2016 Aussie Millions

Event #9: $25,000 Challenge
Day: 1
Event Info

2016 Aussie Millions

Final Results
Winning Hand
790,560 AUD
Event Info
24,000 AUD
Prize Pool
2,928,000 AUD
Level Info
25,000 / 50,000

Event #9: $25,000 Challenge

Day 1 Completed

O'Dwyer Seeks Another High Roller Title; Leads Surviving 26 Players

Level 12 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

The 2016 Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge attracted 100 of the game's best to Crown Melbourne on Friday. In the first eight levels 22 of them took advantage of the single reentry option, which brought the total field up to 122 entries, up from 104 the year prior.

The huge turnout created a AUD$2.928 million prize pool that will be distributed to the top 14 finishers with the eventual winner taking home AUD$790,560. After 12 levels of play, just 26 players remained in contention for the top prize, with Steve O'Dwyer and his stack of 519,000 leading the way. O'Dwyer is looking for yet another high roller score after winning the PCA $50,000 Singe-Day High Roller for $945,495.

"It went good almost the whole way," O'Dwyer said after bagging. "One bad hour, but now I'm at my peak."

Others who bagged on Day 1 were Jason Les (406,000), who sits in second place; Australian big stacks Alexander Lynskey (346,000) and Michael Egan (326,000), online stars Ben Tollerene 263,500 and Daniel Cates (221,000); former champ Igor Kurganov (314,000), and Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov (399,000) and Yaxi Zhu (219,500).

Of course not everyone was so lucky. Among those to take a shot only to bust – in some cases twice – were Brian Rast, Antonio Esfandiari, John Juanda, 2014 Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, and defending champ Alex Trevallion.

The surviving players will return at 2:30 p.m. local time on Saturday with the plan of playing down to a winner. Be sure to join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action straight from the tournament floor.

Tags: Steve O'Dwyer

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 12 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante
Player Chips Progress
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
EPT 1X Winner
519,000 79,000
Jason Les us
Jason Les
406,000 66,000
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
399,000 99,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
357,500 47,500
Alexander Lynskey au
Alexander Lynskey
346,000 8,000
Michael Egan au
Michael Egan
326,000 26,000
Oliver Price gb
Oliver Price
318,000 -12,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
WSOP 1X Winner
314,000 -6,000
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
268,000 62,000
Ben Tollerene us
Ben Tollerene
263,500 -6,500
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
258,000 -24,000
Dean Spagnuolo au
Dean Spagnuolo
Phanlert Sukonthachartnant th
Phanlert Sukonthachartnant
239,000 15,000
Daniel Cates us
Daniel Cates
221,000 2,000
Yaxi Zhu cn
Yaxi Zhu
219,500 -60,500
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
204,000 -46,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
WSOP 1X Winner
162,500 42,500
Brian Roberts us
Brian Roberts
159,000 -21,000
Michael Weiss au
Michael Weiss
153,000 36,000
Benny Spindler de
Benny Spindler
148,500 -53,500
Daniel Neilson au
Daniel Neilson
129,000 48,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
WSOP 1X Winner
123,000 53,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
109,000 9,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
WSOP 1X Winner
98,000 3,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner
80,000 -15,000

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Sam Higgs Eliminated in the Last Hand

Level 12 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

Chance Kornuth raised from first position and Sam Higgs shoved from the small blind. Cates folded his big blind and Kornuth instantly called with {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}. Higgs tabled {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and failed to improve on {3-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}. The last hand of the night proved disastrous for Higgs, no Day 2 for the home town player.

Player Chips Progress
Sam Higgs au
Sam Higgs
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Chance KornuthSam Higgs

Two More Hands

Level 12 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

The clock was paused with 4:59 left for the night, and it was announced just two hands would be played for the night. Almost time for bagging and tagging, we'll be back with all the chip counts right after.

Smith Runs Kings Into Aces

Level 12 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

Elliot Smith opened the button and Alexander Lynskey three-bet to 25,000 from the small blind. Byron Kaverman folded his big blind and action was back on Smith. He made it 48,000, and called the all in shove for 165,500 that followed by Lynskey instantly.

Alexander Lynskey: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}
Elliot Smith: {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}

The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and Smith was left with just 5,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
Alexander Lynskey au
Alexander Lynskey
338,000 193,500
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
4,500 -160,500

Tags: Alexander LynskeyElliot Smith

"I Really Don't Think You're Bluffing"

Level 12 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante

Ben Tollerene raised to 9,000 from the cutoff and was met by a three-bet to 23,000 by Oliver Price on the button. Both blinds folded, Tollerene called, and then both players checked the {7-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{4-Spades} flop. When the {J-Clubs} appeared on the turn, Tollerene check-called a bet of 23,000 and then checked for a third time on the {3-Hearts} river.

Price slid out a stack of chips for a bet of 100,000, which had Tollerene covered. The online pro hit the tank and debated what to do with his remaining 85,000.

"I really don't think you're bluffing," he told Price. He guessed perhaps pocket fours, but eventually called off.

He was wrong because Price had been bluffing with the {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, which meant Tollerene's {a-Spades}{j-Spades} was good enough for the double.

Player Chips Progress
Oliver Price gb
Oliver Price
330,000 -130,000
Ben Tollerene us
Ben Tollerene
270,000 205,000

Tags: Ben TollereneOliver Price

Rossiter Bows Out Late

Level 12 : 2,000/4,000, 500 ante
Jeff Rossiter
Jeff Rossiter

After Elliot Smith opened under the gun, Jeff Rossiter three-bet all in for what looked to be 60,000. Smith made the call and Rossiter discovered he was in bad shape.

Rossiter: {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Smith: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

The {3-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop made things interesting as Rossiter picked up a flush draw, but he was left wanting as the {8-Hearts} blanked on the turn followed by the {Q-Clubs} river.

Player Chips Progress
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
165,000 30,000
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter

Tags: Jeff RossiterElliot Smith