out on top, beating Mike Watson heads up, with Fedor Holz also cashing in third place.

George Kanan won the 2017 Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions for AUD$51,000. The Tournament of Champions was another tournament with a twist. It was open to everyone, but former Aussie Millions Main Event champions could play rake free. The final table was an international gathering of players from Canada, Finland, the United States and New Zealand.

George KananIn the end, the Tournament of Champions came down to a heads-up battle between two Aussies. George Kanan from Sydney facing David Loonstra from Melbourne for the first-place prize of AUD$51,000. Kanan would end up supreme, beating Loonstra in second who had to settle for AUD$33,300.

After six days of exciting action in the Crown Poker Room, the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event Final Table is set. Seven of the 725-strong field remain to do battle for the AUD$1.6 million (~$1.2 million USD) first prize and coveted AUD$30,000 9ct gold, diamond-studded ANTON Jewelry Main Event Champion bracelet.

By far the biggest name player is Fedor Holz, who will be starting with the smallest stack. There are three Australians remaining, including Jeff Rossiter, with more than $6.3 million in lifetime winnings; Luke Roberts and current chip leader, Shurane Vijayaram (7,470,000).

Rounding out the Final Table is German Tobias Hausen (2,955,000), American David Olson (2,350,000) and the UK’s Ben Heath (3,270,000).

The Main Event Final Table will be streamed live by Jason Somerville’s poker channel on Twitch on Sunday.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris48th Annual WSOP 2017

The WSOP has announced that their Flagship Weekend Events have been solidified for the 48th World Series of Poker 2017 and the full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released sometime in February.

There will be six straight weeks of Huge Events, starting with the $565 Colossus III– June 2-3-4; the $1500 Millionaire Maker –  June 10, 11,: the $1,000 Seniors & Super Seniors – June 16,18; the 1,500 Monster Stack – June 24,25; the $888 Crazy Eights – July 2, & the $10,000 Main Event- July 8,9,10.

The 48th World Series of Poker will officially open its doors at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 30th.

If you have good credit, you will be able to use your credit card as a payment option. The WSOP this year has been granted regulatory approval for credit card transactions up to $10,000, meaning players may now buy into the Main Event and most other WSOP events with an approved credit card.

Although it’s very early to be talking about this, we thought that by letting you know now rather than later, it will give you plenty of time to get your game ready. You have enough time to get a poker table and accessories from the Texas Poker Store and practice to perfect your game plan.

Did you know that the WSOP has awarded more than $2.4 billion in prize money since 1970. The more you know!

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Aussie Millions Crown Championship

Here we go again, the biggest poker tournament in Australia is back. The 2017 “Aussie Millions Poker Championship” starts on January the 11th and ends January 30th. Will you be there?  The opening event with a buy-in of $1,150 will get everything started.

Continuing through January 30 starting around noon with a No Limit Holdem “Deep Freeze,” followed by a single day Pot Limit  Omaha event, then another single day event, the Hyper Turbo No Limit Holdem. And still on that final day the two day event – $250,000 Challenge Main Event will continue at around 2:30 pm.

Ari Engle 2016 Aussie Millions ChampionThe final first price amount that will be paid out is not yet known, but you can easily bet that it will be more than the 1.6 million and the diamond-encrusted rose gold bracelet, valued at AUD$40,000 that Ari Engle took back home to Canada in 2016.

So the question remains, will you be going down under to participate in the 2017  “Aussie Millions Poker Championship”?

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