2008 Aussie Millions Results

Young gun, Alexander Kostritsyn, walked away with one of the richest prizes in international poker today, an awesome AUS$1 650 000, and was crowned Poker Czar of the 2008 Aussie Millions Tournament.

The unassuming 21 year old Muscovite was basically ignored by the large media contingent in the first few days of the richest tournament in the southern realms – they were concentrating on the legendary Eric Seidel and the local fellows from Melbourne and slightly beyond.

No one would have put their last dollar on the young man outsmarting some of the biggest names in the Limited Hold’Em game. He didn’t just play smart, he played very aggressively, and at the final table he was unstoppable.

Although he had to match-up to one of the most successful doyens of international poker, Eric Seidel, he played his last games with unfaltering shrewdness and confidence. His patience won through and he finally had the ‘Full Tilt’ legend against the ropes.

Even though the Russian had caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament he believed that he could have played even better had he not been playing poker up to the big event:”If we weren’t playing for four days before the final table I think I would have been more skilful”, he said. He was clearly exhausted by the “extremely long battle that was this tournament”.

Kostritsyn started playing full time poker as soon as he turned eighteen, and in 2007 he came third in one of the hottest local tournaments, the Russian Summer Poker Tournament where he won $8 900.

The young man’s confidence was such that he decided to buy-in to the Melbourne event, and he duly forked out AUS$10 000 for the experience. Well, it paid off in spades and Kostritsyn not only outlasted and out-blasted a record field of 780 players, but he ended up with well over AUS$1.5 million and the knowledge that he had tamed one of the best poker men in the world today – not a bad return on a relatively small outlay!

Final Table Results

  • Alexander Kostritsyn – AUS$1.65 million
  • Erik Seidel – AUS$1 million
  • Michael Chrisanthopoulos – AUS$700 000
  • Peter Ling – AUS$500 000
  • Nino Marotta – AUS$400 000
  • Antonio Casale – AUS$300 000
  • Peter Mobbs – AUS$225 000

The Last Word

“We congratulate Alexander Kostritsyn on his tremendous accomplishment. He played superb poker over a prolonged period against a record field that included virtually every top professional and hundreds of talented amateurs from Australia and around the world.” – Peter Mim, Executive GM of Table Games at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.