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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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Altergott Wins EPT Grand Final Super High Roller

by | Published: Friday, May 17th, 2013

Little known Max Altergott has upset some of the biggest names in Poker to win the 2013 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller.

Altergott took home €1,746,400 for the victory, which was incredibly his first ever cash in a live tournament event.

The German has made a living play high stakes heads-up cash games but has only recently started playing live tournaments and his decision to enter this tournament was made at the last minute.

“I wasn’t able to put up €100,000 myself so I had to find some people that wanted to buy a share as well,” Altergott said.

“I was really looking forward to going to Vancouver for a Spring Championship of Online Poker event so I wasn’t sure about this event but at the last minute I decided to take a shot.”

Altergott was quick to pay credit to the other players at the final table and didn’t believe his high-stakes experience gave him an edge in the pressure stages of the tournament.

“I wouldn’t say I handled the pressure better than other players,” Altergott said.

“All the other players have been pros themselves and they are very, very good.”

Altergott went into heads-up with only a narrow advantage over Team Pokerstars Pokerstars pro Jason Mercier but wasted little time claiming his first live tournament victory.

“It was a very short heads-up battle so I can’t really say too much about it,” the German said.

“I was so happy to win the final hand on the river, my heart was beating like crazy.”

Even though he wasn’t able to win the tournament a second place finish was enough to see Mercier climb to the top of the Global Poker Index top 300 tournament poker players in the world list – ending the reign of Marvin Rettenmaier.

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