Record Field in Aussie Millions AU$25,000 Challenge; AU$960,360 Awaits the Winner
29 January 2019
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The 2019 Aussie Millions AU$25,000 Challenge is a record-breaking one. Attracting a total of 151 entries, it beat the mark of 133 set in 2017 to become the largest AU$25,000 Challenge in history.

Plenty of big names jumped into the field, including former Main Event winners Ami Barer and Toby Lewis, along with 2019 Aussie Millions ring-winners Bart Lybaert, Muhammad Asad and Michael Gathy.

Just 30 players remain and are in with a shot of following in the footsteps of the following players, and taking down one of the most prestigious events at the Aussie Millions:

Year Winner Field Payout (AUD)
2018 Ben Lamb 114 $738,720
2017 James Chen 133 $861,840
2016 Chance Kornuth 122 $790,560
2015 Alexander Trevallion 104 $645,150
2014 Max Altergott 65 $241,785
2013 Igor Kurganov 30 $275,000
2012 Dominykas Karmazinas 20 $200,000

Former international cricket Shane Warne had satellited into this event but didn’t last long as he was one of the early eliminations along with Jonathan Karamalikis, Michael Addamo and Jake Schwartz.

Other eliminations included Sam Higgs, 2018 $100,000 Challenge winner Michael Lim, 2018 Main Event runner-up Stefan Huber, Maria Ho, Bryn Kenney, Mustapha Kanit, Dominik Nitsche, Kenny Hallaert and Sorel Mizzi.

Toby Lewis moved into the chip lead midway through the day after doubling up with aces, but a late double for Jiachen Gong through the 2018 Main Event winner hampered his chances of finishing as the overall chip leader.

That honor went to Kazuhiko Yotsushika. The Japanese player cashed in the same event last year, finishing 12th for AU$68,400. Yotsushika managed to hold off all others and bag 538,500, just ahead of Toby Lewis (487,500).

Other players to bag up over 400,000 were Martijn Gerrits (447,000), Jack Sinclair (432,500) and Adam Lee (414,500).

Another player who cashed in this event last year was Kitty Kuo, who final tabled and finished fourth for AU$242,240.

“Today feels super good compared to last year. The field is good,” said Kuo. “A lot of big names, but my table draw has been pretty good. I’ve had four Asians on my table all the time which is really good.

“I was surprised at a lot of Japanese and Chinese players. All the regulars I know that they’re going to play, but there are a lot of Asian players in this field.

“I will always try to make A$25,000 final table because I want to prove I’m not a Main Event girl, I can win a High Roller as well. So I will always try!”

A record field comes with it a record first prize, with the winner of the 2019 Aussie Millions A$25,000 Challenge set to walk away with almost a million dollars in prize money, with A$960,360 and the ANTON Championship Ring awaiting the winner.

Place Payout (AUD)
1st $960,360
2nd $652,320
3rd $416,760
4th $308,040
5th $217,440
6th $154,020
7-8th $117,780
9-10th $99,660
11-12th $81,540
13-17th $63,420