The Aussie Millions is always one of the most highly anticipated events in the poker circuit, not just in Australia but in the rest of the world as well. Poker Pros practically flock there to have a shot at the huge prize pools generated at the said event, and the AUD $100,000 Challenge was no exception. As a matter of fact, the field was one of the most star-studded ever, with some of the biggest names in the industry taking part. Sam Trickett was able to outlast them all and make it to the very top, however, and was the one to take home the prestigious title as well as the huge grand prize of AUD $1,525,000.
A Star-studded Field
If the pros determined the weight of the world, the earth would be tilting at its axis right now. So many of them are playing at the Ausssie Millions right now that it’s hard to determine who to watch out for or to follow with the camera. The AUD $100,000 Challenge, for one, managed to attract close to 40 huge pros, among them the likes of Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Erick Lindgren, Joe Hachem, Howard Lederer, and more. The final table was particularly star studded too. As is traditional for the Aussie Millions, six people managed to make it into the final table. At that point, everybody in the final table was being extra careful, guarding their chips fiercely, almost nobody showing any unnecessary aggression.
Still, first final table eliminations are practically unavoidable, and it just so happened that poker pro, David Benyamine was the first one to go, courtesy of Trickett, who gained quite a number of chips by doing so. Following him was James Obst, who went out on fifth place. At fourth place was David Steicke, who fell against Erik Seidel, hurling Seidel into the chip lead. With only three players left, the play became particularly intense, and it took more than four hours before Seidel got crippled with a short stack. It was Tony Bloom who finally eliminated Seidel, his A-J winning against Seidel’s J-8.
Heads Up Play
Finally, it was Bloom vs. Trickett for heads up play. A stark contrast to the rest of the final table play, these two actually battled it out for a very short time before a winner was determined. Trickett held a 2:1 chip lead over Bloom, so it wasn’t difficult for him to overpower the other player. His A-K eventually won out against Bloom’s Q-9, with the board being no help to the latter, and Trickett went on to win the prestigious title as well as the AUD $1,525,000 grand prize. With that amount of money, Trickett will be able to dabble in a lot of online games, from high stakes online poker to some of the online slot casinos.