Monday 30th January, 2017

Pub poker player wins Aussie Millions for $1.6m

By Mad Harper

Pub poker fan Shurane Vijayaram has taken down the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event for AUD$1.6 million after a stunning victory against some of the best players in the world. Vijayaram won his seat in a $130 satellite at Crown Casino just over a week ago after friends from the pub suggested he have a go.

Vijayaram, who was competing in his home city of Melbourne, beat British pro Ben Heath heads-up to win the event – and notch up his first recorded cash on the Hendon Mob. This is the first time he has reached the money in any major event he's played.

The 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event attracted 725 entries creating a AUD$7,370,000 prize pool. Germany’s Tobias Hausen was third, well-known Australian pro Jeff Rossiter finished fourth and WCOOP Main Event champion Fedor Holz, currently ranked #1 in Germany’s all time money list, was fifth.