2021 World Series of Poker
$25,000 Challenge

The $25,000 Challenge Starts Today!

Chance Kornuth won last year's edition of the $25,000 Challenge

Welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 edition of the premiere Australian poker event; the Aussie Millions! The poker festival is underway for a little over a week with several Aussie Millions champions already crowned:

The $25,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions goes back to 2012 when 20 players participated and Dominykas "domcee" Karmazinas from Lithuania took down the lot. Before that, just a $25,000 shoot-out invitational was held by Full Tilt Poker who was the sponsor of the event at that time. That event was won by David Oppenheim who beat James Bord heads-up to take home $250,000.

Since the inaugural tournament in 2012, the tournament has grown each and every year. Last year a total of 122 entries were made into the tournament, creating a prize pool of AU$2,928,000. An incredible final table was won by an Chance Kornuth, the second biggest score of his life winning A$790,560 ($547,874).

YearEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize in A$Prize in $
201220A$500,000Dominykas KarmazinasLithuaniaA$200,000$205,895
201330A$723,000Igor KurganovRussiaA$275,000$290,317
201465A$1,560,000Max AltergottGermanyA$241,785*$211,522*
2015104A$2,496,000Alexander TrevallionAustraliaA$645,150**$521,835**
2016122A$2,928,000Chance KornuthUnited StatesA$790,560$547,874
* denotes a 5-way deal with Dan Smith (2nd, A$278,414), Jason Mercier (3rd, A$265,538), Martin Jacobson (4th, A$285,921) and Scott Seiver (5th, A$265,538)
** denotes a deal with Tobias Reinkemeier (2nd, A$614,850)

The tournament will start at 2:10 pm. The first six levels of this event will be 40 minutes long, with 60-minute levels thereafter. The tournament may commence up to 8-handed, moving to 6-handed as soon as practicable after registrations closes. One re-entry per player is permitted, with late registration open for the first eight levels. Players start their journey to the final table and ultimate goal of lifting the trophy, with a 50,000 starting stack. 12 levels are scheduled for today:

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