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  • Dan Smith Takes Down $100k Event at Aussie Millions

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by Ryan

The 2012 Aussie Millions $100k event featured some of the biggest names in poker, and also had some of the most hype surrounding it of any tournament to this point of the year. It featured the likes of Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem, Tony G, Sam Trickett, and Sorel Mizzi, and that was just in the final eight remaining players of the event. Another incredibly popular player, Phil Ivey, was sent home by Hansen just outside of the final eight, but we still had one of the more star-studded final tables in recent memory. You definitely couldn’t overlook the other three remaining players at this final table, as all three of them were very strong. To round out the eight, we had a young player in Dan Smith, Nam Le, and Mikhail Smirnov. The event had a total of 22 players buy-in, creating quite the nice prize pool, and a first place pay day of over $1 million for whichever player could outlast the field.

When we started the action with the final eight remaining, the chip stacks were scattered, with two players definitely sitting a good amount ahead of the others. It was probably the two biggest names, Gus Hansen (567k chips), and Joe Hachem (538,500 chips) who were at the top to start the day. Behind them was Dan Smith with 346,500 chips, Mikahil Smirnov with 265k chips, Sorel Mizzi with 228,500 chips, Tony G with 102k chips, Nam Le with 79,500 chips, and then Sam Trickett with 73k chips. Obviously the bottom few players here had quite a bit of work to do in order to make it into the cash (the top four).

Even with all of the big named players still in the action, it was actually two of the more unknown players who found themselves in the money with two of the well-known players. When the final four was set, it was Dan Smith, Mikahil Smirnov, Joe Hachem, and Tony G who were in, but there was still some work to be done. Hachem and Tony G were both never really able to get much going, and found themselves taking the first two spots home, and neither of them making it into the heads up match. This left the two underdogs to duke it out for the win in Smith and Smirnov. Smith had actually eliminated both Tony G and Hachem to set up heads up play, and then went to work on Smirnov. Smith simply couldn’t lose it seemed and pretty much won every race, as well as holding on in any hand that he was ahead in. Smith was the eventual winner in impressive fashion, and he took home $1,012,000 for his efforts. Smirnov still got a nice $616k payday for his run, which is definitely nothing to turn your nose up at!

While this was a huge win for Smith, he has actually won over $600k in live tournaments before this point as well. He could potentially be a name to keep an eye out for in 2012, as he has already won over $1 million in under 25 days of play on the live tournament circuit thanks to this huge win!

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