Ivey, Timoshenko and Barer Win Big at Aussie Millions
Phil Ivey, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Ami Barer all took down huge title this past week at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne collecting $7.6 million AUD between them.
Phil Ivey Wins $250,000 LK Boutique Challenge
The final major event of the 2014 Aussie Millions kicked off on Sunday with the $250,000 LK Boutique Challenge. By the time Day 2 began on Monday a record 46 entries had entered the event with many of poker's elite still in contention.
The televised final table was one for the ages. Isaac "luvtheWNBA" Haxton was the chip leader with 4.25 million. Mike "Timex" McDonald was right behind with 1.37 million. Tom "durrrr" Dwan was third with 1.29 million.
Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu made their second straight high roller final table with 1.22 and 1.05 million respectively. Phil Ivey also made the final table but was tied with Fabian Quoss for the second short stack with 976,000.
Seidel would ultimately fall as the bubble boy when he ran pocket jacks into pocket kings. Dwan then was the first money bustout, falling to Isaac Haxton in sixth place and earning AU$500,000. While well short of the $4 million first prize, this was Dwan's largest live score to date.
Daniel Negreanu had to make it into the top 5 in this event to turn a profit. He entered three times, spending $750,000 to ultimately turn a profit of $500,000. Daniel finished in fourth when he ran A-2 into the A-K of Isaac Haxton. He earned AUD $1.25 million for his deep run.
Heads-up ultimately came down to Haxton and Ivey. Haxton eliminated McDonald in third place to take the chip lead and nearly ran away with the title. However, Phil battled back and eventually took the chip lead when Haxton began to become overly aggressive.
Haxton's aggression eventually cost him the title when he shoved pre-flop with 8-7 into the A-6 of Ivey. Ivey spiked an ace on the flop and that was good enough to take the title and $4 million in prize money.
This is Ivey's second $250k title and the largest score in his tournament career. With the win, Phil now has $21.6 million in live tournament wins. This moves him to second all-time behind Antonio Esfandiari.
Yevgeniy Timoshenko Wins Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge
The 2014 Aussie Millions $100k Challenge concluded early Saturday morning with Yevgeniy Timoshenko taking down the top prize of $2 million. The event drew a record number of entries at 76 and the final table consisted of some of the top names in poker.
Daniel Negreanu finished 6th in the event but barely won any money. He bought in five times to the event, putting up $500,000 and only recouping $550,000. IveyPoker pro Patrik Antonius fared much better, buying in once and taking home $700,000.
Online superstar Doug "WCGRider" Polk earned his largest live tournament cash in this event, finishing 4th for $860,000. Erik Seidel continued to show his dominance in high-stakes tournaments and took home $1.07 million for third.
Heads-up in this event was between Mike "Timex" McDonald and Timoshenko. While the two started heads-up virtually even in chips, Timoshenko jumped out to a quick lead and Timex was never able to recover. Timex earned $1.5 million for second.
Timoshenko's win was not just impressive because of the huge $2 million prize, but also because it proved that he can play fast. This event used a 30-second shot clock for each hand and Timoshenko is known for being a somewhat methodical player at the tables.
Ami Barer Wins Aussie Millions Main Event
The Aussie Million Main Event drew a monster crowd of 668 players and the final table played out on Sunday in Australia. In the end Ami Barer won the event and AU$1.6 million.
This was a semi-stacked final table that included Scott Seiver, Sorel Mizzi and Jake Balsiger. In the end, it was Barer and Mizzi battling for the top prize.
In the final hand, Balsiger looked primed to double-up with pocket kings but a flop of 9-8-7 gave Barer an open-ended draw and Balsiger a sweat. The turn missed both players but the river 6h gave Barer a straight and the title.
This was easily Barer's largest score of his live tournament career. Barer has been on a hot streak as of late. He finished runner-up in the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event in December and 19th in the PCA High Roller in January.