$100,000 Challenge

Event Info

Buy-in 100,000 AUD
Prize Pool 2,200,000 AUD
Players 22

Level Info

Level 14
Blinds 15,000 / 30,000
Ante 0

Set for Hansen

donpeters • Level 9: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante

Gus Hansen raised preflop and Mikhail Smirnov called from the button to take the flop of {J-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Hansen checked and Smirnov checked.

The turn added the {A-Spades} to the board and Hansen bet 33,000. Smirnov made the call and the dealer placed the {7-Diamonds} out on the river. Hansen thought for a bit and then checked. Smirnov quickly checked behind.

"I win," announced Hansen, turning over the {5-Spades}{5-Clubs} for a set of fives. Smirnov showed the case five with the {5-Hearts} and then mucked.

Tags: Mikhail SmirnovGus Hansen

Tony G Shortening


Dan Smith limped in from the small blind, and Tony G took a free flop in the big.

It came out {7-Clubs} {5-Clubs} {6-Diamonds}, and Smith flicked out a bet of 10,000. Tony G called, and they both checked through the {7-Hearts} turn to arrive at the {Q-Clubs} river. Smith made a leverage-y bet of 18,000, and Tony G made what looked like a reluctant-but-necessary call. He was right to be reluctant.

Smith tabled {6-Clubs} {8-Clubs}, flopping a monster draw and rivering a club flush. Tony G mucked quietly, and his stack has dwindled down into the danger zone.

Tony G lt
Tony G
lt 125,000 -25,000

Tags: Tony GDan Smith

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donpeters • Level 9: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante

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Gus Adds Some More

donpeters • Level 8: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

Gus Hansen check-called 15,000 on the flop of {A-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} from Dan Smith before the two checked the {10-Hearts} turn and {6-Spades} river. At showdown, Smith showed the {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, but was beaten by the {K-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for Hansen.

Tags: Gus HansenDan Smith

A Few More For Gus


Gus Hansen opened another pot to 22,000, and this time Mikhail Smirnov three-bet him to 44,000 — the second or third time this level he's three-bet a Hansen raise. When the table folded back around to Hansen, he spent some time deliberating with a sour look on his face before splashing the chips into the pot with a shrug.

Off they went to a {K-Spades} {2-Clubs} {10-Clubs} {10-Spades} {9-Spades} board, checking it down all the way.

"Pair," Hansen announced, and Smirnov let out a noise of disapproval. The {5-Hearts} {5-Spades} appeared on Hansen's side of the felt, and that's good enough to send him another pot.

The Great Dane is clawing back into this five-handed grind, back up to about 300,000 now. Don't worry about Smirnov; he's still got too many chips to count.

Gus Hansen dk
Gus Hansen
dk 300,000 50,000

Tags: Gus HansenMikhail Smirnov

Hansen Hears a Who

[user66118] • Level 8: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen has been opening up a bit here over the past couple orbits, raising probably two-thirds of the pots to 22,000 preflop. He's had mixed results so far to see his stack hovering around the 225,000-chip mark, but he just picked up a little chunk off his next-door neighbor.

The pot began with Hansen opening for his standard raise under the gun, and Tony G defended his big blind to see the flop. They'd check through the {Q-Hearts} {4-Clubs} {5-Diamonds}, and Tony G took a stab with 25,000 after the {4-Diamonds} turn. Hansen called, and Tony G checked to him when the {A-Hearts} hit the river. Hansen took his cue to make a bet of his own, and 43,000 was enough to get the job done and end the hand right there.

Tags: Tony GGus Hansen

Smirnov Adds a Few

[user66118] • Level 8: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

The action has grown massively more cautious here after the break, and the players have been playing a game of Pass the Button for a few orbits now. A moment ago, however, we made it all the way to a river.

The pot began with Mikhail Smirnov limping under the gun, and Joe Hachem joined him with another limp. Gus Hansen was content to take a free flop from the big blind, but he would not factor in the rest of the hand. The dealer spread out {6-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} {J-Diamonds}, and Hachem called a bet of 10,000 from Smirnov.

The turn came the {4-Clubs}, and Hachem called another 25,000 to see the {7-Diamonds} fill out the board. It went check-check there, and Smirnov showed {J-Spades} {10-Hearts} to win the pot.

Tags: Mikhail SmirnovJoe Hachem

Smith Takes on The G

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

In a battle of the blinds, Dan Smith came in raising to what looked like 19,000, and Tony G three-bet to 57,000(?) from the big blind. The amounts are educated guesses since we have no announcer and not much access to the table. But we're within a chip or two at most. In any event, Smith came right back with a four-bet to about 120,000, and that sent Tony G into the tank for his full allotment, and he threw his first Time Bank chip into the pot. After another 20-25 seconds, he made the call, and there was a big pot brewing as the two headed off to the flop.

It came {10-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} {7-Hearts}, and Smith took pause for several seconds before making a small continuation bet of what appeared to be 47,000. Once again, Tony G needed extra time, and he spent his last Time Bank chip to consider for another 30 seconds. When he was given his ten-second warning, he quietly said, "Pass," and slipped his cards back to the dealer.

Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 435,000 120,000
Tony G lt
Tony G
lt 185,000 -120,000

Tags: Dan SmithTony G

Hansen Gives it a Squeeze

[user66118] • Level 8: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

Mikhail Smirnov raised to 20,000 under the gun, and Joe Hachem flatted next door. Around in the big blind, Gus Hansen slid out a multi-colored squeeze, but we couldn't catch the amount. Whatever it was, it was too much for the other two gents, and they quickly folded in turn to let Hansen take it down.

Tags: Gus HansenMikhail SmirnovJoe Hachem