Dzmitry Urbanovich Wins Aussie Millions H.O.R.S.E. Opener For AU$19,964

Dzmitry Urbanovich lifted the first Championship ring of the 2020 Aussie Millions yesterday, finally adding a victory to previous second and third place finishes at the Crown Casino in Melbourne…

By: Andrew Burnett


Big names such as former WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem and last year’s WSOP player of the year Rob Campbell had already fallen by the wayside, and the Belarus-born Polish partypoker Team pro was among eight players who returned for the final table of the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament.

Only six of those would make the money, Simon Chahine becoming the bubbleboy after Ari Engel had fallen first. Three Australians were looking for a win on home soil, but these hopes would end when Vasco Zapantzis fell in third.

The heads-up battle between Urbanovich and Frenchman Julien Sitbon lasted several hours, a deal struck along the way and the partypoker man finally seeing off his tough rival in a hand of 7 Card Stud.

Final results

1 Dzmitry Urbanovich AU$28,755*
2 Julien Sitbon AU$27,000*
3 Vasco Zapantzis AU$14,175
4 Jan Suchanek AU$10,395
5 Rainer Quel AU$7,560
6 Alan Wilson AU$6,615

*after heads-up deal

Urbanovich told reporters afterwards: "Melbourne is my favourite place to play. I’ve never had a ring, never won a tournament in Australia. It's perfect".

He added: “I'm going to carry on from here and play as many Aussie Millions events as I can while I'm here."

With Australia currently being ravaged by wildfires, the Crown Resorts and its Packer family owners pledged $5million to help volunteer firefighters and charities across the country.

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