The much-awaited Aussie Millions $10,600 AUD No-limit Hold’em Main Event came to an end on Sunday, yet again setting another record with a total of 822 players gunning for the big prize. The massive turnout at the Melbourne’s Crown Casino amassed a prize pool of $8,220,000 AUD ($5,984,493 USD).
The felts were grueling and after five full days of action, it was American poker pro Bryn Kenney who emerged victorious with a payout of $1,272,598 AUD ($916,271 USD)! The win propels his live tournament earnings to a whopping $26.6 million, inching him higher on the all-time money list in the 9th place. He stands 6th in the Player of the
Year Leaderboard, with this win accounting for 2208 POY points.
Kenney didn’t have a great stack entering the final day. With just 20 big blinds and 7 players left, he needed a massive chip up. He did just that when he got his double-up through chip leader and World Poker Tour champion Mike Del Vecchio early on, and then managed to win a pre-flop all-in against Gyeong Byeong Lee.
Kenney now climbed to the middle of the pack with a comfortable stack size. Meanwhile, Australian Andrew Hinrichsen had scored the first two knockouts of the day, sending Hamish Crawshaw and Gyeong Byeong Lee to the rail.
Matthew Wakeman was the next player to go with $273,816 USD as the fifth-place finisher when Clinton’s Taylor’s pocket aces ousted his pocket Queens. Taylor, unable to capitalize on his double up was unfortunately the next to go earning $347,760 USD for his fourth place finish.
It was down to the final three and they decided to make a deal based on the ICM numbers. The ICM poker term stands for Independent Chip Model.
It allows you to convert tournament players’ stacks in chips into their money equity (as percentage of total or remaining prize pool).
Del Vecchio and Kenney were neck to neck at this point. Bringing in the years of experience, Kenny worked out a $916,271 USD payout and the title. Del Vecchio, improved his last year’s fifth place finish in the same event with a $915,957 payout in second and Hinrichsen pocketed $790,372 for his third place finish.