2017 Aussie Millions is the Most Successful Ever

February 2, 2017

Shurane-Vijayaram-Aussie-MillionsThe 2017 Aussie Millions is officially in the books, and it turned out to be the most-successful year in the event’s history.

Lasting from January 11th to 30th at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, the 26-tournament schedule drew 7,049 total players – the most in Aussie Millions’ history. This was 11% higher than the 6,370 players who turned out in 2016, and 28% more than 2015’s attendance.

Even the A$10,000 Main Event fared well, despite having no online qualifiers after breaking ties with PokerStars. The 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event drew 725 players, down just a bit from the 732 who played last year.

There was every reason to believe that the 2017 Aussie Millions wouldn’t be as successful as years past. Not only did the Aussie Millions get removed from PokerStars’ Asia Pacific Poker Tour, but Crown also had to cancel the A$250,000 Challenge due to low participation from recreational players.

Nevertheless, the Crown Melbourne counteracted the negative impact by hosting live qualifiers.

“So we added in two highly successful warm-up weeks as early as June last year,” said Crown Melbourne Tournament Director Joel Williams, “and this ensured that the awareness and excitement of the 2017 Aussie Millions was building within the poker community both locally and internationally, and gave everyone as much opportunity as possible to be part of this great event.”

One highlight from this year’s event included Taiwan’s James Chen winning the Event #2: $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. (A$39,700) and Event #9: $25k NLHE Challenge (A$861,840).

An even bigger highlight was amateur poker player and Australia’s own Shurane Vijayaram winning the Main Event for A$1.6 million. What makes this amazing is that Vijayaram qualified through a $130 live satellite and worked his way up to a massive fortune.

Given the success of the 2017 Aussie Millions, the event looks poised for a bright future, even without a lucrative online poker sponsorship.