In the last few years poker hasn’t received too much mainstream media attention in Australia. The one yearly exception is this very tournament. The face of the Aussie Millions Main Event champion is generally plastered in the major newspapers and featured on Australia’s primetime news programs.
Another exception occurred recently as Aussie Jeff Rossiter was in the spotlight.
The Business Review Weekly (BRW) is Australia’s premier business and finance media resource. It was a print magazine in the vein of Forbes from 1981 to 2013 and then it became an online-only magazine.
There was a piece recently published by BRW titled: “High stakes, Low Profile for Poker Millionaire and 10th Top Sports Earner.” The topic? Jeff Rossiter.
To us in the poker media and the avid poker fans, and certainly his peers, Rossiter is anything but “low profile”. Over the last three years there has arguably been no other Australian player as successful at this game that we all love.
One thing that stands out in the BRW article is that they call poker a sport. It’s a debate for the ages in poker, but regardless of whether or not you think it’s a sport, any time a mainstream media company calls it a sport, it’s good for poker. Rossiter says that he doesn’t consider poker a sport, more a game. It just happens to be a game that he is very good at.
Rossiter’s legacy started here in this very tournament back in 2011. Rossiter was 21 at the time and ended up finishing in 3rd place for $700,000. From there he has never looked back.
Considering the Aussie Millions is now part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), it is somewhat fitting that Rossiter’s next major tournament score came in the 2011 APPT Macau Main Event where he finished in 3rd again and this time collected HK$1,306,000 (US$167,000).
Rossiter ended up effectively making Macau his second home and posted a series of results that would see him skyrocket into 2nd place on Australia’s all-time tournament winners list behind 2005 WSOP World Champion Joe Hachem. None of those results were larger than the GuangDong Asia Millions High Roller which took place in the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room. Rossiter finished 2nd in the HK$1,000,000 buy-in event and claimed HK$24,500,000 (US$3,155,887). Only Hachem’s WSOP result is bigger than that in terms of single tournament scores by an Australian.
With Rossiter clearly having such an affinity with live tournaments affiliated with PokerStars and the APPT, perhaps he will come full circle this week and do what he couldn’t do in 2011 and win the Aussie Millions Main Event.
He’s not travelling too badly late here on Day 1C, so that’s a start.
We recently watched Rossiter move his stack up to around 55,000 in chips. He was in the hijack and called a raise to 800 from a player in middle position. Rossiter’s opponent then check-called bets of 1,300, 3,400 and 6,300 on the flop, turn and river of a 5♠3♥2♦10♣9♦ board. Rossiter turned over K♦K♣ and his opponent said, “I’m beat,” and mucked their cards.
Just around two more levels left on Day 1C!