Toby Lewis has claimed the largest ever Aussie Millions Main Event in history! The Englishman won the title along with A$1,458,198 in prize money, and the custom made diamond-encrusted gold bracelet by ANTON Jewellery.
Lewis is a well-known face on the European poker circuit but this win marks the biggest of his career to date.
“The last time I won a big tournament was seven and a half years ago,” said Lewis after his win. “I’ve played a lot of poker in that time, with lots of fourth and fifth places over the years. So once I got a big stack in this one, it seemed like a great spot to go on and win!
“Over the last few months I’ve been working on my game a lot harder than I ever have. Today I made sure my concentration was 100% no matter how tired I was, and it worked out.
“Melbourne is my favourite city in the world, and I haven’t been in five years because of other commitments. I definitely should have come back sooner because this is my favourite tournament in the world!”
With the chip lead, Lewis cut a deal three-handed with eventual runner-up Stefan Huber and third-place finisher Espen Solaas. That meant the Englishman walked away with A$1,383,198, whist Huber and Solaas claimed A$909,699 and A$1,177,103 respectively.
After the deal the final three continued playing, with the title, ANTON Jewellery bracelet and A$75,000 in prize money up for grabs. It didn’t take long for Lewis to emerge triumphant, adding his name to the likes of Gus Hansen, Ami Barer, David Gorr and Ari Engel on the long and illustrious list of Aussie Millions Champions.
This year’s Aussie Millions $10,600 Main Event attracted a record field of 800 players, smashing the previous record of 781 set back in 2008, and in the process created a huge prize pool of A$8,000,000.
Lewis now soars up his country’s all-time money rankings with this win, with over US$4,000,000 in lifetime earnings. A regular on the poker scene, his previous biggest win came back in 2010 when he triumphed at the EPT Vilamoura. Since then, he has posted final table finishes at several EPT and WPT events, most recently placing fourth at PCA in 2016 for US$267,340.
The final table results:
1 Toby Lewis (UK) A$1,458,198*
2 Stefan Huber (SWI) A$909,699*
3 Espen Solaas (NOR) A$1,177,103*
4 Chul-Hyon Park (AUS) A$470,000
5 Mike Del Vecchio (USA) A$370,000
6 Ben Richardson (AUS) A$300,000
7 Johan Schumacher (BEL) A$235,000