Thrown together at the last minute, the Aussie Millions $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller event still managed to draw a surprising 20-player field to the Crown Casino for what would mark the largest buy-in for a poker tournament ever recorded.
Top players like Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, John Juanda, Annette Obrestad and Dan "Jungleman12" Cates all jumped at the chance to play.
But none could eliminate 2010 Poker Hall of Fame inductee and eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who won the title and $2.5 million first-place prize, catapulting into third place on poker's all-time leading money winner's list behind Daniel Negreanu and Ivey.
"I'm really, really excited to win this," Seidel said. "This is really special. It was such an elite field and the entry fee was so big. I didn't want to lose $250,000, so first of all, just to get the 250 back was nice.
"It's just so unbelievable, I'm just having such an amazing month, or year, so far. It's incredible."
Less than a week ago, Seidel finished third in the $100k high roller event at the Aussie Millions with Brit Sam Trickett booking the win.
All signs pointed to Trickett earning an amazing double as he went into the final nine holding a massive lead, knocked out the majority of the players at the final table and entered heads-up with Seidel holding a 5:1 chip lead.
But in the end, everything went Seidel's way.
"It didnt look good and it didn't feel good," said Seidel. "I was really happy I was winning a million and a half dollars and obviously I'm not laying down, so I figured I'll sit and play and hope things go well. Then they did.
"When you're playing heads up and your opponent has the best hand every hand there's really not much you can do and that's what happened. Sam gave me trouble in the last high roller. He played great and was the best player at the table. I was just very lucky tonight."
The historic event paid the top three spots.
Here's how things finished up:
1 Erik Seidel $2.5 million
2 Sam Trickett $1.5 million
3 David Benyamine $1 million