What a final hand to end a fantastic event, and with that Shurane Vijayaram has become the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event champion!
Vijayaram’s AU$1.6 million-victory came after a relatively short heads-up battle with an amazing river call to end the event. Unfortunately for Ben Heath, his all in jam on the river didn’t get past Vijayaram, who took his time evaluating the entire hand before making one of the best hero calls you will ever see!
For Vijayaram, the win marked one of the most amazing poker stories you will hear. Only a week ago Vijayaram entered a Sunday night $130-rebuy tournament here at Crown Casino and won himself a seat into the Main Event. One week later and that $130 has turned into a seven-figure score. And that is Vijayaram’s first ever recorded cash after never before making the money, in any event, he’s played.
At the start of Sunday’s final table, seven players remained from a starting field of 725 — the third-largest Aussie Millions Main Event in its 20-year history. First to go was Australia’s own Luke Roberts, and he was followed by the only American at the table, WSOP bracelet winner David Olson. Roberts took home AU$215,000, and Olson scored AU$270,000.
The next two places on the payout sheet were filled in by the two most experienced and decorated players at the final table. First, it was Germany’s Fedor Holz falling in fifth place for AU$335,000, and then Australia’s Jeff Rossiter took fourth for AU$445,000. For Holz, it marked an incredible couple of days after finishing 3rd in the ANTON Jewellery $100,000 Challenge just a night earlier for AU$352,800. Rossiter also made some history, making another deep run here in Melbourne, after finishing in 3rd place back in 2011 for AU$700,000.
Along with the aforementioned Holz, Tobias Hausen was the other German pro at the final table, and he advanced into the tournament’s last trio of players. While he held his own throughout the day and even made an additional pay jump courtesy of the Rossiter’s elimination, the big stacks of Vijayaram and Heath proved too much to overcome. In the end, he moved all in with ace-jack and was up against Vijayaram jack-ten. Hausen flopped ace to extend his lead but Vijayaram spiked a queen on the turn to make a straight and that left us with two.
Vijayaram entered the heads-up duel with the lead, a lead he held for the most part of the 120-hands leading up to this point, and an entertaining duel it was. Heath tried to pick away at Vijayaram for the entirety of their 29 heads-up hands but could never find that much needed double up to get him back in the game. Eventually, it all had to end and Vijayaram capped off a memorable day with a fantastic call to win it all.
For Heath, a cool seven-figure payday will definitely be something he can talk about for years to come, but the spotlight tonight is all about Vijayaram.