The 2017 Aussie Millions poker event added another reason for Canadians to celebrate their poker pride as one of their own outclassed a table made up of local Australians to take the first prize. Canada’s Mark Radoja took a clean sweep of the final table to win his first ever championship ring and a cash of AUD$58,315-about $44,000.
Radoja had entered Event #15; an AUD$1,150 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em/PLO which had attracted a total of 133 players. Even though the event was taking place thousands of miles from home, the two-time WSOP bracelet winner leveled the Australians and proved his mettle even though he was the only non-local player in the final round.
This year’s Aussie Million Event #15 has attracted almost the same number of punters 133; compared to last year’s 135, and it was the only event that blended different poker variants on the schedule. This event comprised of no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha variants.
Reportedly, this is Radoja’s first feat-cash wise in an Aussie millions tournament. The Canadian punter has been rising in his poker career which has seen him ash up to $2.5 million in live poker events. Of these, two are World Series of Poker crowns which he claimed in 2011 and 2013 respectively. His win outclassed that of Australia’s player, Mohammed Afiouni who claimed top position in 2016 and took home a cash prize of AUD$35,985.
Of the initial 133, fifteen players went on to cash from the even with Australian James Obst exiting on the bubble with a paltry AUD$3,405 for 15th spot. Poland’s Daniel Demicki who clinched the 2016 Aussie Millions AUD$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event went out in the 10th place. When the table hit nine players, there was only one Canadian and the odds seemed stacked highly against him in favor of the menacing local players.
After Jason Vipulananthan made the first exit, the Australians trickled off the table one after the other. Tolly Sakellariou, Omer Silajdzija and Michael Tran left the table in 8th, 7th and 6th place respectively. Others who fell off included Joseph Alvaro who dropped out fifth with a prize of AUD$9,545, followed by Guiseppe Patamia; AUD$12,270 and Peter Kotsiris who got a consolation of AUD$15,675 in the third position.
The Canadian poker wit in Radoja paid off when he chopped off Bjorn Ostby; who improved his record of the best finish position a live poker event. Ostby had managed a third spot finish in the in 2016 Western Poker Classics Championships. When the last cards were dealt, Radoja scooped top spot and prize leaving the Australian with the runner-up cash prize of AUD$23,875.
After flooring the Australian locals, Radoja bought in to the $2,500 Aussie Million’s short-handed event that had pooled a total prize of AUD$573,750. In this event, winner was guaranteed first-place prize of almost AUD$150,000 but Radoja’s luck ran out and he didn’t make it to the final table. The event however was won by Belgium’s Terry Schumacher who walked away with AUD$146,305.