Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge: Ivey for his third title in four years
After 2 days of play, the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge has come to a dramatic close. At the start of the second day, the field remained full of world class talent, with Phil Ivey leading the way. Having won this event in two of the past three years, he took a chip leading stack of 958,000 to the final table. He had company though, with Mike 'Timex' McDonald, Scott Seiver, Dan Smith, and Richard Yong all with very playable stacks. His nearest challenger was Doug Polk with over 860,000. As the day progressed, the field thinned quickly, with short stacks falling, and Doug Polk making early progress. Veteran Erik Seidel managed to nurse his short stack to the first payout place, after Richard Yong had bubbled in 6 then picked up $735,000 for 4 That left just Timex and Ivey heads up. Ivey held a 3.6 million to 2.6 million advantage, and never looked in serious trouble as he picked up small pots to extend his lead. With 4.9 to 1.3, the title was decided when Timex raised to 100,000 and Ivey moved all in with QcKc. Timex quickly moved his last 1.3 million in with AsQh, but was desperately unlucky to see a fatal K hit the flop.
For the third time in four years, Ivey wins this event, adding AU$2.2 million to his career winnings in the process. Timex picked up just under AU$1.6 million.
Phil Ivey in the 250k challenge. Photo Kenneth Lim
Aussie Millions 100,000 challenge: Macau businessman and Highstakes player Richard Yong for the victory
After a turbulent year that involved being arrested over illegal sports betting, there couldn't have been a better way to start 2015 for Richard Yong. With the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge attracting a top quality field of 70 runners, it was always going to be closely fought. The final table included names such as Ole Schemion, Scott Seiver, Justin Bonomo, Jason Mo, and Erik Seidel, among others, which makes it all the more impressive that Yong was able to triumph. He managed to gain the advantage three handed when he eliminated Scott Seiver in 3 77 was helpful, but he still had the imposing figure of Ole Schemion standing between him and victory. What ensued was a roller coaster heads up match, with several all ins called. It eventually took an interesting flop to separate them, which gave Schemion an open end straight draw with two overs, against Yong with a flush draw and two overs. Neither player connected, and Yong's Jack was good enough to win. He picks up his first ever live tournament win, along with AU$1.87 million for his accomplishment.
Richard Yong wins 100k Challenge. Phot Kenneth Lim
Aussie Millions Main Event: Manny Stavropoulos wins AU$1,385,500
This years main event attracted a very healthy field of 648 runners. The most familiar name there was Brian Rast, who eventually finished 5. It's Manny Stavropoulos who emerged as the winner, taking home a life changing AU$1,385,500 for his efforts.