The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge, which has now taken place five times at the Aussie Millions, kicked off yesterday with 23 entries, including two by Doug "WCGRider" Polk and three from Scott Seiver, though that number could go up as registration and reentry are open until the start of play today.
On Day 1, several players hit the rail and did not return including Ryan Fee, Isaac Haxton, Steve O'Dwyer, Philipp Gruissem, and Sam Trickett. Whether or not they give it another go today remains to be seen.
Leading the 10 survivors is Phil Ivey, who has captured this title two out of the last three years. Ivey bagged 958,000 in chips, with the aforementioned Polk sitting in second place with 863,000. Other notables still in contention are Richard Yong and Ole Schemion, who finished winner and runner-up respectively in the $100,000 Challenge. Yong took home AU$1.87 million for the win, while Schemion earned AU$1.35 million.
Cards will be in the air at 2:30 p.m. local time. Once registration closes the prize pool and payouts will be tallied up, and then it'll be onward to crown a LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge champion. The plan is to play down to the final table of seven in Crown's poker room, and from there the finalists will relocate to the featured TV table in the exhibition hall to finish things off. We'll be here every step of the way to bring you all the action straight from the tournament floor, so stay tuned!