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  • Mervin Chan Wins 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by Ryan

The 2013 Aussie Millions featured some of the biggest and best names in all of poker, and we also saw quite a bit of excellent poker as well. The event drew in quite a nice number of players, ending up at 629 total. This left the prize pool at a total of $6,290,000, and it meant that we were going to see two players get awarded pay days of more than $1 million. When the final table action began, it ran on and on for quite a while as we waited to see who the big winner of the event was going to be. Saturday featured some incredible play that ran over 15 hours, and left us with three players attempting to take down the title.

The three came back to the action on Sunday to the Crown Casino to try to win the title, and the three players featured Mervin Chan, the one of the most talked about and well-known poker players in the world today in Patrik Antonius. The other player who made it to the final day was Joseph Cabret. There were some great hands throughout the final three, but when all was said and done it ended up being Malaysian Mervin Chan who won the $1.6 million first place pay day, as he bested both Antonius and Cabret. Antonius went home in 3rd place and won $600k for his efforts, while Cabret was able to get the $1 million score with his second place finish.

Interestingly, each year since back in 2009 we’ve seen an Australian player take down the Aussie Millions Main Event, but this year was a different story. Another big name that drew a ton of attention was Phil Ivey, and Team IveyPoker.com also had some big finishes as well. Ivey wasn’t able to make his push to the final table, but he did end up cashing and finishing in 30th place. Antonius and Dan Shak are both a part of Team IveyPoker.com though, and finished in 3rd and 4th place in impressive fashion. Jay Tan is an Asian poker pro and she made quite a run as well finishing off in 7th place at the Aussie Millions Main Event this year.

Obviously we can’t overlook the impressive finish of Mervin Chan, as this win was the first of his career. Interestingly, this was only the second cash of his poker career though as well, and the first one came in Event #1 at the 2013 Aussie Millions. In that event he was able to finish in 65th place, and this event was a $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event. The $1.6 million pay day is going to be some seriously life changing money, and it’s likely that we could see Chen in some other live poker tournament events in the near future also.

After Chen, Cabret, and Antonius, we saw Shak pull in $400k for fourth place. Fifth place went to Jarrod Glennon and was worth $290,000, sixth place was won by David Yan for $220k, and the previously mentioned Jay Tan took home 7th place worth $150k.

One other event that is worth talking about at the 2013 Aussie Millions was the $25k challenge. This event featured 27 players buy-in, and it began on Saturday. When the final three players were fighting for the championship though it was Igor Kurganov, Phillip Gruissem, and Erik Seidel. When all was said and done it was Kurganov who took down the first place pay day of $275k. Kurganov plays a ton of high roller events, and this win is the third highest of his poker career to this point. His largest win came at the €25k High Roller event during the 2012 European Poker Tour’s Monte Carlo event. He then pulled in a score worth $500k at that same event in the 2011 European Poker Tour London series. Second place in this event went to Gruissem and was worth $187k, Seidel took home $125k for third place, Niklas Heinecker won $85k for 4th place, and Fabian Quoss won $51k for 5th place.

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