The southern hemisphere’s most prestigious poker event drew to a close over the weekend and some of the biggest professionals further added to their bankroll..
Mervin Chan emerged victorious over a 629-player field in the $10,000 buy-in main event to the tune of AU$1.6 million. The Malaysian pro outlasted a final table that included the likes of Patrik Antonius and Dan Shak. Antonius entered the final table as favourite after starting the last day of play second in chips. However, it was not to be for the Finnish high-stakes professional as he took third place for AU$600,000. The final heads-up match featured Chan and his opponent Joseph Cabret. The battle ended in a few hands as both players wagered their stacks with Chan holding on with his three of a kind eights against the pair and flush draw of Cabret.
In addition to the main event, the 2013 Aussie Millions tournament series saw many top professionals add to their resume and bankrolls.
In particular, Sam Trickett once again tasted success at the Aussie Millions by winning the AU$250,000 high-roller for a cool AU$2 million. The English pro battled from the short stack at the final table to top a tough field of eighteen that included defending champion, Erik Seidel. After doubling up against heads-up opponent, Tobias Reinkemeier, Trickett rolled over the final table and completed his conquest with a quick heads up battle in which his A5o held against Reinkemeier's K2s.
The victory was the second major win for the English pro, who previously took home the top prize at the 2011 Aussie Millions AU$100,000 high roller event. This particular victory moved Sam Trickett into second place on the all time live tournament money leaderboard with over US$19 million in winnings. Antonio Esfandiari holds the top spot in the leaderboard with over US$23 million in winnings.
Andrew "good2cu" Robl also came out victorious in the AU$100,000 challenge and took home AU$1 million for his efforts. The high stakes cash game professional topped a field of 21 players that included defending champion Dan Shak. Ironically, Robl became the first person to lose his stack when his top pair on a 9c3d3h could not hold against Dan Shak's AcKc. However, Robl invested in a second buy-in after consulting with a friend and turned his investment into a highly profitable day. He topped a tough final table and completed his victory after his A5 held against Igor Kurganov's hand.
Second place finisher, Igor Kurganov, added a second place finish to his victory in the AU$25,000 challenge for AU$275,000. The high roller took home nearly a million dollars in winnings for his efforts throughout the tournament.
Overall, the tournament series was a smashing success and millions were paid out to the participants. Television viewings of the events and the high roller cash game are set to air in the near future.