Jeff Rossiter bags second place at the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions.


Last week saw the conclusion of a very unique tournament in the heart of Macau at the PokerStars Live in the City of Dreams Hotel. The Asia millions attracted 71 players from all over the world to pay HKD$ 1,000,000 for the privilege of playing for slice of the record setting prize pool of HKD$ 119,375,000.


Poker Pro’s from all over the world converged on the bright lights of Macau to take part in an event which is unrivaled in the Asia and Pacific. The likes of Gus Hansen, Erik Seidel, Greg Merson, John Juanda, Jonathan Duhamel, Isaac Haxton, Celina Lin, Tony Gregg, Mike Watson, JC Alvarado and Australia’s own Aaron Lim and Jeff Rossiter. Australia’s two flag bearers stood a good chance at competing for one of the top prizes as both had proved their pedigree over the last 18 months to demonstrate that they could challenge the high rollers and win.


The eventual winner was the young German Niklas Heinecker taking home HKD$ 34,000,000 (USD$ 4,464,516) for his three day troubles while Jeff Rossiter will take back to Australia a bag stuffed with HKD$ 24,500,000 (USD$ 3,161,290) for finishing runner-up.


Below is a list of the final table pay-outs.


Niklas Heinecker – HKD$ 34,600,000 – USD$ 4,464,516

Jeff Rossiter –        HKD$ 24,500,000 – USD$ 3,161,290

Sorel Mizzi –          HKD$ 16,100,000 – USD$ 2,077,419

Zheng Tang –         HKD$ 12,100,000 – USD$ 1,616,129

Isaac Haxton –       HKD$ 10,200,000 – USD$ 1,316,129

Igor Kurganov –     HKD$ 8,300,000 – USD$ 1,070,967

Anson Tsang –       HKD$ 7,150,000 – USD$ 922,580

Pratyush Budigga – HKD$ 6,000,000 – USD$ 774,193


Australia’s other representative, Aaron Lim, did not make it past Day 2 where the competition was fiercely competitive with every player scrapping for chips and a sniff at the final table. Lim is a relative newbie on the tour but with already impressive performances in European, Asia and Australia the poker world will soon find out a lot more about this young poker pro.


Rossiter performed brilliantly throughout the tournament, playing to his strengths and keeping to a steady flowing game. He understood that the Asia Millions were going to be an event like nothing in which these players would have competed in. He let some of the ‘big fish’ knock-out the ‘little fish’ and he took his chances when they came. To finish second is an achievement which many, even Rossiter himself, wouldn’t have expected but it again reaffirms the talent, depth and skill of the poker players coming out of Australia.


For more information on the Asia Millions Visit ACR Poker.


Canberra Winter Poker Classic begins over the long holiday weekend.


The 2013 Canberra Winter Classic began on Saturday 8 June with the AU$ 2,200 Main Event attracting a healthy volume of players to the nations capital during the bank holiday, Queens birthday, weekend. The Winter Classic is running from Saturday 8 – Monday 10 June with a prize pool of just under AU$100,000.

Casino Canberra and the Winter Classic have carved out a very exclusive position for themselves as the event is staged not only during the World Series Of Poker, heightening the game for poker enthusiasts and fans, but also the bank holiday weekend, giving players from all over Australia no excuse to missing one of the few top drawer events currently being staged in Australia.

Last years event took in 98 players from all over Australia and the Pacific generating a prize pool of AU$98,000. The eventual winner, Daniel Charnock took home the AU$ 26,950 first place prize.


To keep up-to-date with the 2013 Winter Classic visit FTR for all your news and results.