Aussie Millions 2012 A$ 100K - Dan Smith Wins, Hachem 3rd, Tony G 4th

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2012. January 24.
Huge names made it to the <em>Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge High Roller Final Table</em>,<strong> Dan Smith</strong> took the main prize of A$1,012,000.
The Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge event started on 22 January at the Crown Casino. 22 poker players registered for the tournament creating an A$2,200,000 prize pool. The first 4 places paid.

The final table formed during Day 1. On the second day, players were lead by Gus Hansen, who sat on most of the chips, 567,000. Hansen defeated Phil Ivey in the last hand of Day 1. After the preflop action, 5 players saw the flop(6th blind level: 2.500/5.000), {#}{#}{#}6. The SB Tony G checked, the BB Hansen bet 39.000(the pot was around 65.000), Nam Le folded from UTG, but Ivey went all-in with 123.000. Mikhail Smirnov folded after a bit of thinking, Tony G insta-folded, Hansen, however called.

Hansen: {#}{#}7
Ivey: {#}{#}

Turn: {#}
River: {#}


Hansen eliminated Ivey with two pairs.

Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen

Hansen didn't lead for long, the local favourite, WSOP 2005 champion Joe Hachem followed him with his 538.000 chips.

The second day kicked off with the following players:

Seat 1: Tony G - 102.000
Seat 2: Gus Hansen - 567.000
Seat 3: Nam Le - 79.500
Seat 4: Sam Trickett - 73.000
Seat 5: Mikhail Smirnov - 265.000
Seat 6: Joe Hachem - 538.500
Seat 7: Sorel Mizzi - 228.500
Seat 8: Dan Smith - 346.500

The two shortstacks, Nam Le and Sam Trickett were eliminated shortly, then Sorel Mizzi lost all his chips, to Smirnov's {#}A {#}K hand, on the flop the Russian got a flush draw, and the river brought him the flush and Mizzi was out.

Mikhail Smirnov - 1.018.000
Gus Hansen - 474.000
Dan Smith - 324.000
Tony G - 252.000
Joe Hachem - 132.000   
 

Hansen came to be the bubble boy, as he was the next to go. The Danish pro called  Smirnov's 5-bet all-in preflop with {#}{#}J, Smirnov showed {#}{#}T. The dealer laid {#}{#}{#}{#}{#}5 on the table, the tens held.

A few minutes later Dan Smith opened to 28.000 (10th blind level: 6.000/12.000), Tony G raised to the pot, to which Smith also re-raised. Tony G pushed all-in, Smith called.

Tony G: {#}{#}
Smith: {#}{#}

Board: {#}{#}{#}{#}{#}


Smit won with a better kicker.

Smith was all-in again a bit later, this time around against the local Joe Hachem.

Smith: {#}{#}
Hachem: {#}{#}

Board: {#}{#}{#}{#}{#}


Even though Hachem got a three-of-a-kind on the turn, Smith got his flush on the river, Hachem finished 3rd.

Dan Smith - 1.334.000
Mikhail Smirnov - 866.000


The 3,5 hours long heads-up was quite balanced, Smirnov first took the lead from Smith, than vice versa. They started the 14th blind level (15.000/30.000) with even stacks, however the action spun up a bit later. Smirnov took a big pot with a better kicker, and later getting some smaller pots Smith managed to overtake the Russian. In a hand Smith beat Smirnov with pocket sixes, which made his situation worse.

Dan Smith - 2.020.000
Mikhail Smirnov - 180.000


Smirnov couldn't get back up, he pushed his remaining chips in with {#}{#}6, Smith called with a pair of deuces, the dealer dealt a dry board again.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

Dan 'King Dan' Smith achieved the bigges victory of his life with his present win.

Final results:

1. Dan Smith - A$ 1.012.000
2. Mikhail Smirnov - A$ 616.000
3. Joe Hachem - A$ 330.000
4. Tony G - A$ 242.000

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