After a marathon of 15 hours with 414 hands played on the final table, Australian poker player Vincent Wan has won the 2020 Aussie Millions $10,600 AUD no-limit hold’em main event.
Wan, mostly known as Wonky among the locals, defeated a field of 820 total players to win the title and earned his career best cash of A$1,318,000 for the win. He is already a prominent face in Crown Casino, Melbourne for his two six-figure Royal Flush Jackpots.
And the very first major poker event of 2020 adds a seven-figure payday in his career. In an interview by Aussie Millions Tournament Director Joel Williams, Wan said- "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."
This year, Australia has been invaded by a devastating natural disaster that has burned an estimated 25 million acres of wilderness.
But, the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event attracted a record number of entries which generated A$8.2 million guaranteed prize pool. Out of total 820 entries with A$10,600 buy-in ticket, 88 players were paid out.
Seven players played it out at the final table of this event and Wan came into the table in third chip position. Other six entries are - Ngoc Tai Hoang, Gareth Pepper, Nino Ullmann, Erik Seidel, Oliver Weis, and Nicolas Malo.
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Canadian player Nicolas Malo was the first one to depart the final battle. He got his last chips in holding on a flop. He ran into the of Nino Ullmann, whose flopped straight held from there to send Malo back to the pavilion with A$240,080.
Oliver Weis was the next player to hit the rail. He got all-in with , only to receive a call from Gareth Pepper’s and became unable to come from behind. Weis took home A$307,820 as the sixth-place finisher.
Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel three-bet shoved with , but ran into Wan’s , ending his run in fifth place for A$378,660. Wan made the call to put Seidel at risk and both of them flopped their kickers. But, Wan’s jacks held from there to settle the 5th place for Seidel.
German poker pro Nino Ullmann leave the table in fourth place. He was in a good position, having flopped two pair with on a board to take the lead against the pocket queens of Ngoc Tai Hoang.
They got all the chips in after the hit the turn, and Ullmann was in good shape to double up. But, the on the river counterfeited Ullmann’s two pairs which sent him home with A$480,160.
The remaining three players struck a deal that saw Wan and Hoang lock up A$1,318,000 each, and Gareth Pepper received A$1,000,000 as the shorter stack. All of them agreed to play out the event to determine who would win the Aussie Millions Main Event title and the championship bracelet.
Gareth Pepper was ultimately eliminated when his blind shove from the small blind with was called by Wan, who held superior cards. Wan made a pair of aces to send the New Zealand poker star to the rail in third place.
Wan was in the leading position when he entered heads-up play against Hoang. They played it out for nearly four hours which extended the length of the exciting final table to roughly 15 hours.
Finally, Wan’s victory became official on the 414th hand. In the final hand, Hoang got the last of his chips in with and was called by Wan, who had in his hand. Then came down on the board and Wan made the winning two pair to secure the pot and the first prestigious title of 2020.
Hoang depart the table with A$1,318,000 and Wan joins Bryn Kenney, Toby Lewis, Ari Engle, Gus Hansen, Lee Nelson and others in the Aussie Millions Main Event champions list, with $1,164,359 in total live earnings.
|Place||Name||Country||Prize (AUD)||Prize (USD)|
|2||Ngoc Tai Hoang||Vietnam||A$1,318,000*||$907,196*|
|3||Gareth Pepper||New Zealand||A$1,000,000*||$688,312*|
|5||Erik Seidel||United States||A$378,660||$260,637|
After securing the pot and the title, Wan expressed his reaction saying-
"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."