5-way deal reached at the Aussie Millions $25k Challenge

Jason Mercier

65 players bought in for this high roller event and when 30 of them returned for Day 2, everyone expected the tournament to end at a late hour. The reason for why this didn’t happen is that the remaining 5 players decided to split the pot according to their stakes, instead of playing until the very end.

There was plenty of money to go around and the one who suggested the deal was PokerStars Team Pro, Jason Mercier. Max Altergott needed some convincing, but with the other 5 players accepting the deal he eventually agreed and so, everyone got a prize ranging from 240k to 290k. Mercier who championed the agreement and brought Altergott into the fold took home a cool AU$263,000.

Fabian Quoss started the day as chip leader but bowed out of the competition in the 11th place, followed shortly by Ole Schemion. After the 2013 GPI Player of the Year recipient was sent to the rail, Benny Spindler and Tobias Reinkemeier played a few big hands, with the latter getting the lion’s share. He survived the bubble stage but was the first to be eliminated at the final table, with countryman Marvin Rettenmaier being sent to the sail in 7th.

Once Dan Shak left the 2014 Aussie Millions AU$25,000 Challenge in the 6th place and was awarded a round amount of AU$100,000, the 5 players cut a deal. Since there was no point in postponing the inevitable, they decided that the blinds would go up every orbit, which brought the entire tournament to a speedy conclusion.

Dan Smith survived long enough to see Scott Seiver, Martin Jacobson and Jason Mercier eliminated but he had to settle for the 2nd place. Max Altergott claimed the first prize, even though this is only ceremonial as he won the smallest amount of the last 5 players, AU$241,785.

These were the 8 players that made the final table and their corresponding payouts:

  1. Max Altergott – AU$241,785
  2. Dan Smith – AU$278,414
  3. Jason Mercier – AU$263,342
  4. Martin Jacobson – AU$285,921
  5. Scott Seiver – AU$265,538
  6. Dan Shak – AU$100,000
  7. Marvin Rettenmaier – AU$70,000
  8. Tobias Reinkemeier – AU$55,000
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