The Aussie Millions is one of the biggest poker tournaments that usually kick starts the New Year. The 2020 Aussie Millions is currently underway at Crown Melbourne in Southbank Australia. The annual poker festival will run for 21 days, ending on January 24, with massive guarantees on offer. The 2020 schedule includes 23 Championship events, alongside four high roller challenges, with some of the world’s best poker players expected to take part.
Unfortunately, given the huge buy-ins of these major events, some players and fans with a limited bankroll are unable to take part. However, they like to tune in to live updates in the comfort of their own homes. They will be able to do this and a lot more this year thanks to PokerShares, a poker website started by Mike “Timex” McDonald back in 2017.
PokerShares has found a way for fans to still get a taste of the action by allowing them to bet on their favorite players! McDonald said they had received a lot of bet requests for 2020 Aussie Millions even before it started, and now they’re answering that huge clamor. The team at PokerShares have published odds on players whom they think are likely to play and win the A$25,000 Challenge this year. ¬†According to McDonald, this will give fans the chance to be directly involved in the game.
More Details on Placing Bets on PokerShares
On its website, PokerShares maintains an updated list of different players with corresponding odds in the A$25,000 Challenge which is scheduled to take place on January 15.
Among the players currently on the list are four-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche and Australia’s Michael Addamo who are both priced at 1.80, 2019 GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen and Hungary’s Andras Nemeth at 1.78, as well as two-time 2019 WSOP champ Kahle Burns and current all-time money list leader Bryn Kenney at 1.68.
Fans can also bet on several other players including Chino Rheem, Julien Martini, Kenny Hallaert, Alex Lynskey, Kitty Kuo, Manig Loeser, Maria Ho, Rainer Kempe, Michael Zhang, Shane Warne, and Tsugunari Toma. Those interested may check out the PokerShares website for the complete details.
Fans will choose any player they like and place their bet accordingly. If you want 1% of Foxen’s winnings, you will need to pay 1.78% of the A$25,000 buy-in. The same method applies for all other players.
Setting the odds is no easy task for PokerShares as they needed to consider a range of criteria, both quantitative and qualitative, to arrive at the numbers. McDonald and his team also do not solely rely on their general hunch on who are likely to participate in the festival; they also look at social media posts and updates from the players. Certain pros have also personally requested for their names to be placed on the list, according to McDonald.
PokerShares will issue a refund for bets placed on players who do not actually enter the event.
The betting experience provided by PokerShares will add some extra thrill and excitement for fans who want to get in on the action away from the tables. The site is also offering odds on other upcoming major tournaments, including the PokerStars Winter Series, partypoker MILLIONS UK, and Galfond Challenge.
McDonald’s Love Affair With Aussie Millions
McDonald began to achieve huge poker success at a young age. At 18 years old, McDonald won the 2008 European Poker Tour German Open, making him the youngest player to win an EPT event. But Aussie Millions will always be his favorite poker tournament, and here’s why:
Prior to winning an EPT title in 2018, McDonald made his first ever final table and earned his first live tournament victory at the Aussie Millions in the same year after taking down a A$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event in which he won A$33,950.
He was able to achieve several other career milestones through Aussie Millions, one of which was breaking the longest cashless streak of his career after an impressive performance in the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event.
Five years after, the Canadian poker pro finished third in the A$100,000 and A$250,000 Challenge and followed it up with a runner-up finish in the A$250,000 Challenge the following year. During that time he was earning six to seven figure scores, describing it as one of the best stretches of his career.
McDonald’s total live earnings currently sit at $13,314,188. He is No. 6 on Canada’s All Time-Money List, according to his Hendon Mob record.

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