2012 Aussie Millions Super High Roller – Phil Ivey Wins
Posted by: James Carter - Sun, 2012-01-29 15:42
The 2012 Aussie Millions’ $250k (yes, you read that right) Super High Roller event attracted a starting field of 16 players, which - given the size of the buy-in -was a pretty hefty one indeed. The $2 million first prize ended up in Phil Ivey’s possession, after he defeated Patrik Antonius heads-up.
Given the number of participants, only the top 3 places would end up as paying positions, all the other players would have to go home empty-handed. The starting field was a stellar one indeed. Erik Seidel was there, together with Sorel Mizzi, John Juanda, Jason Mercier, Sam Trickett and Tom Dwan. Besides the pros, a handful of money and action-hungry businessmen played too.
Tom Dwan was the first victim of the poker tournament
. Gus Hansen was the one responsible for Dwan’s demise. The New Jersey Wonderkid was followed to the rail by Nick Wong and Erik Seidel. Seidel’s luck thus far this year in the various high roller events in which he played hasn’t been impressive at all.
Seidel shoved all-in on pocket 8s against Dan Smith’s pocket Jacks and he couldn’t overcome the odds.
Sorel Mizzi made it all the way to 5th place, but the money bubble was as far as he would reach in the event. Once he was out of the way, the largest bubble of the year was reached, with 4 players battling for 3 paying spots. Besides Ivey and Antonius, Hansen and Daniel Negreanu had made the cut too. Negreanu turned out to be the bubble-boy: he got his last chips into the middle holding A,8o and he was called by Patrik Antonius, who had pocket Js. The board ran out a bunch of blanks and the bubble was history.
Gus Hansen picked up $800k for his 3rd place.
At the beginning of the heads-up stage, Ivey had a marginal lead over his opponent, a lead to which he managed to add significantly about 45 minutes into the confrontation. The final hand saw Ivey’s A,Q get the better of Antonius’ K,3. The Finn picked up $1.2 million for his efforts.