Live Events 3
$25,000 Challenge
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in 25,000 AUD
Prize Pool 723,000 AUD
Players 30

Level Info

Level 17
Blinds 8,000 / 16,000
Ante 2,000

Highlights

Highlights

$25,000 Challenge
Day 2 Completed

Igor Kurganov Wins Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge (AU$275,000)!

donpeters • Level 17: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Champion Igor Kurganov!
Champion Igor Kurganov!

The 2013 Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge has concluded after the final five players returned to action to find a winner. Emerging victorious and taking home the AU$275,000 first-place prize was Igor Kurganov. He defeated a tough final table that included a heads-up match against Philipp Gruissem.

To start the day, Fabian Quoss was the chip leader, but that all changed just moments into play as Kurganov picked off a bluff from Niklas Heinecker.

With the blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000, Heinecker raised to 16,000 on the button, and Kurganov called out of the small blind to see the flop come down {Q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. Kurganov checked, Heinecker bet 24,500, and Kurganov made the call.

The turn was the {2-Spades}, and Kurganov check-called again, this time for 55,000. Then, the {K-Hearts} completed the board on the river. Kurganov checked, and Heinecker bet 200,000. With 198,000 left in his stack, Kurganov made the call. Heinecker showed the {9-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a nine-high bluff, and Kurganov's {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} was the winning hand to vault him into the chip lead.

Quoss began to lose some key pots over the next bit of play and fell to be one of the short stacks. Then, about a third of the way into Level 15 with the blinds at 5,000/10,000/1,000, Quoss was eliminated.

After Quoss moved all in for 70,000 from the cutoff seat, Heinecker reraised all in from the button to 214,000. Everyone else folded, leaving Quoss at risk with the {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs} to Heinecker's {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}. The board ran out {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, and Quoss was eliminated in fifth place for AU$51,000.

Shortly after Quoss hit the rail, his executioner Heinecker joined him. Heinecker was all in preflop from the small blind for 146,000 with the {Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} against Kurganov's {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. A {K-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{K-Spades} board gave the win to Kurganov and sent Heinecker home with a payday of AU$85,000.

After a good bit of three-handed play, Erik Seidel fell in third place and took home AU$125,000. He fell at the hands of Kurganov, but did very well for himself as he began the day with the disadvantage of being the shortest stack returning.

On his final hand, Seidel flopped a straight with the {8-Clubs}{6-Spades} on the {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop. Kurganov got all the money in against him with the {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} for a flush draw and hit it when the {8-Diamonds} landed on the turn. With Seidel drawing dead, the river blanked off, and he was out the door.

Seidel's elimination left Kurganov heads up against one of his close friends, Gruissem. At the start of the match, Kurganov held the lead with 859,000 to Gruissem's 641,000, but Gruissem quickly closed the gap before taking the lead and knocking Kurganov under 400,000 in chips.

Kurganov fought back some, then hovered around the 500,000-chip mark while Gruissem maintained the lead. Then, he found a double during Level 17 with the blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000.

On the {J-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop, Kurganov was all in with the {A-Spades}{A-Clubs} against Gruissem's {Q-Diamonds}{J-Spades}. The turn was the {6-Diamonds} and the river the {2-Diamonds}, giving Kurganov the win and doubling him to over one million in chips. Shortly thereafter, it was all over.

From the button, Kurganov raised to 32,000 before Gruissem three-bet to 82,000 from the big blind. Kurganov called to see the {K-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop. Gruissem led with a bet of 70,000, and Kurganov made the call.

The turn paired the board with the {10-Diamonds}, and both players checked to see the {3-Hearts} fall on the river. Gruissem moved all in for right around 235,000, and Kurganov snapped him off with the {Q-Hearts}{10-Spades} for trip tens. Gruissem held a losing {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and was eliminated in second place for AU$187,000.

The last time Kurganov and Gruissem faced heads up was back in 2011 at the European Poker Tour London £25,000 High Roller. In that event, Gruissem defeated Kurganov to win the title, but this time Kurganov was able to grab his revenge. Along with that revenge came AU$275,000 in prize money, which is astonishingly only Kurganov's third largest score of the trip to the 2013 Aussie Millions. Previously, Kurganov finished second in the $100,000 Challenge for AU$610,000 and fourth in the $250,000 Challenge for AU$500,000.

PlacePlayerPrize (AU$)
1Igor Kurganov$275,000
2Philipp Gruissem$187,000
3Erik Seidel$125,000
4Niklas Heinecker$85,000
5Fabian Quoss$51,000

With that, PokerNews' coverage of the 2013 Aussie Millions has come to a close. It's been a great series and plenty of memories have been had, but the one thing that will stick out forever, though, is Team Germany and all of their accomplishments Down Under this year. It's pretty clear that they came, they saw, and they conquered.

Until next time, thank you for following along and we hope to see you at the next stop on tour. For us, it's off to the baccarat tables to squeeze away!

Tags: Erik SeidelFabian QuossIgor KurganovNiklas HeineckerPhilipp Gruissem

Philipp Gruissem Eliminated in 2nd Place (AU$187,000)

donpeters • Level 17: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Philipp Gruissem - 2nd Place
Philipp Gruissem - 2nd Place

From the button, Igor Kurganov raised to 32,000. After Philipp Gruissem three-bet from the big blind to 82,000, Kurganov called to take a flop in position.

The dealer fanned out the {K-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, and Gruissem led with a bet of 70,000. Kurganov made the call to see the {10-Diamonds} pair the board on the turn. Gruissem checked, and Kurganov checked behind.

The river completed the board with the {3-Hearts}, and Gruissem announced that he was all in with his stack of 235,000. Kurganov snap-called.

Gruissem showed the {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} for two pair, kings and tens. Kurganov had him beat with the {Q-Hearts}{10-Spades} for trip tens and won the pot. Winning that pot eliminated Gruissem in second place and netted Kurganov the victory for AU$275,000. For his finish, Gruissem earned AU$187,000.

Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 1,500,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de Busted

Tags: Philipp GruissemIgor Kurganov

Aces Give Kurganov The Lead

Happy_Freaked • Level 17: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Igor Kurganov raised to 32,000 preflop and Philipp Gruissem called from the big blind. The flop came down {8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and Gruissem checked to Kurganov who bet 40,000. Gruissem raised it up to 110,000 and Kurganov went in to the tank. After a while he put out 210,000 and Gruissem moved all in. Kurganov snap-called.

Kurganov: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}
Gruissem: {Q-Diamonds}{J-Spades}

The board ran out {6-Diamonds}, {2-Diamonds} and Kurganov doubled back up into the chip lead.

Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 1,104,000 533,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 396,000 -533,000

Tags: Philipp GruissemIgor Kurganov

Level:
17
Blinds:
8,000/16,000
Ante:
2,000

Kurganov Five-Bet Jams

donpeters • Level 16: 6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante
Igor Kurganov
Igor Kurganov

From the button, Philipp Gruissem raised to 25,000. Igor Kurganov reraised to around 75,000 from the big blind, although the actual amount was unknown. Gruissem then made it 155,000 to go, and Kurganov shoved. Gruissem snap-folded, and Kurganov won the pot.

Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 940,000 -183,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 560,000 183,000

Tags: Igor KurganovPhilipp Gruissem

Gruissem Takes a Big Lead

Happy_Freaked • Level 16: 6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante

Philipp Gruissem raised to 25,000 from the button and Igor Kurganov called from the big blind. The flop brought out {7-Clubs}{J-Spades}{6-Hearts} and Kurganov checked to Gruissem who bet 30,000. Kurganov raised it up to 90,000 and Gruissem called.

On the turn the {K-Clubs} hit and Kurganov bet 140,000. Gruissem tanked for a bit before sliding out the call.

The river brought the {3-Diamonds} and Kurganov counted out a large bet worth 255,000. Gruissem called and Kurganov showed two pair according to the dealer. Gruissem turned over {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and took down this massive pot.

Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 1,123,000 400,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 377,000 -400,000

Tags: Igor KurganovPhilipp Gruissem