Tracking the Biggest Winners in Aussie Millions History

Erik Seidel is second all-time in Aussie Millions earnings, and he's off to a good start in the 2014 Main Event.

Erik Seidel is second all-time in Aussie Millions earnings, and he’s off to a good start in the 2014 Main Event.

Since the inclusion of a $100,000 High Roller in 2006, the Aussie Millions has been the scene of the career highlights of some of the best poker players in the world.

While Australia is home to some talented poker players of their own, foreign-born pros have stolen many of the highlights during the Main Event and various High Rollers offered during the series. The top five players in lifetime Aussie Millions earnings, in fact, are each from locales far from the Southern Hemisphere – three from the United States, and two from England.

For those five players, along with an intriguing collection of Main Event winners and other top players that round out the top 10, the Aussie Millions have been a source of riveting play and dynamic stories over the last few years. Each player’s results tell a different tale, from the up-and-coming pro getting their breakout score to the ‘old-timer’ showing he can still play with the kids.

These 10 players run the gauntlet, but each of these 10 men has at least 1 cash of over $1 million – one has three, and another has two. A lot of money will change hands over the next week at the 2014 Aussie Millions, so this list could change again in short order.

1. Sam Trickett
Aussie Millions Earnings: $5,018,736
Lifetime Earnings: $19,241,651
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 3

Before Trickett battled Antonio Esheads-up for the biggest prize in poker history, he ‘cut his teeth’ in the High Rollers at the Aussie Millions. Trickett put together an all-time performance in 2011 by winning the $100,000 Challenge and finishing second a few days later in the $250,000 Challenge. He’d then rectify that shortfall by returning in 2013 and winning another $2 million in the $250,000 Challenge, making him the biggest winner in Aussie Millions history.

2. Erik Seidel
Aussie Millions Earnings: $4,901,832
Lifetime Earnings: $18,127,584
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 6

Erik Seidel had a Hall of Fame career locked up a long time ago, but the last seven years have brought the poker legend to an entirely different level. It started in 2007, when Seidel finished second in the $100,000 High Roller, and continued the following year when he finished second to Alex Kostritsyn in the Main Event to the tune of $1 million. After winning a $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event in 2010, Seidel had his biggest year at the 2011 Aussie Millions. Seidel finished third to eventual champion Sam Trickett in the $100,000 Challenge, then beat him heads-up for the $250,000 Challenge title.

3. Phil Ivey
Aussie Millions Earnings: $2,736,400
Lifetime Earnings: $15,917,048
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 4

After a few quiet years, things started to turn around for Phil Ivey at the Aussie Millions in 2010, when a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Challenge netted him $600,000. Ivey’s big year would come in 2012, as he followed a 12th place finish in the Main Event with a $2 million win, the biggest of his career, in the $250,000 Challenge. Another deep run in the Main Event would follow in 2013, but that would end in a disappointing 30th.

4. Dan Shak
Aussie Millions Earnings: $2,234,546
Lifetime Earnings: $7,067,341
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 7

Dan Shak’s results at the Aussie Millions date back to 2009, and while they start with an inauspicious $2,100 cash in a Limit Hold’em Event, it gets far better from there. Shak earned the best result of his career to that point with a fourth place finish in the 2009 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, and then won that same tournament in 2010. That victory earned Shak his only cash of over $1 million to date, and he made a deep run a few days later in the Aussie Millions Main Event, finishing 11th. 2013 brought two fourth place finishes – in the Main Event and in the $100,000 Challenge – that earned Shak over $600,000.

5. Tony Bloom
Aussie Millions Earnings: $2,172,606
Lifetime Earnings: $2,650,207
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 8

For someone who isn’t an Australian, Tony Bloom has certainly earned a large percentage of his career tournament earnings at the Aussie Millions. Bloom’s the highest Main Event champion on this list, having taken down the big one all the way back in 2004. He earned small cashes in Omaha Hi-Lo and Heads-Up side events at the 2005 Aussie Millions and cashed in the 2006 Main Event, but it would take three more years until Bloom turned it up a notch. Bloom finished second in the $100,000 Challenge for $600,000 in 2009, fourth in the $100,000 Challenge in 2010 for $200,000, and second again in 2011 for $975,000.

6. David Gorr
Aussie Millions Earnings: $2,052,743
Lifetime Earnings: $2,147,455
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 7

David Gorr has Aussie Millions cashes dating all the way back to 2005, but only one of them, a second place finish in a $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event in 2008, earned him over $10,000. Gorr, the highest ranking Australian on this list, earned that position by winning the 2011 Main Event for $1,992,532, one of the biggest prizes ever awarded in that event.

7. Stewart Scott
Aussie Millions Earnings: $2,048,344
Lifetime Earnings: $2,184,394
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 3

After Gus Hansen won the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event and Alex Kostritsyn won the 2008 Main Event, Stewart Scott was the first of four consecutive Australians to take down the biggest event on the continent in 2009. Scott got $2 million for that victory, and he’s had two small cashes since that win.

8. Patrik Antonius
Aussie Millions Earnings: $2,043,981
Lifetime Earnings: $5,067,148
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 5

Patrik Antonius has had a remarkable record in the Aussie Millions Main Event, cashing four times in seven years. Antonius’ first deep run came in 2007, when he finished 13th in the Main Event, and after finishing 41st in 2009 he made the final for the first time in 2011, going out in eighth. The biggest cash of Antonius’ career came in the 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge, earning him $1.2 million, and he followed that with his best finish yet in the Main Event, falling just short in the 2013 Main Event when he finished third for over $600,000.

9. Gus Hansen
Aussie Millions Earnings: $2,021,849
Lifetime Earnings: $7,080,315
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 3

Until 2007, only Aussies and Brits had been fortunate enough to win the Aussie Millions Main Event, but that changed as Gus Hansen earned a then-record $1.5 million. After defeating Jimmy Fricke, who was the fourth of five consecutive Americans to finish runner-up in the Main Event (there still hasn’t been an American champion), Hansen didn’t cash again at the Aussie Millions until the 2010, when he finished 23rd. Hansen would go on to finish third in the 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge, earning $800,000.

10. Tyron Krost
Aussie Millions Earnings: $1,868,265
Lifetime Earnings: $1,995,341
Total Aussie Millions Cashes: 6

Tyron Krost was the 2010 Aussie Millions champion, earning the largest cash of his career by over 40 times in the process. Krost’s most significant Aussie Millons result since that win came in a No Limit Hold’em rebuy event in 2012, where he finished fourth.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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