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Chen, Juanda, Holz, Trickett Star at Buzzing Aussie Millions

24 January 2017, By: compncards
Now that the PokerStars Championship Bahamas is in the books, all eyes in the poker world have turned to the Aussie Millions and the four major events on the schedule.

Fedor flies again.

The series features three major High Roller events, which always feature the game's biggest names, and the historic Aussie Millions Main Event.

This year's $25k High Roller is already in the books and James Chen took down the record setting event. The final table of the $100k High Roller has also been set and both of last year's top performers are in contention for the title.

The Main Event has reached Day 2 and has 725 runners, just under last year's 732.

James Chen Wins Record $25k High Roller

The 2017 Aussie Millions $25k High Roller Event set a record for entries, prize pool and first-place prize money.

A field of 133 entries hit the felt last Friday to make a prize pool of $2.41 million. First place earned USD $652,909.

The final table of this event was a stacked one consisting of Ryan D'Angelo, Antoine Saout, Brandon Adams, James Chen and Poker Hall of Famer John Juanda.

Chen earned his entry earlier this month when he took down the A$2,500 H.O.R.S.E. title for $AUD39,700. He went on to parlay that entry into the largest payday of his live poker career.

Ultimately, the event came down to Adams vs. Chen. The pair battled heads-up for over two hours with both holding the chip lead multiple times.

Eventually, Chen had a 5:1 chip lead and Adams tried to make a move with J-4 suited. Chen made the call with A-3 and his ace held to give him his second title of the series.

Chen made a name for himself by winning back-to-back titles in the HK $80k NL High Roller at the APPT Macau in 2015 and 2016. His victory in the Aussie Millions $25k High Roller earned him AUD$861,840 ($652,909 US) and moved him up to $1.27 million in career earnings.

Fedor Holz Second in Chips at $100k Challenge Final Table

The second of three high roller events kicked off on Sunday with the $100k Challenge. This year's event drew only 18 total entries to create a prize pool of AUD$1.76 million.

Due to the small field size, only three players will receive a payday with first receiving AUD$882,000 or about $667k US.

At the end of Day 1 action the final table of seven was reached with Steffen Sontheimer holding the chip lead. Right behind him is 'retired' pro Fedor Holz.

Holz narrowly lost the 2016 Player of the Year Award to David Peters but still had an amazing year with $16 million in earnings.

Speaking of Peters, he also made the final table but is the second shortest stack with just 24 big blinds Aussie pro David Steicke is the short stack and is just under 20 big blinds

Also making the final table were Mike Watson, Sam Trickett and Nick Petrangelo

The Aussie Millions Main Event kicked off on Monday and this has forced the final table for this event to be pushed to Saturday.

Will Holz and Peters start 2017 the same way they did in 2016 or will Sontheimer take down one of the most prestigious high roller titles in the world?

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