Archive for January, 2013
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Poker superstars Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey are among thirty-six players still in contention to win the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event.
Antonius had a stellar day 3 and is now in second position just 87,000 chips behind chip-leader Ray Ellis.
The Finish phenom controlled his table for much of the day but really added to his chip stack when he eliminated Wei Low while holding pocket aces.
As usual Phil Ivey was heavily involved in the action despite starting the day with a relatively low chip-stack.
Early on day three Ivey got his aces all-in against Gary Kane’s Ace-King and when the board was no help to Kane, Ivey was back in the tournament.
Ivey continued his run of eliminating players when the tournament was on the bubble.
Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson felt good when he got his remaining chip-stack all-in while holding pocket tens but was crushed when Ivey turned over his own pair of pocket jacks.
Benson needed some luck and got it on the flop when he hit a ten to make a set but couldn’t avoid a nine on the river that gave Ivey a straight.
However, Ivey had his share of bad luck throughout the day and heads into day four with just under 400,000 in chips.
In an interesting twist to a regular tournament format the remaining thirty-six players will now be split into six tables of six players each.
It is expected to be a long grind to the final table as they will be playing down to a table of six.
We will keep you up to date with all the action here at Poker.Com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Andrew Robl has produced an impressive come from behind victory to win the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge.
Robl was the first player eliminated from the tournament but chose to re-buy (the only player in the tournament to do so) and eventually got himself back into the tournament.
The twenty-seven-year-old was delighted to claim his first live tournament victory and take home the first place prize of $1,000,000.
“It feels great I have been close many times but I finally got one,” Robl said.
At the beginning of the strong final table Robl was short-stacked but fought his way back into contention as players were eliminated around him.
“I came in with a really short stack and I was just hoping to survive and try to make the money,” Robl said.
“The cards went my way and I went all my all-ins so I found myself with a big stack and from there I was able to pick on other players and build up some chips.”
Robl was quick to pay credit to runner-up Igor Kurganov almost pulled off an amazing comeback off his own after starting the heads-up battle with a ten to 1 chip disadvantage.
“I think Igor was the best player at the final table and when he left I won so I would have to say I was the happiest to see him leave,” Robl laughed.
Robl is keen to continue his good run at the Aussie Millions when he enters the $250,000 Challenge later in the week.
“Now that I have some buy-in money I will be playing the 250,” Robl said.
“I was planning on playing the Aussie Millions Main Event but after this I was might take some rest.”
The 2013 Aussie Millions continues and you can find all the latest updates at Poker.Com.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, January 28th, 2013
The always controversial Mike Matusow defeated fellow poker veteran Phil Hellmuth to win the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship at Caesars Palace on Sunday.
Matusow defeated Michael Mizrachi, Viktor Blom, Barry Greenstein, John Hennigan and Scott Seiver before beating Hellmuth in the final to claim the prestigious title and the first place prize of $750,000.
The victory was Matusow’s biggest payday since he made the final table of the 2005 World Series of Poker and his first tournament win the 2010 Florida State Poker Championship.
Matusow was extremely emotional after the victory and thanked all the supporters who had stuck by him.
“And God said let the cards break even… and they did,” Matusow said on Twitter.
“Thanks to all my supporters and fans was such a great win.”
Matusow had tears in his eyes when he accepted the Championship Ring and said he was proud that the victory represented a victory for the old guys.
“Yes, it is just a poker tournament, but it means a lot,” Matusow said.
For guys like me and Phil [Hellmuth], where everyone was making fun and upset that the final was us two, ‘Oh Phil and Mike, what are they doing in the final?’”
“You know what, we are the old guys, but where are the young players? They’re not here. We are.”
Hellmuth was attempting to become the first player to win the NBC Nationals Heads-Up Championship on multiple occasions but was extremely classy in defeat and paid credit to his good friend Matusow.
“The world doesn’t understand how great a guy Mike is,” Hellmuth said.
“I tip my hat to him.”
The NBC National Heads-Up Championship will be televised in March with ratings expected to soar thanks to the deep runs of Matusow and Hellmuth.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, January 26th, 2013
The 2013 Aussie Millions is well and truly underway. Two gold rings have already been given away while another tournament has reached its final stages. Today, we will get you to speed with all the action, so far, from the 2013 Aussie Millions.
Rupert Elder Wins $1,100 Opening Event
Brit Rupert Elder has crushed the dreams of locals to win the opening gold ring of the 2013 Aussie Millions.
Elder overcame a field of 1137 players to capture the tournament and the first place prize of $250,000.
The local hope at the table was Australian prodigy Brendon Rubie, who won the event last year, but he was eliminated in fifth place to leave the four European players remaining to battle it out four-handed.
Elder had the chip lead for the majority of the final day of the tournament and defeated Martin Finger in a heads-up battle that lasted only a couple of hands.
Elder has now won over $1.5 million in his tournament poker career and will be looking to add even more in the Aussie Millions Main Event that starts next week.
Vakilli wins $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha Event
Sam Vakilli dominated the final table of $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha Event to win the second gold ring of the Aussie Millions.
Vakilli and John Messina quickly took control of the final table and it took just forty-five minutes for the final table to be down to just two players.
It was tougher work after that for Vakilli who took over three hours to wear down his opponent and claim victory and the $53,600 first place prizemoney.
21 Players Left in $1,100 No Limit Holdem Shootout Event
Vanessa Selbst, Jake Balsiger and Annette Obrestad were just some of the big names who failed to progress to the second day of the $1,100 No Limit Holdem Shootout Event.
The twenty-one remaining players will return to Crown Casino today with the top three players from each table progressing to the final table.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Daniel Negreanu has withdrawn from the NBC National Heads-Up Championship that will be held from January 24th to January 26th.
The NBC National Heads-Up Championship is a made-for-tv event that features sixty-four of the best or most well-known poker players from around the world.
Negreanu was set to compete in the event for the eighth time but cited a prior commitment as his reason not to compete.
“First off I like to stay how much I love the event and how great that I think it is for poker and how important it is for this event to be back on the schedule in light of what has happened in the United States,” Negreanu said.
“The simple answer that I am not playing is a prior commitment.
“I promised some friends who need me and my support that I would be there this weekend.
“I’ve looked back in my life and the amount of times that I have made a poker tournament a priority over my friends and my family… I don’t know if I could forgive myself for skipping out on my friends anymore.”
Although the absence of the popular Negreanu leads a hole in the tournament it is still filled with some of the best and most exciting poker players in the world.
Some of the big names competing in the tournament are:
Jean-Robert Bellande: The self-proclaimed bad boy of poker and contestant on the popular TV show Survivor is not the most talented player in the field but may be the most entertaining.
Doyle Brunson: The NBC National Heads-Up Championship is one of the few tournaments that haven’t been won by the Godfather of Poker.
Antonio Esfandiari: The Big One For One Drop winner reached the semifinals in the inaugural competition but has struggled in recent years.
Phil Hellmuth: The Poker Brat had a stellar 2012 and is looking to become the first person to win this tournament on multiple occasions.
Phil Ivey: Ivey sets high levels for himself and would be disappointed at his previous lackluster efforts in this event.
Greg Merson: The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event winner is looking to add yet another accolade to his growing poker resume.
Chris Moneymaker: The man credited with igniting the poker boom has an excellent record in this event finishing runner-up in 2011.
Erik Seidel: The 2011 winner joins Hellmuth in the quest to win a second NBC National Heads-Up Championship.
Dan Smith: The 2012 GPI Poker Player of the Year is looking to maintain his number 1 GPI ranking.
The draw for the event is taking place tonight and we will post the draw here at Poker.com as soon as it is available.