Sam Trickett wins $250k Aussie Millions Challenge
Sam Trickett proved his prowess in high roller tournaments yet again after taking down the Aussie Millions $250k Challenge. He beat out an elite field of 18 players en route to the victory and a AU$2,000,000 payout.
When the seven-player final table began, Trickett was a short stack; however, he quickly remedied this problem by doubling up through Tobias Reinkemeier. From here, the Brit continued to win big pots and pick up chips as other players fell by the wayside. Richard Yong busted out in 7th place after his A-Q combo ran into Igor Kurganov and his A-K hand. Erik Seidel (A-5), who won the 2011 Aussie Millions $250k, got knocked out in fifth by Fabian Quoss (A-Q). And the money bubble burst when Kurganov (A-7) eliminated Winfred Yu (A-4).
Kurganov wouldn’t be able to celebrate knocking out Yu for long since he was the next player eliminated. He had a jack-high flush, but was disappointed when Trickett turned over a straight flush to win the biggest pot of the tournament. A short-stacked Quoss was the next to go when his A-7(s) hand got no help against Trickett and his A-T(s).
When heads-up play began, Trickett held over a 4-1 chip advantage over Reinkemeier. The latter moved all-in on a steal attempt with K-2; however, Trickett (A-5) called and won the hand along with the tourney.
Thanks to his latest victory, Sam Trickett now has US$19.5 million in live tournament winnings, which ranks him just behind Antonio Esfandiari and his $23.8 million. As we alluded to before, the Brit has been extremely successful in high roller tourneys, having won this event, finished second in the 2011 Aussie Millions $250k ($1.384m), and won the 2011 Aussie Millions $100k ($1.5m). He’s earned untold millions in live cash games too, which means that Trickett is a very wealthy poker player.