To start proceedings here on Day 2 all eyes were on 2005 WSOP Main Event champion and Australian Poker Hall of Fame chairman Joe Hachem who had taken to the microphone with some announcements.
Surrounded by fellow Hall of Famers Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros, Leo Boxell, Graeme Putt, Jason Gray and Mel Juda, Hachem called up New Zealand’s [Removed:17] to the podium to be presented with the Young Achiever Award.
The award was to acknowledge Yan’s hard work and success on the circuit in the last few years. Yan has amassed over $3.5 million in live cashes since 2012 and scored himself $796,459 for a runner-up finish in the EPT €25,000 8-handed event last year.
After a few words from Yan, Hachem revealed that it was time to induct a new member into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame. That honour was bestowed upon none other than 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Manny Stavropoulos.
The Melbourne local reflected on how poker has changed since he won his first tournament years ago and how it was an honor to receive such prestigious recognition.
After a round of applause from the seated players and the railbirds alike it was then time to shuffle up and deal, with cards in the air for Day 2 of this 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event.