Mervin Chan overcame 629 other players and a star-studded final table to win the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event yesterday.
The twenty-nine year-old took home the first place prizemoney of $1.6 million as well as the diamond-encrusted Aussie Millions bracelet, a glass trophy and a new Chrysler 300C valued at over AUD$50,000.
Chan was clearly overwhelmed to have scored the biggest victory of his poker career.
“I am speechless but I’m feeling great, I can’t ask for more,” Chan said.
Chan was short-stacked for a large part of the final table and said he needed considerable luck to put himself back in contention.
“When it was five-handed I was down to about a million in chips but I got pretty lucky when I climbed two spots, when fourth and fifth got eliminated, and I doubled up a few times which got me in the game again,” Chan said.
Play on the first day of the final table went for an incredible fourteen hours before tournament officials made the decision to suspend the event, a decision that Chan said he was very happy about.
“I was happy because I was really, really tired and I could get some rest and start fresh again which really helped,” he said.
“We had played for too long and we were like I can’t think anymore.”
The defining moment of the tournament for Chan came when he doubled through poker superstar Patrik Antonius, when the tournament was three-handed, which crippled the Finn who was eliminated on the very next hand.
Chan rode this momentum into the heads-up battle and took only a few hands to eliminate Joseph Cabret and claim the Aussie Millions Crown.
Chan is only new to the live tournament poker scene and got his grounding in the game by playing online.
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