Melbourne’s own Vincent Wan has taken out the 2020 Aussie Millions after topping the second largest main event field of all time.
Wan, whose love affair with the Crown Poker room continues – having previously won the Royal Flush Jackpot on two separate occasions – rode his luck on a final table that lasted well over 12 hours before finally pipping Vietnam’s Tai Hoang Ngoc to the title.
It was a result that has sparked plenty of controversy in social media land, however, with Wan having been filmed deriding Tai as “definitely the worst player here” during tense negotiations over a deal when play reached 3-handed.
Originally pushing to be given the lion’s share of the spoils at $1.4 million – with then chip-leader Tai to get $1.25 million and New Zealand’s Gareth Pepper $1 million – and then threatening not to deal at all if he wasn’t given more, Wan eventually ended up with $1.318 million, a bracelet and a trophy for his four days of work.
For the record, here is what Wan said to Tai: “You’re definitely the worst player here. We (Wan and Pepper) are both professionals. I’m not going to lie to you. You’ve had hardly any cashes.”
When Tai said that $1.4 million was too much, Wan replied, “I’m not doing deals then at all. We’re going to play for $1.8 million if we don’t do that. We just play.”
Tai again stated his belief that Wan pocketing $1.4 million was not fair, to which Wan replied, “It isfair because I’m definitely better than you. I’ve been a professional poker player for 20 years and [Pepper] for 10 years.”
Tai then interjected that he too played in big tournaments, to which Wan fired back, “I can see by the way you play that you don’t. I’m not trying to be rude, I’m just being honest.”
In the end, an interjection by Crown Poker Tournament Director Joel Williams ensured that any deal made included a provision that the title itself could not be part of any deal and when play finally resumed it was Wan who rode his luck to glory.
Whatever anyone’s personal thoughts on that discussion, Wan’s victory will certainly be a memorable one, with the 820 players who took part in the 2020 Aussie Millions main event falling just short of last year’s all-time record of 822. It also represented the third consecutive year that Australia’s most prestigious annual poker tournament cracked the 800-player mark.
2020 Aussie Millions main event final table placings:
|2nd||Tai Hoang Ngoc||$1,318,000*|