Think you could turn $130 into a seven figure score?
Shurane Vijayaram did. After eight days of poker, his pair of fives won him a whopping $1.6 million in the early hours of Monday.
It was his first ever recorded cash win, meaning this is the first time he’s ever won a professional tournament.
Only a week ago, the 33-year-old paid $130 to enter a poker tournament at Crown Casino. He won it, and earned himself a $10,600 ticket into the Aussie Millions Poker Championships, The Age reports.
Vijayaram beat 724 players, which included virtually every single top poker professional from around the globe, including the United Kingdom’s Ben Heath who had hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money to his name.
So how did he do it? Vijayaram said he tried not to be intimidated by the more experienced players around the table.
He said after his win:
I just try to play my best game and not think about people that are really good players.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you just have to get the cards.
The event was watched by more than 30,000 people via an online stream and hosted by poker ace Jason Somerville who described the win as one of the most amazing performances he had ever seen.
— Jason Somerville (@JasonSomerville) January 29, 2017
He particularly highlighted the final which saw Heath ‘go all in’ holding a king and an eight, forcing Vijayaram to make a call based on a pair of fives.
And it paid off – the 33-year-old is now $1.6 million richer.