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  • Aussie Millions $100k High Roller Final Table Set

    Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by Ryan

The 2012 Aussie Millions is officially underway, and we are in the midst of one of the biggest events out there. The $100k High Roller event is one of the most popular and followed events, and this years features some of the biggest names in poker. Before the final table was set, we had a star-studded lineup of players who were hoping to avoid being the bubble boy. When all was said and done though, it was possibly the most well-known player who ended up being the bubble boy of that final table, as Phil Ivey was sent home in 9th place by another professional, Gus Hansen.

Hansen has been incredibly impressive throughout this tournament, and now he finds himself sitting atop the leader board when Day 2 kicks off. Hansen has a total of 567k chips, but isn’t far ahead of another pro in Joe Hachem. Hachem currently has 538,500 chips, but there is a drop after of close to 200k in chips. The hand that sent Ivey packing featured Hansen flopping two pair with his 7-6, and it held up against the pocket eights of Ivey. This is the first time that many players had seen Ivey, as he hadn’t played since Black Friday, except for a tournament at Macau a month or two back. While Ivey missed the final table by one spot, he also missed the money as well unfortunately.

While many people aren’t surprised with Hansen and Hachem making it to the final table, our other six players are pretty well-known as well. Sitting in 3rd place currently is Dan Smith with 346,500 chips, 4th place is Mikhail Smirnov with 265k chips, 5th place is Sorel Mizzi with 228,500 chips, 6th is Tony G with 102k chips, 7th place is Nam Le with 79,500 chips, and last but not least is Sam Trickett in 8th with 73k chips.

If this list doesn’t feature enough big names for you, it’s also worth nothing that Erik Seidel was sent home in 11th place, and Jason Mercier was sent home in 10th place. The structure was set up to make the event move quickly, and there were a total of 22 players who bought into the event. Six players were sent home before they hit the dinner break, and five other players were sent home soon after it as well. Just to note, the 22 players for this years event were quite a few less than last years total entrants of 38 players.

While we are down to our final eight players, only the top four will make it into the cash. The good news though, is that the buy-in was so expensive that the payout for players will be very nice. The min cash for this event pays out $242k, third place pays out $330k, second place pays out $616k, and the first place winner will take home a pay day of over $1 million, with a $1,012,000 first place prize. We’ll keep you updated on this star-studded final table to see not only who makes it into the cash, but also which player takes down the championship and the impressive first place prize.

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