The sharks came out for the big fish on Monday as the Million Dollar Cash Game kicked off in Melbourne, Australia at the 2011 Aussie Millions. We'll tell you who was involved and give you a look at the action. We're also going to tell you which November Niner took down UBOC 6 Event #16, and more. We know you don't like Mondays, neither do we, but this might make them a little easier to get through. Enjoy!
In Case You Missed It
The World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw is down to its final two tables. If you want to find out who made it, you'll have to read the WSOP-C recap.
The Sunday Grind went Down Under this week, to check out the grind station of one of Melbourne's own. Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Van "Sirens" Marcus to see where he does most of his online poker playing and check out his red hot ride in the latest edition of the Sunday Grind.
Miss any of the Sunday Majors results? Don't sweat it. The Sunday Briefing has you covered.
Lars Bonding recently won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up two time in a matter of three weeks. We caught up with him to discuss those wins, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and working with mindset coach Sam Chauhan.
High Stakes Down Under
On Monday in Melbourne, Australia, the 2011 Aussie Millions held its Million Dollar Cash Game. The game was filmed for television, but PokerNews was there to capture all of the big pots and madness that ensued.
To kick things off, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Eli Elezra, and John Juanda were joined by three wealthy Chinese businessmen who are regulars in the high-stakes cash games in Macau. They played no-limit hold'em at $500/$1,000 with a $100 ante and a minimum buy-in of $100,000.
We can't recap it all here, but there were plenty of all-ins, crazy action, and, of course, prop betting going on. The eight played for about five hours before Ivey lost a big pot and Chinese businessmen decided they had had enough.
Soon after, a whole new cast of characters showed up to Studio 3 to get in on the action. Dwan, Elezra, and Antonius decided to stick around, but Justin Smith, Andrew Feldman, Sam Trickett, Daniel Cates, and David Benyamine took their seats.
PokerNews was there covering all of the action, and you can check out the Live Reporting Blog for the updates.
November Niner Wins UBOC Event #16
The UBOC 6 $2,000+100 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller ($750k Guaranteed) kicked off at 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday on UB. After 387 entrants, it was 2010 World Series of Poker November Niner Matt Jarvis (not to be confused with PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Matthew Parvis) who was left standing.
Jarvis tweeted Sunday night, "Just made a deal 4 handed in the UBOC16 2k high roller event for $107,900. Now playing it out for $15k and the title :) JARFISH!!!" Then one hour later, "Ended up shipping it after deal was made 123k baby."
There are still a few more UBOC 6 events left, but you can't play them if you don't have an account, so why don't you go ahead and sign up for a UB account, and get in the game.
LA Poker Classic Under Way
The LA Poker Classic kicked off Wednesday with a $335 buy-in $1 million guarantee tournament. There were four different start days, and players were allowed to buy back in on the next day if they went busto. There were 2,847 unique buy-ins, but the repechage format of the tournament garnered 4,179 total buy-ins for a prize pool of $1,191,015. First place will take home $250,000.
There are 54 events on the docket, including knockout bounties, heads-up, shootouts, six-max, a tag team event on Valentine's Day, a $2,100 Iron Man, and estimated prize pools of $20 million.
You don't have to head out to Los Angeles right this moment, the event does run up until March 3, but you'll definitely not want to miss all the action at the Commerce Casino.
Check out the LAPC blog for more updates.
Last week, 24-year-old David Engleton's home game was busted by the Virginia Beach police department. "People have friendly games everywhere," Engleton said. "I don't understand why they came and kicked my door in."
According to police, the investigation of Engleton's game began in December when an undercover officer began playing in the game. Police say Engleton was taking a rake from the game and about 10 to 15 players played in the game. A 9 mm handgun, marijuana, and almost $800 were seized in the raid.
Engleton is being charged with operating an illegal gambling operation, distribution of marijuana, and common nuisance.
Wavy.com has more.
Million Dollar Cash Game
Lynn Gilmartin was on set at the Million Dollar Cash Game at the 2011 Aussie Millions, and while we told you about it earlier, there's really nothing like seeing it. Enjoy.
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