2015 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge Day 2: Schemion Tops Final Table; Seidel Third
The official final table of the 2015 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge has been set, and it is truly a great one. Ole Schemion leads the pack with 1.888 million in chips, and he's trailed by Jason Mo with 1.15 million and Erik Seidel with 1.083 million. Include the likes of Justin Bonomo, Dani Stern, Richard Yong, Scott Seiver, and Alex Trevallion, and you've got yourself quite the lineup of stars.
Final Table Seat Draw
Schemion's big chip lead came just before the night came to a close when he busted Tony Bloom in 10th place. Bloom, the winner of the 2004 Aussie Millions Main Event, raised all in on the river of a board that read with a flush. Unfortunately for him, Schemion had the for a full house, and he made the easy call to send Bloom packing. Thanks to that hand, Schemion finished over 700,000 ahead of his nearest competitor.
The plan for Day 2 was to reach the final table with everyone remaining officially in the money. That couldn't have been done without someone earning the unlucky title of "bubble boy." That nickname went to Dan Smith, the 2012 winner of this event.
After Bloom went out in 10th place, the final nine competitors formed to one table. It was here that Smith moved all in from the cutoff seat with the and ran into the of Seidel. Smith found no help on the flop, turn, or river, and he was eliminated to move Seidel over a million in chips to end play.
Not only did Seidel hit seven figures, but he found his way to the money in this event for a record fourth time — something no one else has done in the history of the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge. Heading into this year's affair, Seidel, David Steicke, Bloom, and Dan Shak had all made the money three times in this event, but now Seidel stands alone with four. He's also locked up no less than AU$310,000 in prize money to put his combined take from this event at over AU$3 million.
Other notables who fell on Day 2 of the event included Phil Ivey, Isaac Haxton, Patrik Antonius, Jeff Rossiter, Sorel Mizzi, Bryn Kenney, Brian Rast, and Paul Newey.
Speaking of money, the top prize this year is set at AU$1.87 million, and the top three spots are set to earn at least a million Australian dollars. It's going to be quite the finale when it goes down, and that's going to happen on Saturday, Jan. 31. All of the final eight players will now have a chance to make a deep run in the Main Event, which will see them enter the third and final starting flight on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. local time.