As soon as Day 3 in the Aussie Millions Main Event was completed for the day, the $250k Challenge got underway with a field of 14 players happy to part with the $250k buy-in.
With events with buy-ins as big as this, you are only going to see the very best poker players in the world coming to have a pop at the title, which was the case today. We had names such as Gus Hansen, Sam Trickett, Jason Mercier, Antonio Esfandiari, Phillip Gruissem and Andrew Robl all dipping into their pockets to have a crack at winning some big money.
The event actually started later than planned due to the Main Event finishing a little later than anticipated. They didn’t want to start the event just in case any players that were in the Main Event, though as it turned out none did although Phil Ivey did think about it for a little while.
Additionally, from those 14 we actually had four players re-buy back into the event, which topped up the prize pool to AU$ $4.5 million. The winner is set to take home almost half of that with a $2 million payday.
By the time the first day had finished we had lost half the field with just seven players remaining to do battle in the final day tomorrow.
The players that we lost were Jason Mercier, Antonio Esfandiari, Gus Hansen, Phillip Gruissem, Tony Bloom, Andrew Robl and Paul Phua, with all of them probably wishing they didn’t bother as their bankrolls are now a good $25k shorter, $500k in the case of some of them.
There is only going to be four players that will be paid in this event which means that three of the players remaining will still be going home empty handed. The player that will feel less worried about that is Reinkenmeier as he is sitting at the top of the leader board with 1,237,000 chips.
He is almost 400k ahead of Igor Kurganov in second place whilst Fabian Quoss is also having a good game in third place with 764,000. We all know how quickly things can change in poker however, so no one will be resting too easily until they make that top four.
The Current Standings!
Tobias Reinkenmeier – 1,237,000
Igor Kurganov – 854,000
Fabian Quoss – 764,000
Richard Yong – 580,000
Sam Trickett – 580,000
Winfred Yu – 494,000
Erik Seidel – 184,000
Check with us tomorrow as we bring you the final days worth of action and let you know who the player to take home the cool $2 million was.