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Phil Ivey Scores $4M in 2014 Aussie Millions $250K Challenge

by | Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

In a case of history repeating itself, Phil Ivey has won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the second time in three years.

Returning to the tournament scene in spectacular fashion in 2012 by taking the Aussie Millions title, Ivey managed to do it again on Monday. However, this time around he pocketed double his winnings from two years ago by banking AU$4,000,000—the largest single cash prize of his career.

The record-setting event contained 46 entrants, and Ivey was one of the few players to only fire one AU$250,000 bullet. Ivey was never top of the leaderboard, heading into Day 2 in seventh overall position with 622,000 chips, and the eight-handed televised final table in second-last position with 976,000 chips. Nevertheless, he successfully battled his way back into the mix and eventually top position.

Max Altergott was the first player eliminated from the table in eighth place. His elimination meant the remaining seven players were each on the verge of winning at least AU$500,000. Unfortunately for Erik Seidel, he just missed out with his bust in seventh place.

Seidel fell to Fabian Quoss during Level 14 after betting all in for around 15 big blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000. With that, the remaining six players were guaranteed a payday of at least half a million Australian dollars.

After that, Tom Dwan fell in sixth place (AU$500,000), Quoss hit the rails in fifth place (AU$800,000), Daniel Negreanu was eliminated in fourth place (AU$1,250,000), and Mike McDonald busted in third (AU$1,900,000) leaving Ivey up against Isaac Haxton. Both Negreanu and McDonald were in the event for three bullets (AU$750,000) and managed to pull off a profit.

Haxton was just trying to get himself unstuck from his unsuccessful 2014 Aussie Millions run. After busting in both the $25,000 Challenge and the Main Event, and firing six bullets in the $100,000 Challenge and two bullets in this event he had racked up a total of AU$1,600,00 in buy-ins. By finishing runner-up and claiming AU$2,820,000 he managed to do very well for himself.

Haxton went into the heads-up play with the lead—6.15 million to Ivey’s 5.35 million—and even had Ivey down around the two million mark at one stage. But like the rest of the Challenge, Ivey fought his way back to the top. On the final hand, Ivey limped the button for 160,000 and Haxton had to raise all in from the big blind if he had any hope of winning. But the board sealed the deal for Ivey and Haxton was eliminated in second place.

Ivey’s win moved his total lifetime tournaments earnings to over $20,000,000 and he moved into second position on poker’s all-time money list. He also became the first two-time winner of the $250,000 Challenge, quite the feat considering the event has only run four times.

2014 Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge Final Table Results

Finish    Player                                 Prize (AU$)

1              Phil Ivey                            $4,000,000

2              Isaac Haxton                   $2,820,000

3              Mike McDonald               $1,900,000

4              Daniel Negreanu           $1,250,000

5              Fabian Quoss                 $800,000

6              Tom Dwan                       $500,000


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Team Poker Stars Defeats Full Tilt Professionals

by | Published: Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Team Pokerstars Pokerstars, led by Daniel Negreanu, has defeated the Gus Hansen-led Full Tilt Professionals in their battleship team challenge at the European Poker Tour London Event.

Negreanu and his teammates Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier will each collect $50,000 from Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom as well as $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from Full Tilt Poker.

Each individual match-up was played in a best of three table’s format.

The first game saw Grospellier taking on Blom and the Frenchman wasted little time jumping to a 1-0 lead.

Grospellier claimed the tie for Team Pokerstars Pokerstars in the second game before making it a clean sweep just a couple of hands later.

Haxton and Dwan had done battle many times before in a heads-up format with both players knowing the others games inside out.

Both players were cautious in the opening stages of the tie but after twenty-three hands Haxton scored the first table with a set of fours.

It didn’t take long for Dwan to even the tie and take the leg to a third and final table.

Haxton was extremely short-stacked and was; arguably, fairly lucky to get himself back into the hunt after going all in pre-flop with his last 396 in chips.

The luck continued for Haxton and he was able to win the game and secure the match for Team Pokerstars Pokerstars.

That wasn’t the end of the action with Hansen and Negreanu battling on the felt for $50,000.

Negreanu quickly took a one-nil lead and secured the tie with a victory on table two just a few hands later.

Just to rub it in Negreanu was able to come from behind on the third and final table to secure a clean sweep.

The event was very well received by the poker community and both teams said they looked forward to further battles in the future.

You can join Negreanu, Haxton and Grospellier online by signing-up and depositing at Pokerstars Pokerstars.


Negreanu Announces Team Poker Stars Teammates

by | Published: Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Daniel Negreanu has named Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier as his teammates to take on the Full Tilt Professionals during the European Poker Tour London event next week.

The Full Tilt Professionals team is led by Gus Hansen and includes Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom.

The challenge will played with a best of three structure with the winners of each match receiving $50,000 from their opponent and the members of the winning team scoring $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from the opposing online poker room.

Hansen was given his choice of match-ups and chose to face Negreanu while Grospellier will take on Blom and Dwan will do battle with Haxton.

Negreanu said the decision was very tough but ended up backing the judgment of his fellow Team Pokerstars Pokerstars pros.

“The unanimous choice, the number one guy that everybody thought was the right pick and I was planning on picking him almost certainly was Isaac Haxton,” Negreanu said.

“I’ve played heads-up with Isaac and he is probably the most experienced player on Team Pokerstars Pokerstars in this specific format so you absolutely cannot go wrong with this pick.”

Negreanu said the second pick was much tougher but is happy to into battle with Bertrand Grospellier.

“There was a case to be made for everybody but I was specifically looking at this specific format and match-up wise so I ended up going with Grospellier,” Negreanu said.

Negreanu said he hoped the event would be a bit of fun and create some positive headlines for poker.

“One of my New Year’s resolutions was to create some positive headlines for poker in light of what happened on Black Friday,” the popular Canadian said.

“I thought it’d be really cool, and I thought fans would really enjoy watching a match like this go down.”

The challenge will take place on Sunday March 10th at 10 a.m. ET and will be played online with Full Tilt Poker.

This means that anybody with a Full Tilt Poker account can log-on and follow all the action live.

Negreanu Challenges Hansen To Heads-Up Battle

by | Published: Friday, March 1st, 2013

After exchanging banter on Twitter last week Daniel Negreanu has challenged Gus Hansen to a heads-up battle featuring members of Team Pokerstars Pokerstars and Team Full Tilt Poker.

Negreanu will team up with two members of Team Poker Stars while Hansen will have fellow Full Tilt Poker professionals Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom in his corner.

“With Full Tilt Poker back up and Gus being the elder statesmen on the team I thought that maybe we should settle this over the felt,” Negreanu said.

“At the European Poker Tour London Event me – Daniel Negreanu- challenges you – Gus Hansen – and your two cronies to a heads-up battleship style match with me and two members of Team Pokerstars Pokerstars.”

Hansen quickly accepted the offer on Twitter.

“I should probably check with Mr. Blom and Mr. Dwan first, but I have this funny feeling they will make time for this,” Hansen said.

Team Pokerstars Pokerstars is filled with poker talent making Negreanu’s selection a very tough one.

The Canadian said he was tossing up between five highly qualified candidates and asked for the general public’s help in deciding.

The five candidates listed by Negreanu are:

  • Vanessa Selbst – Selbst is a high-stakes heads-up specialist and appears the easiest choice. Selbst enjoys publicity so she would likely accept the invitation.
  • Jason Mercier – The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner is considered one of the best all round players in the world and would likely thrive in this format.
  • Eugene Katchalov – Negreanu knows first-hand how good Katchalov is heads-up with the American defeating Negreanu heads-up during the 2011 Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Tournament.
  • Bertrand Grospellier – Grospellier is one of the most successful online poker players in history and has an excellent record heads-up.
  • Isaac Haxton – Haxton was the not very first player to defeat Viktor Blom in a SuperStar Showdown and has an exception heads-up record.

If they are available Vansessa Selbst and Isaac Haxton appear to be the best choices.

We will keep you up to the date with all the latest from this interesting competition when our coverage of the European Poker Tour London Event starts next week.

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