Dan Smith wins Aussie Millions $100k Challenge

Dan Smith wins Aussie Millions $100k Challenge

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The 2012 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge has concluded in Melbourne with Dan Smith topping the field of 22, defeating Mikhail Smirnov heads-up in order to claim the $1,012,000 first prize.

Nam Le, Sam Trickett, Sorel Mizzi and lastly – on the bubble – Gus Hansen hit the rail yesterday after making the final table but failing to secure a money spot. It was Tony G who picked up the so-called mincash of $242,000. He was followed by Joe Hachem, the local pro falling when he ran his A-9 into Smith’s A-T.

Smirnov had held all the chips throughout the final but just a few hands into heads-up, Smith found himself on the right side of JJ v TT and spiked the double. This resulted in a tough, even match with plenty of swings before Smith took a huge lead when his 6-6 held against A-Q. It took just a few hands more for another small pair – this time deuces – to prevail in a coinflip and secure the title.

The payouts were as follows:
1. Dan Smith - $1,012,000
2. Mikhail Smirnov - $616,000
3. Joe Hachem - $330,000
4. Tony G - $242,000

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