$250,000 Challenge
$250,000 Challenge
Day 1 Completed

Reinkemeier Leads LK Jewellery $250,000 Challenge Final Table

donpeters • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante
Tobias Reinkemeier
Tobias Reinkemeier

It was a late start and a late finish here at the 2013 Aussie Millions LK Jewellery $250,000 Challenge, but the day wasn't without excitement as some of the biggest names in the game plopped a massive AU$250,000 buy-in on the table to battle in this event. Some of the players even fired two bullets — four of them, to be exact.

At the end of the night, Tobias Reinkemeier stood on top of the pack with 1.237 million in chips. He'll be joined by fellow Germans Fabian Quoss and Igor Kurganov, then Richard Yong, Winfred Yu, Erik Seidel and Sam Trickett.

The field grew to 18 entries throughout the day as Andrew Robl, Gus Hansen, Tony Bloom and Paul Phua all fired two bullets. They all failed to make it to Day 2, joining the likes of Jason Mercier, Antonio Esfandiari and Philipp Gruissem on the rail.

With seven players returning for action tomorrow, three of them will be leaving empty handed. Only the top four spots pay out, with a min-cash worth AU$500,000. Top prize is AU$2,000,000, and it's still anybody's game.

Day 2 action will kick off at 3:00 p.m. local time, so be sure to tune back in then for all the live coverage from the final table. Until then, you can find us at the bar.

Tags: Andrew RoblAntonio EsfandiariErik SeidelFabian QuossGus HansenIgor KurganovJason MercierPaul PhuaPhilipp GruissemRichard YongSam TrickettTobias ReinkemeierTony BloomWinfred Yu

Phua Gone and the Night Is Over

donpeters • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante
Paul Phua
Paul Phua

Picking up the action on the {K-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop, Paul Phua fired a bet of 50,000, and Tobias Reinkemeier made the call in position to see the {9-Diamonds} land on the turn. Phua bet again, and this time he made it 150,000 to go. Reinkemeier took his time, then called.

On the river, the {8-Clubs} landed. Phua shipped all in for right about 320,000, and Reinkemeier snapped him off.

"Straight?" asked Phua right away.

"Yep," Reinkemeier said as he nodded.

Phua showed the {K-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for two pair, but Reinkemeier's {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds} for the straight was the winning hand. Reinkemeier had Phua covered and that wrapped up the night's play as the level came to an end immediately after.

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Paul Phua
my Busted

Tags: Paul PhuaTobias Reinkemeier

Almost Done

Happy_Freaked • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament staff and players have decided to call it a night. We will be back shortly with the end of day chip counts.

No Back-to-Back For Robl

Happy_Freaked • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante
Andrew Robl
Andrew Robl

Andrew Robl was on his way to a second final table in one week but he was just knocked out by Winfred Yu. Robl shoved from the button and Winfred Yu called from the small blind.

"I have a sh*t hand," Robl said.

"I know you have a sh*t hand, but I don't like it when you beat my good hand," Yu replied with a smile as both players turned their cards over.

Robl: {Q-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Yu: {A-}{J-}

The board ran out {K-Spades}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Spades}{K-Diamonds} and Robl was knocked out.

Winfred Yu hk
Winfred Yu
hk 390,000 70,000
Andrew Robl us
Andrew Robl
us Busted

Tags: Andrew RoblWinfred Yu

Double for Robl

donpeters • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

Andrew Robl was all in for 43,000 with the {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} from the big blind against the {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} for Winfred Yu. The flop, turn and river ran out {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, and Robl doubled up.

Andrew Robl us
Andrew Robl
us 104,000 59,000

Tags: Andrew RoblWinfred Yu

Win a Nexus 4 Smartphone and a Share of $2,000 Only on PartyPoker

donpeters • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

One of the most sought-after gadgets in the world, the Nexus 4 smartphone, has been out of stock more than it has been available, but PartyPoker is offering PokerNews customers the chance to get their hands on one — and a share of $2,000.

On Feb. 9 at 15:00 ET (20:00 GMT), PartyPoker is hosting an Aussie Millions Freeroll that is exclusive to PokerNews customers. Players who makes their first deposits on PartyPoker between Jan. 28 and Feb. 9 will automatically be entered into the PokerNews Aussie Millions Freeroll.

  • Tournament Name: PokerNews Aussie Millions Freeroll
  • Date: Feb. 9, 2013
  • Time: 15:00 ET (20:00GMT)
  • Prize pool: Nexus 4 plus $2,000 in cash
  • Payout structure: Winner receives a Nexus 4; cash awarded according to standard PartyPoker payout structure
  • Restrictions: Only available to PokerNews customers who make their first deposit between Jan. 28 and Feb. 9

With the qualification period only being open for 12 days, the freeroll field size should be much smaller than usual, meaning your chance of getting your hands on a brand new Nexus 4 is greater.

Tags: PartyPoker

Quoss Doubles

donpeters • Level 10: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante

Fabian Quoss was all in on the {J-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop with the {K-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for top pair. He was all in for 338,000 on the flop and up against Erik Seidel's {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} for a straight draw.

The turn {10-Spades} and river {8-Clubs} failed to hit Seidel and gave the double to Quoss.

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Fabian Quoss
de 740,000 140,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 225,000 -200,000

Tags: Erik SeidelFabian Quoss