2012 Aussie Millions – Day 11 Report
Posted by: Jo Martin - Mon, 2012-01-23 13:18
Several high profile events kicked off or rolled on at the 2012 Aussie Millions on day 11 of the Series. The start of the $10k Main Event stole the limelight, but the $100k Challenge also kicked off, a nice addition to those with large-enough bankrolls to afford entry. Obviously, the $100k Challenge was attended almost exclusively by the “name” crowd. Gus Hansen was there, together with Jason Mercier, Tony G, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel. The Main Event saw its fair share of high profile pros too: Patrik Antonius skipped the Challenge in its favor, together with Barry Greenstein and McLean Karr.
The $100k Aussie Millions Challenge has been around for quite a while now. First introduced in 2006, the event has always garnered enough interest to keep going through the years. The unique structure of the poker tournament
is quite probably a huge part of its appeal. The betting format is a split-limit one, players start out with 100k chips in their stacks and there are no antes.
At the end of the day, Gus Hansen emerged with the largest stack. Local player Joe Hachem was a close second. Dan Smith, Sorel Mizzi and Michael Smirnoff finished on healthy stacks too. Tony G and Sam Trickett made the final table too. While the field did manage to play down to the final table, it means little considering the fact that only the top 4 finishers will get paid.
The Main Event kicked off with its first Day 1 flight. 153 players showed up to see Joe Hachem give the traditional “shuffle up and deal” call. 7 levels of action were squeezed into the day, at the end of which 68 players were still standing. Brett Watson was the one who managed to amass the largest stack.
Event #7, the $1,650 NL Holdem Bounties event, played down to a winner: Ross Parkhill from Ireland won this one.