The Aussie Millions 2018 Main Event has successfully come to an end and British national Toby Lewis emerged victorious after a grueling eight-day, 32-level battle against hundreds of poker pros and amateur players at the Crown Casino Melbourne.
Toby Lewis won the biggest cash prize in Aussie Millions Main Event history and took home A$1,458,198. His victory at the Main Event is his biggest cashout yet, bringing his total live earnings to $4,379,236. The total amount of money Lewis took home came after he reconciled a three-way deal with second and third placers Stefan Huber and Espen Solaas.
Apart from winning this year’s Main Event, Lewis also tried his hand at the A$ 1,025 + 125 Hyper Turbo No Limit Holdem and the A$ 1,025 + 125 No Limit Hold’em but only finished in 20th and 152nd place respectively. His total live earnings from the Aussie Millions 2018 has effectively pushed Lewis to 11th place in England’s All Time Money List.
Chip Leader Lewis Pressurized His Competition
It was a tough match for everyone participating in the Aussie Millions 2018 Main Event since the event saw the most number of entrants in the festival recorded at 800 players. Lewis did not have a good run at the smaller events at the 2018 Aussie Millions but he saved his best play for last and entered the final day as the chip leader.
Lewis revealed that playing the final table at this year’s Main Event has been the least pressuring game he’s ever played. It seems like his secret lies in being confident in technique and also staying away from the pressure that comes via social media.
In a statement, Lewis said, “I’ve been working really hard on my game lately, more than ever. I just felt really comfortable. I had an understanding of the players I was playing against. I tried to stay off social media as much as possible and tried not to hype myself up too much.”
Players Who Cashed Out At The Final Table
Right behind Toby Lewis is Swish native Huber, who took home A$909,699 for his efforts. According to Huber, he will be donating a huge portion of his prize money to charities and his own charity ‘Raising for Effective Giving’ is sure to get a huge chunk of the money. In third place was Solaas from Norway who bagged A$1,177,103.
The final table saw poker players from all over the world compete. Only two Australians made it to the final table: Chul-Hyon Park who took 4th place received A$470,000 and Ben Richardson took 6th place to take home A$300,000.
Although Park finished in 4th place, he made quite an impression at the final table as he gained a seat at the MAIN Event after winning a local satellite. His run at the 2018 Aussie Millions surprised everyone including himself as he was the player with the least experience going into the final table.  While Lewis claimed it was the most relaxed he has ever been entering a final table, Park felt the final table was the most stressful thing he has done in his life—although he is looking forward to doing it again.
Aussies Perform Reasonably Well At 2018 Aussie Millions
Former Aussie Millions Main Event champions also tried to make it to the final table but they folded before the last levels. The 2014 champion Ami Barer was eliminated in 36th place while 2016 winner Ari Engel looked like he was going to make it to the final table but in the end was eliminated in 10th place.
Apart from the Main Event victory by Lewis, another high profile win at the Aussie Millions 2018 came for Australia’s Vincent Huang, who took home the Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions title for A$67,190. Huang was the only Australian who made it to the final table but he bested players from all over the world to bring home the prize for a second year in a row. Last year, George Kanan also brought home the Tournament of Champions title to Australia winning A$51,000.
The 2019 Aussie Millions dates have already been announced and will once again take place at the Crown Melbourne from January 15 to February 4, 2019. Aussie Millions 2019 is already expected to put together approximately A$24 million in prize pools with 26 ANTON Jewelry gold rings up for grabs.
 

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