The 2013 Aussie Millions $250k Challenge is now firmly done and dusted; with the player that managed to outlast the small field of 14(plus four re-buys) was Sam Trickett. He won a cool AU$2 million to be added to his already impressive career earnings.
He actually came into the second day with one of the smallest stacks, as he was sitting on just 580,000. However, it didn’t take him too long to turn that around and once he got himself in front at the top he never looked back.
Chip Counts At The Beginning!
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)
As the day started, there were just seven left remaining from Day 1, with each of the players knowing that only the top four would be getting paid in this event. Three players would not be getting paid, which meant for some cagey play in the early stages.
Eventually it was Winfred Yu who fell in seventh, as his A-Q could not outdo the A-K of Kurganov. That meant that Kurganov was the new chip leader, a position he would hold on to for quite a while.
He was followed out of the door by Erik Seidel, as he was under pressure to make some due to being the shortest stack on the table. He eventually pushed with the A-5 but was called by the A-Q of Fabian Quoss and couldn’t improve.
The bubble session lasted for more than three hours as each player certainly did not want to bust out just one place from the paying places, yet somebody would eventually have to go. That man was Winfred Yu, who eventually pushed with the As-4s and was instantly called by the A-7 of Kurganov and couldn’t connect with the cards that would save him and his event.
Despite being in control of the final table for some considerable time, the next player to go was Kuganov, with his elimination being at the hands of Trickett. In the biggest pot that had been seen in this event, Kurganov seemed certain he had the better of his opponent when he hit a straight on the turn. He knew that the only hand that could beat him was a straight flush, which is exactly what Trickett turned over.
In third place went Fabian Quoss, he was by far the smallest stack of the final three and was looking for a hand to push with. The best he could find was a suited six and seven, which was called by the A-10 of Trickett. He didn’t get lucky and Trickett claimed another scalp and now had a massive lead going into heads up of more than 3-1.
The final hand saw Reinkemeier try his luck with the K-2, but was always behind the A-5 of Trickett, which meant that Trickett was the new title holder and winner of the AU$2 million first place payout.
How It Finished!
Sam Trickett – $2,000,000
Tobias Reinkemeier – $1,250,000
Fabian Quoss – $750,000
Igor Kurganov – $500,000