2017 Aussie Millions Cancels $250k High Roller – See Why Here

January 30th, 2017 Poker Articles

While the 2017 Aussie Millions as a whole is drawing many players, the two high-roller events have fared poorly in terms of attendance.

The A$100,000 Challenge only drew 18 entrants, prompting organizers to fear that the A$250,000 Challenge would fare even worse.

That said, event organizers canceled the $250k Challenge, citing a lack of recreational high rollers.

Aside from the fact that it no longer looks like the Aussie Millions appeals to multi-millionaire/billionaire poker amateurs, notable pros like Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Patrik Antonius, and Phil Ivey stayed away from the Aussie Millions altogether. Ivey’s absence is especially noted because he’s won the $250k Challenge three times in his poker career.

While it’s hard to replace a tournament of such magnitude, the Crown Casino tried with a A$50,000 NL Hold’em Shot Clock 6-Max event. However, organizers might rethink this one too because the tourney only drew six players, including the winner, Belarus’ Mikita Badziakouski ($176,400).

Again, the 2017 Aussie Millions is doing well among low and mid-stakes amateurs. Even the A$25,000 High Roller did well when compared to past years. But tourneys with over A$50k buy-ins no longer draw the type of players they once did.

Of course, it should be noted that the $250k Challenge never attracted massive fields, with the highest being 30 players in 2014. But considering that the $100k Challenge only drew around the same amount as previous $250k events, it’s clear that canceling the tourney was the smart decision.

Here’s a look back at previous $250k winners and field sizes:

2011: Winner Erik Seidel (A$2.5 million); 20 entrants
2012: Winner Phil Ivey (A$2million); 16 players
2013: Winner Sam Trickett (A$2 million); 18 players
2014: Winner Phil Ivey (A$4 million); 30 entrants (16 Rebuys)
2015: Winner Phil Ivey (A$2.2 million); 25 entrants
2016: Winner Steve O’Dwyer (A$951,960); 16 entrants (1 Rebuy)