Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Ole Schemion Leads Final Table of $100,000 Challenge
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.
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.
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.
Final Table Seat Draw
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 tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. local time.
End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)
Dan Smith Eliminated in 9th Place
Play folded to Dan Smith in the cutoff seat, and he raised all in. Erik Seidel reraised all in from the button, and everyone else folded. Smith tabled the , and Seidel had the .
The board gave Seidel the win and sent Smith home as the "bubble boy."
The Final Nine (full)
Tony Bloom Eliminated in 10th Place
In a spectacular turn of events, 2004 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Tony Bloom has been eliminated. It wasn't too long ago that Bloom had a healthy, above-average stack, but he has since run into the juggernaut that is Ole Schemion.
After Bloom raised to 45,000 from the cutoff seat, Schemion reraised to 110,000 from the big blind. Bloom made the call, and the flop came down . Schemion checked, and Bloom bet 115,000. Schemion called.
The turn was the , and both players checked to see the land on the river. Schemion led with a bet of 175,000, and Bloom raised all in for right around 400,000. Schemion confirmed with the dealer that Bloom said that he was all in, then gave a little quick shrug and called.
Bloom tabled the for a rivered flush, but that was no good against Schemion's for a full house.
Paul Newey Eliminated in 11th Place
Paul Newey just fell in 11th place, running the into the of Dan Smith. The money went in preflop and the board ran out to give Smith the win.
With that, Newey was gone in 11th place and the field of 10 balanced to two tables of five. Each table will now play round for round in order to keep the pace even.
Trevallion Doubles Up
Dani Stern moved all in from the small blind against Alex Trevallion's big blind. The winner of the 2015 Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge just two days ago made the call with the and had his last 176,000 in chips on the line just a few spots off the money. Stern had the for two very live cards.
The board came , and Trevallion doubled up.
Connor Drinan Eliminated in 12th Place
Connor Drinan's luck has run out, and it was an unlucky beat that did him in. Drinan was all in with the against the for Dani Stern. The flop, turn, and river ran out , and Drinan was eliminated in 12th place.
Seiver Doubles Through Bonomo
After Justin Bonomo raised from under the gun to 45,000, Scott Seiver reraised all in from the next seat for 250,000 even. Play folded back to Bonomo, and he called with the . Seiver had him pipped with the .
Thanks to a board of , Seiver was able to double back over half a million in chips. Bonomo slipped back to 1.14 million.