The disappointment of bowing out of the Aussie Millions Main Event on the second last day didn’t last long for Phil Ivey (pictured left), who wrote another chapter in his storied career with victory in the Aussie Millions $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller event.
Despite the massive impact on the high stakes poker community of Black Friday, the second edition of this tournament attracted 16 players – only four fewer than 2011.
Erik Seidel was back to defend his title alongside a star-studded line-up that featured Ivey, Patrik Antonius, John Juanda, Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan, last year’s runner-up Sam Trickett, Tony Bloom, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Dan Smith, Jason Mercier, Winfred Yu, Paul Phua, Nick Wong and Richard Yong.
Dwan was sensationally sent to the rail in the opening minutes after Hansen rivered a full house with Q-J against K-Q. Hansen was still there on the bubble, along with Ivey, Antonius and Negreanu.
The Canadian’s forgettable trip to Melbourne ended when he came over the top of Antonius all-in with A-8 only for the Finn’s pocket jacks to hold up.
Ivey sent Hansen packing in third after turning a full house against a flopped top pair but took almost an hour to defeat Antonius. Ivey called the all-in of Antonius with Ah-Qd, while Patrik showed Ks-3d. The board fell 6s-5s-3c-Qc-8d to make Ivey a better pair and give him the biggest payout of his tournament career.
2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller (16 players, three paid, total prizepool AUD $4,000,000) results
1 Phil Ivey $2,000,000
2 Patrik Antonius $1,200,000
3 Gus Hansen $800,000
• Chip counts with thanks to www.aussiemillions.com