Only poker’s wealthiest were able to enter the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller event this week at the Aussie Millions. Despite the massive buy-in, a fairly sizable field of 20 players came together to battle for a first-place prize of $2.5 million. The participants list was a Who’s Who of poker’s most well-known and successful players with a couple of rich whales mixed in.
In the end, eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel was too much for Brit Sam Trickett to overcome. Seidel’s win moved him to third on poker’s all-time winnings list behind Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. Trickett, who won the $100,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions just days ago, earned $1.5 million for his runner-up effort. One is hard pressed to think of the last time a player won two seven-figure tournament payouts within a single week!
The only other player to finish in the money was David Benyamine who nabbed a cool $1 million for third place.
Among the notables who donated a quarter of a million to the pockets of Seidel, Trickett, and Benyamine included: Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, and Tom Dwan.
At the time this article was written, just 18 players remain from an original field of 721 in the Aussie Millions Main Event. Chris Moorman leads the way but Patrik Antonius, Sorel Mizzi, and Mark Vos are just a few of the players on his heels.